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The New York Times debates Was Marx Right? In the golden, post-war years of Western economic growth, the comfortable living standard of the working class and the economy’s overall stability made the best case for the value of capitalism and […]


The Christian Penumbra by Ross Douthat. Here is a seeming paradox of American life. One the one hand, there is a broad social-science correlation between religious faith and various social goods — health and happiness, upward mobility, social trust, charitable […]

Establishment Clause

The Establishment Clause: An Interview with Judge Guido Calabresi by Marie Griffith. See here.


Why Modernity Happened In The West by Rodney Stark. It’s remarkably unfashionable to study—or even talk about—the West these days. Forty years ago the most important and popular freshman course at the best American colleges and universities was “Western Civilization.” […]


Public Discourse reviews An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America by Joseph Bottum.


Why ‘Moderate Islam’ is an Oxymoron by Raymond Ibrahim. It’s time to acknowledge that dichotomized notions like “moderate” and “extreme” are culturally induced and loaded standards of the modern, secular West—hardly applicable to the teachings of Islam—and not universal absolutes […]


The Creationism in Schools Distraction by David Harsanyi. Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education, recently told Politico that he doesn’t believe “the function of public education is to prepare students for the turn of the […]


Michael M. Rosen reviews Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene.


The Poverty of Renewables by Bjørn Lomborg. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. […]


What Can a Modern Philosopher Teach Us About Natural Law? by S. Adam Seagrave. As a philosopher, Locke was both historically great and uniquely ambivalent. This combination provides extraordinarily fertile ground for uniting modern and pre-modern insights that seem opposed. […]


Conservative Postmodernism, Postmodern Conservatism by Peter Augustine Lawler. Astute thinkers from Hegel onward have claimed that we live at the end of the modern world. That does not mean the modern world is about to disappear: the world, in truth, […]


The New American System by Jim Manzi. Thirty years ago, during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple presented what has become widely cited as the greatest television commercial in history. The ad was titled “1984” and began with gray imagery of […]


The Secular Outpost provides links for the exchange between Christian philosopher Edward Feser and atheist philosopher Keith Parsons here.


Intelligent Design: Philosophy or Science? by Howard Kainz. Trouble brews for the occasional scientist who decides to publicly question the orthodoxy of neo-Darwinism in peer-reviewed journals. Occasionally there are slip-ups which help to corroborate the general rule. For example, in […]


Atlantic reviews Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.


Shifts Along the American Religious-Secular Spectrum by Ariela Keysar. This paper examines three dimensions of American religion–belonging, behavior and belief–by creating a single, unified scale of religiosity and testing it with the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) and the General […]


The Proper Size of Government by Sean Speer and Charles Lammam. Based on a large body of empirical research examining the relationship between the size of government and economic outcomes, the United States should scale back. More.


Marriage, Parenthood, and Public Policy by Ron Haskins. America has been undergoing profound changes in family composition over the last four decades. In 1970, according to that year’s decennial census, 83% of women ages 30 to 34 were married. By […]


Divorce: It’s Way Bigger Than We Thought by Kay Hymowitz. Most of us in the family studies business have had people look at us strangely when we tell them that divorce has declined over the past three decades. Forget about […]


Hey Politico, Apparently Public Schools Don’t Teach Low-Income Minority Kids Science at All by Lisa Snell. In a sensational story in Politico, Stephanie Simon argues that “taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for […]