First Links — 4.18.13

Xerxes and the Jewish Diaspora Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers’ Institute Tongue Tied Br. Tomás Martín Rosado O.P., Dominicana Atheist Church: An Exercise in Mimicry Anthony Sacramone, Strange Herring Past Perfect Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Democracy Evelyn Waugh, . . . . Continue Reading »

Conscience vs. Religion

So Richard Reinsch has a good article on the limits of James Madison’s religious thought—as expressed in the overrated MEMORIAL AND REMONSTRANCE. There the duty each of us has to our Creator is private or merely “conscientious.” It’s a limit to government, to be sure. . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelical Elites’ Immigration Agenda

Today is an “ Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform ” in Washington, D.C., with many evangelical luminaries, and even more evangelical activists, hosting advocacy worship services and lobbying Congress for immigration legislation that would legalize the approximately . . . . Continue Reading »

The Complicated Margaret Thatcher

“If only the Church of England had paid Mrs Thatcher the courtesy of taking her Christianity seriously when she was in power,” writes the Telegraph ’s Damian Thompson about her years as prime minister . She was, he argues, a serious and thoughtful Christian, but the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Universe Doesn’t Judge You

At the Center for Law and Religion Forum yesterday, my colleague Marc DeGirolami wrote about the establishment-clause implications of a yoga garden  at the White House’s Easter Egg Hunt. His post reminded me of something I saw twenty years ago as a lawyer for the federal government. . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

George Weigel suggests reforming the College of Cardinals : As configured on February 28 (when Benedict XVI’s abdication took effect), the College was a somewhat strange electorate, albeit one that produced a striking result. Almost 20 percent of its members were retired. Only eight . . . . Continue Reading »