Luther, Dirty Harry, and Wyatt Earp

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My students and I just reached the part of the semester in political  theory where we cover Martin Luther’s On Secular Authority.  In that book, he brilliantly addresses the Sermon on the Mount, insisting that Christians must observe it.  But how, you might say?  If we . . . . Continue Reading »

Marx and Genetic Inheritance

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You know, I’m looking at the two most recent transfers of power in Communist countries — from Fidel to his brother Raul Castro and from Kim Jong Il to his young son — and I’m wondering how I missed the part in the Communist Manifesto where the leaders of the revolution . . . . Continue Reading »

My Amazing Grace

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Ruth signed me up to be the surprise family reader at Grace’s kindergarten class on Friday. I showed up the end of lunch and Grace was thrilled to see me. As was the rest of her class. When a parent shows up, they all act star struck, as if Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt had suddenly arrived.We . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama and Aristotle

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Cross-posted from First ThoughtsMy students and I have been discussing Aristotle’s political thought recently. Yesterday, our discussion centered around Aristotle’s insistence that the political association must be about more than the protection of rights (in essence a mutual defense . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama and Aristotle

From First Thoughts

My students and I have been discussing Aristotle’s political thought recently. Yesterday, our discussion centered around Aristotle’s insistence that the political association must be about more than the protection of rights (in essence a mutual defense alliance). Aristotle instead . . . . Continue Reading »

Jeremy Lott’s Life of Buckley

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The Thomas Nelson company sent me AmSpec alumnus Jeremy Lott’sWilliam F. Buckley.  I will write a full review later, but I have just begun the book and can already tell that Lott is going to bring attention to some underappreciated territory.His hook is that Bill Buckley was more or less . . . . Continue Reading »

Russell Kirk’s All-Time Bestseller

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Cross-posted from First Thoughts . . .Many of us who are Christians and/or conservatives have enjoyed Russell Kirk’s books over the years.  Although The Conservative Mind gets most of the attention, I suspect some may have found The Roots of American Order to be a better read. . . . . Continue Reading »

Russell Kirk’s All-Time Bestseller

From First Thoughts

Many of us who are Christians and/or conservatives have enjoyed Russell Kirk’s books over the years.  Although The Conservative Mind gets most of the attention, I suspect some may have found The Roots of American Order to be a better read.  The difference is that The Conservative . . . . Continue Reading »