A new biography of Joseph Stalin offers an account of the rise of Soviet Russia which has clear relevance for contemporary foreign policy. Continue Reading »
An assault on free speech at an institute of higher education highlights both the power of rhetoric and the convenient philosophical inconsistency of identity politics.
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A new selection of the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand has both historical and contemporary significance.
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The rhetoric of the LGBTQ movement is not simply sentimental. The language of historical process also plays its part. Continue Reading »
Why do we tend to panic or become despondent every time we hear of another story about sexual identity and gender politics? Continue Reading »
Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports that anti-incest laws in Germany could be struck down on the grounds that they constitute an unacceptable intrusion into the right to sexual self-determination. The narrow context is the case of a brother and sister who have lived together for years and have four children. The wider context is the very meager basis upon which laws relating to sexual ethics are now built. Continue Reading »
I am grateful to Greg for his thoughtful supplement to my post on porn because this is certainly the single biggest pastoral problem in the church. I say ‘supplement’ because I do not see his observations as at all antithetical to my own. Indeed, the Pascalian notion of distraction . . . . Continue Reading »
Pornography degrades women (those cocksure feminists who claim otherwise have fallen for the biggest male confidence trick of all time). It alters the neural pathways of the brain and literally changes the way its consumers think. It hinders men from developing mature emotional relationships with . . . . Continue Reading »
We live in a time of exile. At least those of us do who hold to traditional Christian beliefs. The strident rhetoric of scientism has made belief in the supernatural look ridiculous. The Pill, no-fault divorce, and now gay marriage have made traditional sexual ethics look outmoded at best and . . . . Continue Reading »
This week’s New Yorker carries an instructive essay by Michelle Goldberg, ‘What is Woman?’, which addresses a matter I predicted some months ago here and here. Feminists are apparently engaged in internecine warfare over the status of transgender people. Are women who used to be . . . . Continue Reading »