Building Houses on Sandy Ground

In the summer of 2004, I packed all of my worldly belongings into a small U-Haul trailer and made the trek from Central Texas to the Florida Panhandle. I was going to begin a two-year clerkship with a… [more]

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The Academy Awards as a Religious Experience

The stylish crowd that walked the red carpet to the Oscars likely had not donned their Sunday best earlier in the day for a trip to church. Even so, the show still offered a look at religion as Hollywood… [more]

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The Church Localversal, Part 3

Ingham County, MI I have a Lutheran friend who tells me that he and his wife want out of their local parish. But there are problems, he says. One of the reasons they bought the house they’re… [more]

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Dillon, MT Having a personal and professional interest in what people think history is for, I read The History Manifesto with great interest. Jo Guldi (Brown) and David Armitage (Harvard) are having a “think big” moment about History, in an…
Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting…
Old Country Church Injury is a means of measurement.
unnamed (2) As he began making the early “exploratory” rounds, a smiling Mike Huckabee recently reminded Martha Raddatz on ABC’s political Sunday show This Week that in 2008 he had run a “very green” presidential campaign that got “more miles per gallon”…
Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
ziggy as soldier Hillsdale, Michigan. The Paris killings a few weeks ago have unleashed a number of reflections about Islam and its tendency toward violence. Robert Tracinski makes a point that I have seen in various places: It is obviously true that all…
Chesterton Well, duh!
6973099511_f9aa5cffaa_k Amid the current discussions of rapidly increasing student loan debt, the unaffordability of higher education, and the gap between our college graduates and the skills necessary for the jobs available, the intrinsic benefits of a college education are easily overlooked.…
4.5 inch Process Gauge Efficiency is a false god.
5400617543_8455f2cc74_b A mainland Chinese student visited my office last week, asking for a letter of recommendation for his transfer to another university. It is hard to lose a student like this—enthusiastic and bright, the sort who sits on the front row…

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She lost it to a goat-like man.
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Illiberal Catholicism One Year On

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Just over a year ago John Zmirak caused a stir with his Aleteia article “Illiberal Catholicism.” In it, Zmirak excoriated a fairly broad range of Catholic academics and commentators for, among other things, failing to uphold the American brand of…
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Orwell and Huxley, Together Again: ‘The Interview’ and our Culture of Distraction

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By now you’ve already forgotten last month’s most important celebrity cause, namely the embodiment of freedom of expression known as The Interview. Hollywood has too, of course. It’s so 2014. Even George Clooney, who briefly tried to rally the…
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A Culture of Millstones

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A plea for pastors to remember their audience.
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year; Or, Books to Buy Next Christmas

January 22, 2015
Philadelphia, PA R. J. Snell A slow thinker and slower writer—some might say the reverse—I’ve been chewing over the Christmas season for the past few days, a remembrance of things past. The issue: what, if anything, of worth does our…
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Bar Jester’s Writing Seminar II; or, How to Write Like a Philosopher

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If you want to write worse than the average undergraduate male, consider philosophy.
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