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Confessions of a Stockton Slumlord by Steven Greenhut. The northern California city of nearly 300,000 has become a key test case on whether cities can reduce their unaffordable public pensions when they head into bankruptcy court. More at Reason.


CJ reviews The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein.


The Ultimate Net-Neutrality Reading List by Adrienne LaFrance. The future of the Internet is far from decided. More.


CT reviews True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World by David Skeel.


Worried Well by Charlie Kurth. Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person. More.


Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions by Julie Beck. While it’s possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole. More.


Cybergeddon: Why the Internet Could Be the Next “Failed State” by Sean Gallagher. If you think the Internet can go on being just like it is, here’s some bad news. More.


Scott Walker Flap Shows How Political Media Actively Loathe Christianity by Sean Davis. If the constant media haranguing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over his religion tells us anything, it’s that the political media absolutely loathe what they perceive as […]


Religion’s Role in the History of Ideas by Michael Roth. Wesleyan President Michael Roth on the importance of understanding religious experience—and the difficulty teaching it. More.


The Red Meat, Eggs, Fat and Salt Diet by Ronald Bailey. Progressives tend to believe that government knows best. The unfolding fiasco over government nutrition misinformation should give them pause. For years now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]


911’s Deadly Flaw: Lack of Location Data by John Kelly and Brendan Keefe. A technology shortfall can lead to tragic results, a national investigation shows. More.

Three Views

How Obama Thinks About Islam and Terrorism by William Saletan. He sees the connection. That’s why he chooses his words so carefully. More here. Islamism and Obama’s Dangerous Flight from Reality by Peter Wehner. This past week has been dominated […]


The Conflict Between ‘Charismatic’ and ‘Academic’ Theology Not New in Orthodox Christianity by John G. Panagiotou. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes to his spiritual son Timothy about the “deposit of faith” (in Greek, paradosis) which has been […]

Case II

Matthew Engelke reviews Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism by Philip Kitcher. Related: Previously an interview with Kitcher about his book was linked here.


In Defense of Islam by Ross Douthat. Consider this post a kind of complement, maybe, to my anti-anti-Crusades commentary of late. The big foreign policy piece that everyone is talking about this week, and deservedly, is Graeme Wood’s deep Atlantic […]


National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain by David B. Reuben, Anika A.H. Alvanzo, Takamaru Ashikaga, G. Anne Bogat, Christopher M. Callahan, Victoria Ruffing, and David C. Steffens. Chronic […]


Obama Is Wrong. Democracy Is The Last Thing The Middle East Needs Right Now by David Harsanyi. President Barack Obama gave a speech at White House’s “Countering Violent Extremism” summit yesterday crammed with predictable feel-good ideas for combating the imaginary […]


Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal by George Friedman. There is no question but that the populations of most European countries will decline in the next generation, and in the cases of Germany and Russia, the decline will be […]


On the “Reform” of Islam by James V. Schall. If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam? More.


Modernity and Our American Heresies by Peter Augustine Lawler. America, some of its critics say, has less grounding in tradition than any other nation in history. The German philosopher Martin Heidegger said that the United States and the Soviet Union […]