Post-Modern Conservatism: A Draft Manifesto (continued)

Bowing to relentless and overwhelming demand from postmodern-leaning lovers of truth and virtue waiting somewhere out there in cyberspace, I offer this extended version of the Draft Manifesto from a few weeks ago.  (I include the previously published first 8 points here, so you won’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Stone Cold Fusionism

Over at the Confabulum, James has raised the following worry about what people are caling the "New Fusionism": "But both Benedictinism and libertarianism are fairly anti-political worldviews. Any fusion between them would deepen and widen the disconnect between Americans, their . . . . Continue Reading »

Truth, Good, God, and Fullness

Cherry-picking my way through Nicola’s re-rejoinder , here’s what pops out: 1. Nicola seems to agree with me that we can’t be certain about our truths because certainty is the wrong standard of assessment for truths. But she says: I don’t know how truth can function as a . . . . Continue Reading »

Jung and the Restless

So this is my ‘much-anticipated’ rejoinder to Freddie . The best way I know how to do this is like sewing a button. I want to sew Freddie to my fabric of understanding (but not so close that he, the button, is too tight to the fabric to be usable as a button!). The back of that fabric, . . . . Continue Reading »

Big Tent

My own attempt to define the conservatism I believe in - the antithesis of much of the current Bush-Cheney-Palin GOP - is in my book, " The Conservative Soul ." If you’re interested in a more abstract and academic account of the philosophical roots of my take on post-modern . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodern Conservatism and Religion, Part II

In reponse to excellent questions and insights regarding my previous post, I’ve decided to offer a sequel. While Jim is certainly right that the whole of the Enlightenment can’t be reduced to its anti-religious premises, and there are surely important thinkers who don’t fit . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodern Conservatism and Religion

Much of the early modern project of mass Enlightenment was based on the dogmatic rejection of religious belief as the benighted detritus of pre-scientific consciousness. Similarly, even those who offered foundational critiques of Enlightenment principles during what Philipe Beneton and Chantal . . . . Continue Reading »

Would a Just God allow for the Existence of Will Wilkinson?

Over at the Confabulum, Conor Friedersdorf reminds us to remind ourselves of how lucky we are. While I’m always up for some meta-gratitude, I was more immediately reminded of Daniel Larison’s brilliant post from a while back about theodicy and "the pornography of compassion": . . . . Continue Reading »

Twitter Killed Woody Allen

The man himself in New York magazine : NY: Do you have a theory about why the culture keeps getting coarser? WA: The country has, over the years, moved to the right. And it’s possible that accompanying that move to the right, you also get a lessening of taste. But I don’t know if what . . . . Continue Reading »