Does Syria Matter?

I’ve been weighing in against what seems to be a wide consensus that America must bomb Syria in order to “punish” or “send a message” or in some way tell the world that using chemical weapons “won’t be tolerated.” It’s a morally suspect way of . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.4.13

Christ in the Capital of the World Mark R. Gornik and Maria Liu Wong, Christianity Today Interview with an Enamelist Iconographer Jonathan Pageau and Evgeny Baranov, Orthodox Arts Journal A Francis Confession Boom? John Bingham, Telegraph Paperwork and Power Peter Lopatin, Weekly Standard Lost . . . . Continue Reading »

Interview with Samuel Tadros

At the Center for Law and Religion Forum today, I interview the Hudson Institute’s Samuel Tadros about his new book,  Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity . In the interview, Tadros talks about the history of the Coptic Church, its important contributions to . . . . Continue Reading »

Stray Thoughts On Syria

So I spent about an hour listening to John Kerry talking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about President Obama’s proposed strike. Here are some thoughts: 1. Kerry argued that the refugee crisis from the Syrian civil war was destabilizing Jordan. That strikes me as more of an . . . . Continue Reading »