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 »

On Some Other Squares Today

Hello, good ROFTers! We have no new On the Square posts for you today, but there’s a lot of new content over at our other blogs from this weekend and today, so here’s a roundup of things you may have missed. Over at Postmodern Conservative , Peter Lawler is a skunk , while James Cesar . . . . Continue Reading »

Bad People and Private Schools

Allison Benedikt could perhaps stand to take a few lessons from Mark Twain or Will Rogers, because her obviously satirical article in Slate has elicited a number of angry responses from readers who have taken her seriously. Here’s the article at issue: ” If You Send Your Kid to Private . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.3.13

Vonnegut and Labor Day Matthew Gannon & Wilson Taylor, Jacobin Clive James’ Dull Dante Ian Thomson, Financial Times The Dark Dove with the Flickering Tongue Matthew J. Milliner & Brett Foster, Books & Culture The Case for Christian Realism Stanley Hauerwas, ABC Religion & . . . . Continue Reading »