Category: Life

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Undone In a Minute

If you still don't think adultery can utterly destroy a man's life work, you would do well to contemplate the recent resignation and confession of Larry Taunton. I've never met him, but I greatly admired his 2016 book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. Since that book was published, Taunton has spent a lot of time…

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BooksLifeMusing

Profane Public Squares

The Amazon Top 20 nonfiction lists includes two bestsellers, both from HarperOne, that include the f-word in their title and on their covers. A single asterisk keeps both titles from their honest spellings. My memory will not win any awards, but I simply do not recall ever seeing a trade book in Barnes and Noble…

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CultureLifePolitics

Poverty, Dreher, and Story

Rod Dreher, a writer for whom I have a lot of admiration and respect, nevertheless has a tendency to overstate things, especially when those things pertain to his lived experience. Likewise, he has an unfortunate tendency to assume the worst intentions of people who push back against the conclusions he draws from his experiences. Those…

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Gender Equality and Gender War

I have a piece up at First Things today on the sexual revolution, #MeToo, and why women are always the biggest losers in a sexually autonomous society. Here's an excerpt: The two most consequential gains of the sexual revolution in my lifetime have been birth control and pornography, both of which have radically shaped the…

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A Brief Word to Book Reviewers

-Sneering dismissal of an author is acceptable to the degree that his book likewise is sneering and dismissive. What works marvelously well in a review of Richard Dawkins doesn't in a review of Mitch Albom. You might have the same opinion of both writers, and that's fine! But responding to Mitch Albom as if he's…

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CultureLifePolitics

Defining Pro-Life Down

I have only a brief thought on Matt Loftus's recent essay (and follow-up blog post) on whether we should use the term "pro-life" to refer to issues other than the traditional referents. It seems to me that you can't make the term "pro-life" do more by making it mean less. I think that's what Matt…

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BooksLife

My Year in Books

Let's get this out of the way: Year-end reading lists are usually more helpful for making us feel guilty about what we didn't read than making us thankful for what we did. My own year of reading was certainly no exception; the pile of books that I read this year seems so small compared to…

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CultureLifePolitics

Should We Blame the Pro-Life Movement?

There is a strain of thinking among some evangelicals that I cannot get my head around. Here it is:┬áThe Republican Party's collapse of virtue and embrace of sub-moral strongmen can be attributed, at least in part, to the well-intentioned but naive single-mindedness of the pro-life movement. James K.A. Smith's brief Tweet thread seems to repeat…

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