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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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


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.


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


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 […]


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


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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


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.)


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