Who Do You Think You Are? Identity in the Twenty-First Century
We are more than our driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers, and credit cards.
Polyamory: Complicated New Identity or Primarily About Sex?
A study of consensual, overlapping sex partners unwittingly reveals the strengths of monogamy.
Childhood Sexual Abuse, Gender Dysphoria, and Transition Regret: Billy’s Story
Billy is not the first who turned to a transgender identity to escape pain and trauma. It’s time for psychotherapists to seriously address the unique causes of each individual’s gender dysphoria before encouraging them to pursue hormones and surgery.
The Deficits of the iPhone Generation
Members of iGen suffer from serious intellectual and moral deficits: they are ill-informed, uninterested in pursuing relevant information, passionate without being active, afraid of debate with those who disagree, and uninterested in learning or exploration.
Does Faith Reduce Divorce Risk?
Religious belief and activity—particularly prayer—matter in important ways. They make a deeply practical difference in how husband and wife interact with each other in daily life.
Madeline L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Christianity: Moving Beyond Collectivism and Individualism
The Christian quest for the common good is not reducible either to the simple aggregate of individual goods or to the promotion of the needs of the collective at the expense of the one.
The New McCarthyism: Religion, Marriage, and Judicial Nominations
Should we determine whether a person is fit to be a judge based on his or her religious beliefs or opinions on contemporary policy debates? Or should the Senate approve judges based on their reputation for fairness, their ability to follow and apply law, and their record of judicial wisdom?
Trump’s Tariffs and Why America Needs a Patriotic Case for Free Trade
While the economic arguments for free trade remain compelling, the political rationale requires a long-overdue overhaul.
Forcing Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Centers to Advertise for Abortion is Unjust and Unconstitutional
Pregnancy care centers are being targeted by the state of California for respecting the intrinsic worth and dignity of women and children, even when it is unprofitable to do so.
A Tragic Abandonment of Identity: The Secularization of America’s Religious Colleges and Universities
Today’s religious colleges and universities face a choice between two opposing worldviews: the traditional, spiritually embedded worldview upon which they were founded, or the secular, hedonistic, materialistic worldview that dominates them today.
A Stone Wall in a Concrete World: D.C. Schindler’s Freedom from Reality and Our Modern Crisis of Meaning
Freedom from Reality belongs in the upper echelon of contemporary philosophical works. Schindler’s reflection on the contemporary crisis of meaning transcends dry rhetoric to embody the truths it describes.
Neither Straussian nor MacIntyrean: The Politics of Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option”
Ironically, for all his fierce criticisms of it, Dreher operates very much within the school of American conservatism. He follows in the footsteps of the same pessimists who emerged in conservative political thought a few decades ago.
Neuhaus and Liberalism
A liberal polity is a conversational polity: it comprises human beings bound together in argument, aspiring to order their common life through the exercise of persuasion, not the application of power. A liberal society is therefore a special kind of intentional community.
How Europe’s Way of Denial Became a Way of Death
Europe’s immigration woes underscore how much of the continent is living in untruth—in lies that gradually kill.
The Romance of Ordinary Marriage
It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and romantic than anything the bohemian libertine will attempt.
In Defense of Thomistic Evolution: A Response to Chaberek
Why did God choose to work via an evolutionary process rather than will a special creation? Because it better reveals His glory and His power. Because it reveals better that He is God.
Assault Weapons, Defense, and the Resistance to Tyranny
On some rights—such as the right to life—there is no room for compromise. But assault weapons seem an appropriate point of compromise for proponents of a right to bear arms.
Sex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided
Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. Here is the evidence.
Of Pigs and Pupils: Fast Food, Modern Education, and the Growth of Classical (Christian) Schools
The classical school approach offers a fundamentally different vision of education that families fed up with a factory approach to learning find compelling.
Power, Preference, and Morality: On Alasdair MacIntyre’s Latest
Despite the frustrating sense that much of its argument is asserted rather than demonstrated, there can be no doubt that those involved in the cultural disputes of our day ought to know Alasdair MacIntyre’s new book.