My chapter in the new book, Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith

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Northern Illinois University Press has just published Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith. Edited by Paul DeHart (Texas State University)  and Carson Holloway (University of Nebraska, Omaha), I am proud to be one of the contributors along with Peter Augustine Lawler (Berry College), Robert C. Koons (University of Texas), J. Budziszewski (University of Texas), James Stoner, Jr. (Louisiana State University), R. J Snell (Eastern University), Ralph C. … [Read more...]

Neuhaus’ Law and Beckwith’s Law

John Finnis, Fr. Neuhaus, yours truly, & Jeffrey Stout at Princeton in 2003. We were part of panel discussion at a conference on religion and secularism

"Beckwith's Law" is the title of  the latest column I published over at The Catholic Thing. It concerns what I have dubbed, unsurprisingly,  "Beckwith's Law": Whenever a practitioner of a traditional vice appeals to the right of privacy as the justification for the state to leave him alone to engage in that vice, he will inevitably demand that the state require that those who morally disapprove of his practice cooperate with it, either materially or formally. My column begins this way: The l … [Read more...]

New hiding place for Snowden’s secrets

Apparently, the Russians--in old KGB style--have surgically inserted into their President all the secrets Ed Snowden brought with him to Moscow. Thus, you can say that the proof is in the Putin. … [Read more...]

A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics – The Hadley Arkes Festschrift

Hadley and his godfather, Michael Novak, a contributor to this volume.

I am pleased to announce the official release of A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics, a book edited by me, Robert P. George (Princeton University), and Susan McWilliams (Pomona College), with a forward by Daniel Robinson (Oxford University). Published by St. Augustine's Press, it is a festschrift in honor of the renowned political philosopher, Hadley Arkes (Amherst College). What follows is the Table of Contents:Foreword Daniel Robinson (Oxford … [Read more...]

The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken: An Analogy for Chick-Fil-A Skeptics

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I came cross this blog post last night via the Facebook wall of Hunter Baker. On that blog, called "The American Jesus," a young Christian man named Zack Hunt explains why he did not participate in "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day." (For some reason, "The American Jesus"  cannot be accessed right now. Hopefully, it is only a temporary glitch).Although I very much appreciate the thought that went into Zack's post, I want to focus on one claim he makes: "Regardless, for me, dedicating a day to s … [Read more...]

The Joy of Calvinism

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I just noticed that Greg Forster has published a new book, The Joy of Calvinism. Given the divisions that arose as a consequence of the movement that spawned Calvinism, perhaps a sequel to the book should be entitled The Joy of Sects. In all seriousness, Greg is a wonderful scholar, and the author of a three-part series that will be published at Public Discourse. The first installment is entitled "Evangelicals and Politics: The Hundred Years' War." … [Read more...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

What Reagan Can Teach Romney and Santorum

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That's the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: American Conservative politicians are at a rhetorical disadvantage running for national office, not only because the national media are largely liberal. Our cultural vocabulary is infused with liberal assumptions. For this reason, many of us who largely agree with social and economic conservatism cringe when we listen to conservative politicians either struggling to convey a conservative answer without giving … [Read more...]

The New Anti-Catholicism: Occupy the Vatican

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That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The old anti-Catholicism found its expression in the mid-nineteenth century when the first large wave of Catholic immigrants arrived in the United States. Some of these immigrant groups had set up their own private religious schools. Many non-Catholic Americans, however, believed that Catholic schools indoctrinated students in superstitions that were inconsistent with the principles of American democracy. … [Read more...]

An Uncomfortable and Awkward Question for Conservative Christian Gingrich Supporters

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Are you prepared for America to have a First Lady who was a home wrecker and was once the President's mistress (if Gingrich were to become President)?  Many Christian conservatives--smitten by Newt's rhetorical flourishes, as they are of any "good preaching"--seem not to have the imagination to entertain this question. It crossed my mind weeks ago, but I thought it churlish to raise it online, until I witnessed Gingrich's retort to John King when the CNN correspondent brought up the ABC … [Read more...]


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