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Battle

The Islamist-Secular Battle is Under Way by Rami G. Khouri. Three great battles over political power have been unleashed across the Arab world and will persist for many years, until a new political order stabilizes in every country. One in […]

Sports

Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, and Why God Cares About Sports by Timothy Dalrymple. Isn’t it degrading to suggest that God cares about sports? Isn’t that anthropomorphizing? Are we, like the ancient Greeks with their stories of gods who did all […]

Traditions

J.H. Newman and the Aristotelian Structure of Traditions by Dwight A. Lindley III. If tradition-grounded critiques of Enlightenment political thought have been more successful of late, it is in large part due to Alasdair MacIntyre’s theory of the rationality of […]

Universe

The NYT reviews A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss.

CIA

The CIA-Congress War by John Rizzo. I was a lawyer at the CIA from 1976 through 2009, a 34 year span that coincided with the birth and evolution of the Agency’s relationship with its overseers in the Congress, specifically, the […]

No Surprise

This is absolutely no surprise to those that bothered to look at Obama’s political track record. Not-So-Smooth Operator by Peggy Noonan. Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest. More at the WSJ.

Talking Back

The New Yorker reviews When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T. M. Luhrmann.

Battle

Browse inside Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat by Michael Widlanski. (Link is at bottom of page.)

Shameless

Shameless! Cheating Is Now Mainstream in America by Edward Morrissey. Cheating has gone mainstream in America today. We expect people to cheat on their taxes, to cheat on freeway speed limits, to barge into line without challenge. We no longer […]

Believers

Jesse Singal reviews Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Belief by Justin L. Barrett.

Victims

The Media and Black Homicide Victims by Heather Mac Donald. Cable mogul Evan Shapiro had a stunningly clueless Trayvon Martin entry on Huffington Post yesterday asking: Why doesn’t the media cover more black crime victims? Shapiro, the president of indie […]

Careful

Tebow, a Careful Evangelical by John Branch and Mary Pilon. Tim Tebow may be the most popular Christian in sports. He is a cross-cultural phenomenon, a preacher in a football player’s body. Whether religion is at the core of his […]

Godless

Why Do So Many Believers Think Atheists Are Worse Than Rapists? by Ronald Bailey. “We’re here! We’re godless! Get used to it!,” chanted the crowd of 20,000 or so atheists at this past weekend’s Rally for Reason in Washington, D.C. […]

Mooney

Chris Mooney: The Science of Truthiness: Why Conservatives Deny Global Warming So the question before us on this panel is, “Will the Planet Survive the Age of Humans?” And I want to focus on one particular aspect of humans that […]

Crisis

Bret Stephens reviews The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart. “I wrote this book because of my grandmother, who made me a Zionist. And because of Khaled Jaber, who could have been my son.” So begins Peter Beinart’s new book, […]

Discrimination

Government discrimination. Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at […]

Upside-Down

Ramesh Ponnuru reviews The Upside-Down Constitution by Michael S. Greve. (You can browse inside the book here.)

Liberty

Conservatism or Liberty? by Nikolai G. Wenzel. Conservatism is misguided, arbitrary, inconsistent, and ultimately inimical to liberty and human flourishing. Libertarianism allows for human flourishing and harmony from respect and cooperation. More at PD.

No Illusions II

Philip Kitcher reviews The Atheist’s Guide To Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg. (Previous review linked here.)

Revolution

Here’s an excerpt from Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt.