Month: January 2017

Abortion Over The Atlantic

The first thing readers should know about Moira Weigel’s essay in The Atlantic is its original title. When the piece went live early Tuesday morning, that title was “How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person.”...

/ January 25, 2017

Safe, Legal, and Everywhere

Photo of the day: Here’s what I wrote last year about the slow, underhanded, but very real disappearance of the center in the pro-choice camp. What’s happening for the abortion lobby is that its political myths are falling apart. “Safe,...

/ January 21, 2017

The Thrill Is Gone

Some scattered thoughts about that Sherlock finale….[warning: possible spoilers ahead] To me, the whole of season 4 has been a scattered, hokey, delight-scarce mess. “The Final Problem” epitomized that characterization. Yes, it was interesting, in the same way that lots...

/ January 17, 2017

Who Framed Christopher Hitchens?

One of my favorite books from 2016 was Larry Taunton’s The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, which I reviewed for Mere-O. I found it to be a gripping spiritual biography of an atheist. No, the words “spiritual biography of an atheist”...

/ January 10, 2017

Flattery Politics

What’s the value of a populist policy platform if the campaign is obsessed with celebrity glitz and glamour? Why was the Democratic convention a parade of celebrities? Why are you turning over your social media accounts to Lena Dunham, to...

/ January 9, 2017

Thoughts on Christian Publishing

On Twitter, Jared Wilson flagged this list of the bestselling Christian books of 2016. I’ve seen previous iterations of this list, and each one that I’ve seen looks frighteningly alike. The gentlest way to say it: the Christian publishing industry is...

/ January 5, 2017