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The Death of the Family by Mark Steyn. Gay marriage? It came up at dinner Down Under this time last year, and the prominent Aussie politician on my right said matter-of-factly, “It’s not about expanding marriage, it’s about destroying marriage.” […]


The Economist: A Sensitive Matter Over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 […]


The Easter Message of Religious Freedom by Joseph Loconte. As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter, they reflect on God’s purposes amid suffering and death. They look forward to the hope of the resurrection. Yet there is another […]


5 “Don’ts” of Practicing Gratitude by Amie M. Gordon. Gratitude is good. Good for your health and well-being. Good for your relationships. But research suggests that gratitude is not always good.Focusing on what you have instead of what you have-not […]


Gustav III of Sweden: The Forgotten Despot of the Age of Enlightenment by A.D. Harvey. Gustav III of Sweden (1746-92) is one of the least studied of the later eighteenth-century rulers known as the Enlightened Despots. He was not a […]

Tick Tock

The Clock Ticks on Racial Preferences by James Taranto. It has been a decade since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan’s discriminatory admissions policies. By a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that the […]


Of Freedom and Fairness by Jonathan Haidt. The new culture war is about economic issues, and the side that better sells its idea of fairness will have the upper hand. More here.


Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’ by Michael Moynihan. Last week famed primatologist Jane Goodall was found to have plagiarized parts of her new book, but a deeper look reveals a work plagued by rampant copying, obvious […]


The WSJ reviews Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment by Iain McDaniel. You can browse inside the book here.


The Ghost of Paul Simon Haunts Obama by Major Garrett. Washington has long since forgotten the late Sen. Paul Simon, an Illinois Democrat who came to politics a most unnatural way. Simon was a journalist first, academic second, and politician […]


Here’s an excerpt from The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey.

Ingersoll III

Here’s an adapted essay from The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby.


Gay Marriage: From Sexual Outlaws to Sexual In-Laws by Walter Russell Mead. In case you hadn’t heard, the Supreme Court this week is entertaining two gay marriage cases. On Tuesday, the Justices heard oral arguments about Proposition 8, the California […]


Pills Fight Pain — And You Don’t Even Have to Take Them by Tom Jacobs. Looking for a simple way to raise your pain threshold? Grab a bottle of ibuprofen … and then put it back down, unopened. Newly published […]

End Tax

Difference Engine: End the Ethanol Tax The uneasy relationship between America’s corn (maize) farmers and its oil refiners is fraying at the edges. The source of the conflict is the amount of corn-derived ethanol which has to be blended into […]


Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence, and the Atheist’s Teapot by Brian Garvey. Atheists often admit that there is no positive evidence for atheism. Many argue that there is nonetheless a prima facie argument, which I will refer to as […]


The Nation reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg.


The Death of Contrarianism by Matt Welch. So what can we expect from the new New Republic? Judging from its output since the redesign, this is a magazine that is prepared to spend (and therefore lose) more money than it […]


Mortimer Zuckerman: The Great Recession Has Been Followed by the Grand Illusion The Great Recession is an apt name for America’s current stagnation, but the present phase might also be called the Grand Illusion—because the happy talk and statistics that […]


Here’s two interviews with the new President of Fuller Theological Seminary, Mark Labberton. Christianity Today Philosophical Fragments