Reductionists on Parade

From First Thoughts

I thank R.R. Reno for pointing us to Leon Wieseltier’s essay on Alex Rosenberg’s exercise in reductionism, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality .  (And yes, Edward Feser’s review was a real pleasure as well.)  Reviews like this do us a double service: while they . . . . Continue Reading »

Tenure and the Contemporary University

From First Thoughts

Over at Public Discourse today, I review Naomi Schaefer Riley’s book The Faculty Lounges , which R.R. Reno discussed here at FT last week .  A sample of my take: Why are so many academic departments so ideologically homogeneous? Why are assistant professors so hard at work producing so . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Misunderstand Your Own Country

From First Thoughts

The other day Joe Carter linked to a BBC item about a debate that was held in Philadelphia, on the question whether the Declaration of Independence was “illegal.”  Evidently there were legal scholars on both sides, the British arguing that the Declaration (hence the American . . . . Continue Reading »

Keeping Our Consciences Awake

From First Thoughts

On Saturday, this site ran my “On the Square” essay, ” Anaesthetizing America’s Conscience ,” in which I faulted two university presidents, Fr. John Jenkins of Notre Dame and John Garvey of Catholic University, for a missed opportunity to speak the whole truth to power . . . . Continue Reading »

Anesthetizing America’s Conscience

From Web Exclusives

As readers may know, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to require every health insurer in the land to pay for, and thus to be complicit in, the provision of contraceptives, including some that would be more accurately described as abortifacients. The rule offers a potential exception on religious grounds, but this “exemption,” as previously discussed by Christopher T. Haley, Ryan Anderson, and others on this website, is exceedingly narrow and inadequate. … Continue Reading »

Embryo, second edition

From First Thoughts

Three years ago, my friends Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen (both senior fellows at the Witherspoon Institute and familiar to FT readers) published a short and powerful book called  Embryo: A Defense of Human Life —a wonderful combination of scientific and philosophical . . . . Continue Reading »