Author: dover0beach

The Arkes-Miller debate

A very interesting debate has appeared at Public Discourse following the publication of Hadley Arkes’s essay, Recasting Religious Freedom (subscription required) in the June issue of First Things, between Arkes and Robert T. Miller. The central issue involves a dispute over the best…

The Rule – A Documentary

There is a wonderful article in the City Journal, It’s Hard to be Saints in the City, on a new documentary on a preparatory school for minorities run by the Benedictines in Newark. Malanga writes: Decades later, St. Benedict’s is…

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke

Anyone familiar with conservatism as an intellectual disposition should be familiar with the work of Edmund Burke. He has come to us, arguably, as the paradigmatic figure of an intellectual movement that arose in defense, not of the status quo,  but…

Weekend Reading

Some long-overdue linkage: Roger Scruton, Why Iraq is a Write-Off Robert Royal, It’s So Enlightenment Philippa Foot interview Christopher Dawson, Catholicism and the Bourgeois Mind Longenecker on Brideshead Revisited: The Villain of the Piece Bill Vallicella, The Gardener’s Racism? Peter…

Weekday Reading

Linkage to fine reading and listening has been long overdue. Here is a selection collected over the last few weeks: Feser – Where’s God? Rachel Lu – Why I don’t use Contraception Karen Swallow Prior – What we talk about when we…

Secular celebrants in Indiana

Given that a government official was available this is just silly: (RNS) A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law. In a…

Everything has a Cause?

If you have ever engaged New Atheists in argument over the cosmological argument, you will have had the misfortune of encountering the line that the argument is fallacious, because it commits the error of asserting that “everything has a cause” but of…