Category: Politics

Lies, Liberalism, and Sullivan

Background: Start by reading Ben Smith’s profile of Andrew Sullivan for the New York Times. Then read my friend Rod Dreher’s defense of Sullivan. One of the smartest responses back when everyone was debating Rod’s Benedict Option came from Andy Crouch,...

/ September 9, 2020

Children, Culture Wars, and Christian Societies

All of the following things can be true:

/ June 18, 2020

O’Donovan on the Secular

This pairs very well with yesterday’s excerpt from Dawson. From Desire of the Nations:

/ May 19, 2020

Christopher Dawson on Bourgeois Culture

From “The Significance of Bolshevism” (written in 1933): Man cannot live in a spiritual void; he needs some fixed social standards and some absolute intellectual principles. Bolshevism at least replaces the spiritual anarchy of bourgeois society by a rigid order...

/ May 18, 2020

Steel Manning First Things

The author of Hebrews tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but to draw near to each other as we desire together the future coming of Christ. Of course, any union of close friends is a desired...

/ March 24, 2020

Honesty and Extremism

I’m reading a book right now recently published by a prominent conservative publishing house. I’m not going to name the author or the book for the moment because I’m not yet sure how I want to handle the book more...

/ February 7, 2020

The Trumpists and the Third Commandment

In his remarks today in the House, Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk said this: Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind. When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius...

/ December 18, 2019

The Quiet Centrality of Market States

It is not overstating the case to say that Americans are having a protracted debate about the relationship between markets and the nation. The conversation is simmering in both of America’s major political parties and, somewhat curiously, it may end...

/ November 7, 2019

Liberty Doesn’t Mean What They Think It Means

In his new book, The Case Against Socialism, Rand Paul writes that he hopes his readers will choose “liberty” instead of socialism. Likewise, in last week’s G File, Jonah Goldberg said a great deal about liberty in his response to First Things editor...

/ October 18, 2019

What is a society?

On Facebook my friend Scott Pryor rightly notes that if Dr. Miller failed to define ‘justice’ in his essay at Providence, my post suffers from the lack of a definition of “society.” So here is a stab at answering that question.

/ September 10, 2019