Archives by date

You are browsing the site archives by date.


You can read the Introduction and most of Chapter 1 from Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East by Eleanor H. Tejirian and Reeva Spector Simon here.


Steve Kroft’s Softball Obama Interviews Diminish ’60 Minutes’ by Conor Friedersdorf. All 14 questions the award-winning correspondent posed in his recent sit-down were glaringly flawed. Even Jon Stewart is more hard-hitting. More at Atlantic.


Mark Edwards reviews Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea AD 30-325 by Geza Vermes.

Ingersoll II

CT reviews The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby. Susan Jacoby’s biography of Robert Ingersoll mistakes a likeable fellow with a second-rate mind for a “freethinking” hall-of-famer.


Theodore Dalrymple reviews Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future by Samuel Gregg.


Here’s an excerpt from The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century by Matthew S. Hedstrom.


Is Religion Outdated in the Twenty-First Century? by William Carroll. Religion isn’t outdated simply because some people claim that we can only know what the natural sciences tell us. Philosophy and theology are the next steps in our search for […]


Here’s a review of The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia by Roger Kimball.


Is India Facing a Cultural Emergency? by Sanjay Kumar. India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on January 26 with much fanfare, displaying its military might and cultural diversity in a parade that rolled through New Delhi. While the parade showcased […]


At the Twilight’s Last by David Warren. Reading the pundits, on the second Obama Inauguration — that imitation Coronation, performed out of church at fixed intervals — one might think that half of America was attracted, and half repulsed. That […]


Scientology vs. Lawrence Wright by Caitlin Dickson. Lawrence Wright expected backlash. He says he received several legal threats from the Church of Scientology during the two years he spent reporting Going Clear, a detailed account of the history of Scientology […]


Reliving Horror and Faint Hope at Massacre Site by Ray Rivera. The gunfire ended; it was so quiet they could hear the broken glass and bullet casings scraping under their boots. The smell of gunpowder filled the air. The officers […]


Requiem for a Dreamliner? by James Surowiecki. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a technological marvel. It’s built largely of carbon-fibre composites rather than aluminum, which makes it significantly lighter than other planes. Its braking, pressurization, and air-conditioning systems are run […]

Arab Left

The Region: The Arab Left by Barry Rubin. A decent but leftist British Middle East expert once described for me his experience in Iran in 1979. As a leftist, prior to the revolution he had discounted any idea that Islamists […]


Jonah Goldberg on the changes taking place at TNR.

Grape Whisperer

The Grape Whisperer by Mike Steinberger. In the 2004 documentary Mondovino, the famed French enologist Michel Rolland was shown being chauffeured in a Mercedes-Benz, barking out the same formulaic advice to his clients via cellphone (“micro-oxygenate, micro-oxygenate”). Although Rolland later […]


Lip-syncing the Constitution by Carol Iannone. Beyoncé’s rendition of the national anthem, lip synced, was quite symbolic of Obama’s second inaugural. As she added notes and changed the tune and drew out sections in melismatic digressions, making it almost ridiculous […]


Reason reviews The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby.


Some Possible Consequences of a U.S. Government Default by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel. The U.S. government faces a looming fiscal crisis. A default on Treasury securities appears inevitable. The short-run consequences for the economy will be painful. But the long-run consequences, […]

Nones IV

Much Ado About ‘Nones’ by Matthew Myer Boulton. If you’re a reader of the New York Times, or a listener to National Public Radio, or a follower of the Religion News Service, you’d have good reason over the past week […]