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Biggs

Clint Eastwood talking to a non-responsive stool sorta sums up Christianity in a nutshell, huh Republicans? (Jason Biggs)

Careless

Classic Krugman by Yuval Levin. In his New York Times column (as opposed to his academic work), Paul Krugman is of course notoriously careless with facts. Most of his critics assume he is intentionally deceptive, and I suppose that’s probably […]

Edmund

Burke’s own critique of Enlightenment, where it does not amount to a critique of a caricature, goes right to the heart of the matter. Unerringly, Burke focuses on the enlightened claim to have invented a science of politics capable of […]

College

Here’s a review of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco. You can download the Introduction to the book here. (pdf)

Bluffing?

Voters, Are You Bluffing? by George F. Will. Now begins the final phase of this cognitive dissonance campaign. America’s 57th presidential election is the first devoted to calling the nation’s bluff. When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan, Republicans undertook the […]

Interpretation

Richard A. Posner writes a scathing review of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner.

Significance

Spiked reviews The Significance of Borders, Why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States by Thierry Baudet. You can read the Preface to the book here. (pdf)

Leading Problem

Academia: The World’s Leading Social Problem by Michael Strong. Nineteenth-century liberals believed that: An economic system consisting of property rights, rule of law, and freedom of contract led to “the wealth of nations” and was a sound foundation for peace […]

Hollow

California Higher Education’s Hollow Core by Peter Berkowitz. “I look to the diffusion of light and education,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1822, “as the resource to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue, and advancing the happiness […]

Life II

Nicholas Wolterstorff reviews Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark A. Noll. (I previously linked an excerpt from the book here.)

Revisited

Here’s a review of Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott.

Useful Idiot

Barack Obama, a Muslim’s Useful Idiot by George Neumayr. “The most beautiful sound in the world,” according to Barack Obama, is the Islamic call to prayer. So it is no surprise that one of the ancillary events at the Democratic […]

Creates

PT interviews Howard Bloom, author of the new book, The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates.

Disputed Soul

The GOP’s Disputed Soul by Matt Welch. The Republican Party was famously described by Ronald Reagan as a “three-legged stool” comprised of fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, and national security conservatives. Rather than representing the triumph of any of those groups, […]

Never Surrender

Jeff Goldstein gets it exactly right in this quote from his post “Electoral pragmatism, the GOP, and the anti-intellectual impulse.” Here’s an uncomfortable truth: if you surrender preemptively the very grounds on which legitimate (ahem) intellectual discussions can even take […]

Justice

What Is Biblical Justice? by Tim Keller. When I was professor at a theological seminary in the mid-eighties, one of my students was a young man named Mark Gornik. One day we were standing at the copier and he told […]

Leader

From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader by Robert F. Worth. Late one night in early May 2011, a preacher named Jerry DeWitt was lying in bed in DeRidder, La., when his phone rang. He picked it up and heard an […]

Infanticide

On Abortion, Obama is the Left’s Akin by Gregory Kane. OK, no more Mr. Nice Conservative. Ever since Missouri Rep. Todd Akin made his now infamous gaffe about “legitimate rape,” liberals and Democrats have gone out of their way to […]

Learning

Learning to Like Mitt by Andrew Ferguson. Now that he’s officially the Republican nominee for president and has an excellent chance of becoming the most powerful man in the world, I feel free to admit, in the full knowledge that […]

Illiteracy

Why Nick Kristof’s Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Us All by Trevor Butterworth. Last May, Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer-winning science writer and a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, published a column pleading with the New York Times’ opinion columnist […]