Category Archives: Culture


by on July 29th, 2014

Contra Brigitte Gabriel, history tells us that peaceful Muslims do matter.

by and on July 17th, 2014

It's time to change the way we talk about sexual assault on campus. The second of a two-part series.

by and on July 16th, 2014

The sexual assault epidemic on college campuses is created, in part, by the effects of the hook-up culture. The first in a two-part series.

by on June 26th, 2014

Trials are not the place for working out our social grievances and anxieties.

by on June 24th, 2014

Dostoyevsky prophetically depicts the notion of family as determined not by nature but by consent—an idea that has come to dominate our modern society.

by on June 18th, 2014

An illiberal mindset is spreading across America, corrupting our culture and our politics. The first of a two-part series.

by on June 11th, 2014

A new book tells the harrowing story of Memorial Medical Center, where some physicians took the lives of their patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

by on June 9th, 2014

Proponents of same-sex marriage haven’t won in the arena of ideas—they have won through manipulation and intimidation. Those who oppose them must speak up.

A government that cannot face its own history is a government without a future. Memory and truth will give the Chinese people the courage to speak out for democracy, and Americans must join in the fight. Adapted from remarks delivered at the American Enterprise Institute.

by on May 30th, 2014

If healthy marriage is the basis of a strong society, it is worth every effort to strengthen it. Marriage education should supplement other efforts to address social problems.

by on May 27th, 2014

The new world of civil rights turns the old one on its head.

by on May 8th, 2014

Balancing career and family should not be framed as a women’s issue. All people—male or female, married or single—must draw boundaries between their work and their personal life, for their own good and the good of society.

by on May 6th, 2014

To restore loving family life to the heart of our culture, we must begin with ourselves—one family, one person at a time.

by on May 5th, 2014

When we make moral judgments, we implicitly and unavoidably acknowledge that there are objective standards of right and wrong to which we ought to conform our feelings and actions.

by on May 1st, 2014

Abortion is not, in the end, about “sin” or “redemption.” It is about human life and its extermination.

by on April 30th, 2014

People with same-sex attraction do not need to be “fixed”—they need genuine, authentic friendship.

by on April 22nd, 2014

Conservatives need to face the fact that a significant contingent of women will remain single. We need to start addressing what it means to live as a single, religious, educated woman in our society.

by on April 17th, 2014

Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s vision of creativity reflects the theological concept that man is made in the image of God.

by on April 11th, 2014

It’s common to worry that the internet is isolating us. But could it also be helping to create new forms of community?

by on April 10th, 2014

If we have to make proof of Christian faith dependent on a willful attitude about politics in order to wage the culture wars, are they really worth fighting?

by on April 9th, 2014

Good art helps us see reality how it is. Thus, the artist must attend to what is, looking at the world as carefully and deeply as possible—even the parts that make him uncomfortable.

by on April 8th, 2014

Our culture has become soft. We suppose that sex is too trivial to require virtue, yet we also believe it is so significant that to suggest any restraint upon its consensual exercise is an affront to the most important fount of human dignity.

by on April 1st, 2014

For many men and women, the multi-faceted realities of pregnancy pose complex questions about moral responsibility that defy rigid characterizations.

by on March 31st, 2014

Why bother with American culture? Bottum recommends despair.

by on March 24th, 2014

Modern rhetoric of income inequality is driven by covetous envy that betrays America’s tradition of applauding those who succeed. Caritas, humility, gratitude, and goodwill toward others are a healthy society’s answer to the ancient curses of envy and pride.

by on March 17th, 2014

For many women, the social, practical, and personal reasons for having an abortion simply trump the life of their child.

by on February 21st, 2014

The enduring values in which conservatives believe—beauty among them—are more multifaceted and surprising than we sometimes give them credit for. Beauty does not always follow rules, and it is often found in unexpected places and patterns.

by on February 14th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is usually associated with romance, but love matters in politics, too. In working to change our culture, we must remember that our opponents, like our allies, are human beings whose individual conversions can only be wrought through a combination of love, truth, and free will.

by on February 7th, 2014

If we looked at actual young men and women, and not abstractions, we might begin to think of other things besides the ratio of members of each sex participating in this or that activity. We might think about love.

