by | Mar 15, 2020

It was around 1973, and I was attending a small Midwestern college. This being the ’70s, the school was already busy debriding itself of its past Christian tradition and regenerating as a sort of flyover Dartmouth. I was in a…

by | Mar 1, 2020

Over many decades in America, we’ve observed a great shift in the manner by which society attempts to solve problems. Despite a governmental system designed by founders who were suspicious of centralized government power, we continue to fund a larger…

by | Feb 12, 2020

What would you do if a preacher threatened a harmless 16-year-old girl because she was potty-mouthed? What began as a brutal — if virtual — dustup on social media between a French teenager with an aversion for religion in general…

by | Feb 9, 2020

There is no more fundamental liberty than the right to respond to one’s creator. Belief in the transcendent obviously varies, which is good reason for the state to stand clear as people respond to something infinitely mysterious and powerful. When…

by | Dec 31, 2019

The year 2019 brought some notable golden anniversaries from a wild year: 1969. Some were glorious, such as the Moon Landing; others were scurrilous, scandalous, such as the Manson Family murders, Woodstock, Chappaquiddick. The year 1969 also marked some shocking…

by | Dec 24, 2019

As Christmas approaches, it renews a long-standing conflict over the holiday. It is religious versus secular. It is spiritual versus commercial. It is serious versus frivolous. It is a profound mistake to see the contrast as meaningless. Christians have long…

by | Dec 17, 2019

Pretty much every American lacking a cemetery address understands the purpose of the rhetoric of the House Judiciary Committee’s report this week on impeachment: “betrayed the nation,” “threat to the Constitution,” “engaged in a pattern of misconduct.” And so on….

by | Dec 15, 2019

If you make it to the end of Moby Dick (it’s been done), Herman Melville starts the epilogue with a quotation from the Book of Job: “And I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” Melville’s readers at the time…

by | Nov 24, 2019

Keith Green is a former security guard at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, serving from December 2018 until his resignation on July 24, 2019. He spoke to The American Spectator about his demoralizing experiences at…

by | Nov 16, 2019

I had the chance to meet a scholar recently, a woman from Norway. I went to hear her talk about a historical figure I’ve written about on this site before — Hans Nielsen Hauge (pronounced “HOW-geh”), the early 19th-century Norwegian…

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