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Does doctrine matter?

I say it does, in my latest piece at Crisis Magazine, because reality matters. The line of thought would, of course, only apply to true doctrine.

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The practice of politics

[The following review appeared in the December, 2014 issue of Chronicles:]

This is a history of liberalism as it appears to an intelligent, well-informed, and thoroughly convinced English liberal who worked for many years as an editor and correspondent for The Economist. It is useful as a sympathetic exploration of the stages through which the political outlook that rules us today has advanced.

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What the traditional Mass means to me

And here’s my latest at Crisis Magazine. I had no idea that something on the traditional Mass would be such clickbait.

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Normality is not hatred

Sex and the religion of me

The following essay appears in the December, 2014 First Things:

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The recovery of human nature

I have another column at Catholic World Report, this one about the necessity of a settled understanding of human nature, the difficulty of establishing on in global technocratic society, and what to do about that situation.

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Merton's "Unspeakable"

A correspondent sent me the following passages from Raids on the Unspeakable by Thomas Merton:

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What is the Church’s political role?

My latest column at Crisis Magazine says that the Church should be very cautious in supporting secular political projects. It makes bishops feel they’re involved in something important but the ultimate point of the project is likely to be something inhuman because that’s the nature of modern political life.

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The Left and human nature

[I gave the following talk at the 2014 conference of The H. L. Mencken Club.]

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What is culture war?

My column for October finally appeared at Catholic World Report. (They had been busy reporting on the late lamented or rather lamentable Synod.) It’s a sort of general account of culture war throughout the ages that notes its unavoidability.

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Leadership matters

My latest column at Crisis Magazine is about the current crisis of leadership throughout society: why it exists, why it’s a big problem, and what to do about it.

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Liberalism, choice, and compulsion

Social liberals take it for granted that social conservatives are meddling, tyrannical, and incipiently violent. My current column at Catholic World Report deals with the issue. Basic response: if liberal views simply transcribe obvious human reality, then conservative views are indeed an attempt to interfere that can be expected to bollix things up in all sorts of ways. It’s not clear why anyone should accept the assumption though.

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What if the '60s had been intelligent?

Suppose people had done something sensible about the deficiencies of postwar America. What would it have been? And why did they do all the stupid stuff instead? To find out, read my latest Crisis piece.

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Haidt explained

Why is it that lefties only bother with three of Jonathan Haidt’s moral concerns while righties care about all six? My current column in Catholic World Report explains it all for you. (It also tells you who Jonathan Haidt is in case you’re not up on all that.)

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Accentuating the positive

I have a piece up at Crisis Magazine about the work that’s needed to present Catholic doctrine in a way that it can be understood.

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Essay on Christopher Alexander

An essay or book review I wrote on architectural theorist Christopher Alexander’s theory of order has appeared in the International Journal of Architectural Research. Here’s the special issue in which the piece appears.

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Tyranny of Liberalism now an e-book

Just a couple of days ago I was saying it hadn’t happened, but it turns out that ISI has brought out my first book, The Tyranny of Liberalism, in Kindle and Nook editions.

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The Church and the world after Vatican II

My current column at Catholic World Report discusses how extremely demanding Paul VI’s vision of the Council was, how the world has been much too willful and strong and Catholic flesh and blood too weak, and what needs to be done to retrieve the situation somewhat.

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Tradition vindicated

That’s the topic of my latest column at Crisis Magazine.

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Nature in an unnatural age

I have a piece at the Catholic World Report weblog on the absurdity and necessity of natural law arguments in a moralistic technocracy.

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