All posts by Samuel James

Samuel D. James is associate acquisitions editor for Crossway Books.

CultureMusingRandom

7 Thoughts From the News Cycle

I will probably elaborate on some of these points in future posts. For now, I offer 7 stray observations on the last few weeks of American culture: 1) American manhood is in crisis. Men in our society lack religious affiliation, communal bonds, and healthy role models. As far as I can tell, sports, mass media,…

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BooksCultureLife

Eluding E-Books

Mark Bauerlein's observations about the decline of e-reading and the "Persistence of Print" ring very true to my own experience. I have now tried on two separate occasions, and with two separate e-readers, to invest in digital books. Both times I just couldn't do it. My Kindle Paperwhite is a fine device, elegantly crafted and…

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CultureTheology

Harvey Weinstein vs Billy Graham

In Ross Douthat's weekend op-ed on the lecherous Harvey Weinstein, he makes, in passing, what I think is a very important point: If liberals want to restrain the ogres in their midst, a few conservative ideas might be helpful. First: Some modest limits on how men and women interact professionally are useful checks on predation.…

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CultureLifePolitics

Does Morality Matter on the Right Anymore?

The main reason I wrote my reply to Ben Domenech about Hugh Hefner, and the main reason I'm thankful to First Things for running it, is that I sensed—correctly, as it turned out—that Domenech's sentiment was more widely shared on the Right than conservative evangelicals might want to believe. "Cultural conservatives," those who argue not…

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CultureTheology

Hugh Hefner’s Legacy is a Locked Room

C.S. Lewis wrote that "a man with an addiction is a man with very little sales-resistance." The fortune and fame of Hugh Hefner (1926-2017) is evidence that Lewis was right. To be fair, Hefner did not invent pornography, and what his media empire did promulgate is probably considered mild compared to what the internet now…

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MusingTheology

Could Jeff Hood Be Your Elder?

This is one of the most bizarre interviews you'll read this year. It took me a couple readings to determine whether it was satire. The Amazon book attributed to the interviewee is real enough, so there goes that theory. Now, one thing I'd like to gently rebuke my fellow evangelicals for is the tendency we…

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CulturePoliticsPop culture

3 Kinds of Patriotism

A quick taxonomy: The patriotism of duty is the patriotism that involves material acts of fidelity to one's country. This is the patriotism of military service and other varieties of selfless sacrifice. This is where patriotism becomes embodied, and its ideals take on specific actions worthy of praise. The patriotism of affection is the patriotism of…

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They Were Right About Us

It's been astonishing to watch fellow conservatives redefine everything--and I mean everything--they say they believe in order to defend President Trump. I'm now hearing from some that the President's vulgar and hostile remarks about NFL athletes' kneeling during the national anthem are not a gross attack on free speech. Why not? "It's a private corporation!…

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CulturePoliticsPop culture

Capitalism and the Cleveland Browns

Stakeholders in the NFL cannot lose—at least not under the league’s current structure. Owners split money from the league’s massive TV deals and other media revenue streams. That stream is so dependable, so huge, and so guaranteed that it’s done what large, intractable pools of cash have done since the invention of markets. It has…

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