Joseph Sobran, 1946–2010

Joe Sobran has slipped away, dying at age sixty-four . What can one say? He was a polymath, a genius, and a sometimes brilliant writer of enormous speed and fluidity. And he drove himself nearly mad, embracing conspiracy theories and the crankiest of ways to reject consensus—from the . . . . Continue Reading »

Pondering Seminary

[caption id=”attachment_8985” align=”aligncenter” width=”150” caption=”Dr. Mark Olson”][/caption]Dr. Mark Olson recently sat down with me to discuss seminary and its challenges and opportunities.  Dr. Olson is the President of the John Leland . . . . Continue Reading »

Canonize Chesterton?

William Oddie makes an intriguing suggestion : . . . [I]t might now be time seriously to start thinking about an unavoidable question: after John Henry Newman, who next? My answer is that it can only be Gilbert Keith Chesterton. The obvious objection to this is that Chesterton was nothing like our . . . . Continue Reading »

How Do Ideas Have Consequences?

As President of the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs, I’ve been working on a statement of our purposes, and thus on an explanation of the critical importance for society of careful philosophical engagement with the deepest underlying issues.  I . . . . Continue Reading »