by on February 5th, 2014

The next generation of true culture-makers will be shaped purely by bad philosophy if its arguments go unanswered. As individuals and communities, we will be swayed by moral thought no matter what: the only question is whether it will be well thought out. The second in a three-part series.

by on January 30th, 2014

The differences between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine shed light on contemporary politics, argues Yuval Levin in his new book. But they also shed light on something deeper: two fundamentally contrasting orientations toward the world.

by on January 29th, 2014

In the past, progressives fought to defend the family because they understood that families protect us from the atomization and amalgamation that isolate and control us.

by on December 17th, 2013

Although they are often attacked as being ahistorical or obsolete, New Critical methods of interpreting literature can help students become better readers who see the value in literature, ambiguity, and the search for meaning.

by on December 6th, 2013

The Common Core exists only because we have forgotten that parents have a right to educate their children. The state has no educational authority of its own apart from what parents delegate to it.

by on December 5th, 2013

The home and the office pull in opposite directions, but modern mothers can assemble a team on both ends of the rope to help them manage that tension—and they can learn to thrive in the process.

by on December 3rd, 2013

“Eggsploitation” reveals the predatory practices of the fertility industry, which lures young women in need of money to undergo medical procedures that carry the risk of severe long-term health problems.

by on November 25th, 2013

With optimism, precision, and intellectual elegance, Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind” defined what it meant to be an American conservative for the second half of the twentieth century.

by on November 13th, 2013

Women should not view professional success and loving motherhood as at odds with each other. Instead, women ought to cultivate an authentic and creative form of excellence that engages the whole person, with all her talents, in relation with others.

by on October 11th, 2013

NoFap, an anonymous online community devoted to helping its “Fapstronaut” members overcome their addictions to masturbation and pornography, lends credence to traditional moral teachings and offers important insights for defenders of sexual morality.

by on October 7th, 2013

Law cannot replace a nation’s customs, manners, and traditions. Rather, it should strengthen them by corroborating and invigorating the ways of a people.

by on September 30th, 2013

In contemporary America, condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.

by on September 18th, 2013

Young Americans have come to believe that they can only achieve “good” marriages through professional success and economic prosperity.

by on August 21st, 2013

A note from the editor.

by on August 19th, 2013

To defend marriage, we must reframe the narratives that shape our culture and our minds.

by on August 15th, 2013

Jean Bethke Elshtain, our editorial board member and Witherspoon Institute Senior Fellow, fearlessly pursued truth irrespective of the prevailing orthodoxies in the academy and the broader intellectual world.

by on August 14th, 2013

In her new book, Mary Eberstadt argues that the West started losing God when it started losing the natural family. If she is right, then churches need to encourage and promote family formation, and religious believers need to form families.

by on August 13th, 2013

To resist the manipulative forces of political correctness, we must speak out and overcome the social isolation that breeds silence.

by on August 12th, 2013

To campaign against the bullying of LGBT people as if disagreement with the gay lifestyle were an evil is itself a form of bullying.

by on July 16th, 2013

Today’s sex ed curricula are based on the widely-accepted teachings of depraved human beings.

by on June 17th, 2013

To demand that we recognize same-sex romantic relationships as marriages, and teach our children so, is to prevent them from discovering reality.

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by Ryan T. Anderson on October 13th, 2008
An introductory letter from the founder and editor of Public Discourse.
by Mark Regnerus on December 20th, 2012
Young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and fairness. It may be, in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.
by Ryan T. Anderson on December 18th, 2012
How successful can a “new conversation on marriage” be when its leaders can’t even say what marriage is?
by Sherif Girgis on February 15th, 2013
Marriage as a human good, not marriage law, has an objective core whose norms the state has an interest in tracking and supporting—in a way that respects everyone’s freedom.
by Robert Oscar Lopez on February 11th, 2013
Whatever same-sex marriage is, that’s not what gays are after. They are after a symbolic vehicle that can make them equal to people who can do something they cannot—procreate.
by Patrick Fagan on February 6th, 2013
Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results—including economic and political ones—when they cooperate.

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