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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

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The Neoconservative Philosophy

posted by Jack Kerwick

Although it had been in circulation for decades, it was only during the tenure of our last president that the term “neoconservatism” really gained traction.  It is a funny thing, this word, for while it was a Jewish intellectual, Irving […]

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Caution: Misology-Free Zone

posted by Jack Kerwick

If, as the eighteenth century philosopher Immanuel Kant had noted, the hatred of reason is “misology,” then he who is guilty of misology is a misologist.   While this language is no longer in vogue (if it ever was), there can […]

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“Anti-Semitism” and Anti-Christian Bigotry

posted by Jack Kerwick

I recently received a very disturbing response to an article of mine.  In “The Catholic Church and the Left,” I had argued that in spite of its infiltration of the Church in which I have spent my life, the radically […]

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A Tale of Three Kongs: Race and Gender in King Kong and its Remakes

posted by Jack Kerwick

In an article for intellectualconservative.com, Lisa Fabrizio remarks on the dramatic changes in cinematic depictions of masculinity that have occurred over the decades.  While the extent to which such depictions have become “feminized” has been greatly exaggerated by right-leaning commentators—not […]

Is “Conservatism” a Meaningful Term?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Paul Gottfried is said to have coined the term “paleoconservatism.”  A self-sworn enemy of all things neoconservative, this long-time student of the political right in both its European and American varieties has unequivocally asserted that in spite of the frequency […]

What Exactly have Republicans Learned?

posted by Jack Kerwick

The next presidential race will occur in a political context very different from that in which the last transpired.  Although it has only been slightly over two years since Barack Obama was elected president, matters have changed quite dramatically since […]

A (Brief) Case for the Legalization of Vice

posted by Jack Kerwick

In spite of what the title of this article suggests, the characteristically Libertarian position—what is typically regarded as “the Harm Principle”—that all adult human beings have the right to do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t involve them […]

Exploring the Republican Paradox

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Republican conceives of his party as the party of conservatism, the Constitution, and “limited government.”  For this reason, he loathes the so-called “RINO” (Republican In Name Only), the faux conservative who comes like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  At […]

The Tea Party versus the Republican

posted by Jack Kerwick

Thus far, the field of GOP presidential contenders, actual and potential, isn’t looking too terribly promising.  This, though, isn’t meant to suggest that any of the candidates, all things being equal, lack what it takes to insure that Barack Obama never […]

Republican Fictions

posted by Jack Kerwick

Every presidential election season, those of us who find ourselves less than enthused regarding the GOP’s potential nominees—conservatives—are invariably castigated by politicians and pundits alike as “purists.”  We are unrealistic, we are told by the self-styled champions of “conservative values”—the […]

The Anachronism called the United States Constitution

posted by Jack Kerwick

From the time Barack Obama received the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, his detractors to his right have repeatedly lambasted him for his disdain for the Constitution.  From FOX News personalities to talk radio hosts, many are the self-professed champions of […]

Playing Politics with Islamic Terrorism

posted by Jack Kerwick

If ever we needed proof that politics is a land of make believe, the recent killing of Osama bin Laden is it. The world is certainly a better place without this terrorist in it.  But to judge from the orgasmic […]

The Killing of bin Laden and the Hypocrisy of Democrats

posted by Jack Kerwick

Some readers of this column will no doubt remember the popular 80’s television series Dallas.  Although the show ran for 14 seasons, due to what may have amounted to one of the biggest blunders in television history—the exiting of a […]

What Does Obama Really want for America?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among pundits on the right, there has been disagreement for quite some time over the fundamental motives informing President Obama’s agenda.  Essentially two schools of thought on the matter have emerged. One school insists that while the president’s policy prescriptions […]

Western Delusions and the death of bin Laden

posted by Jack Kerwick

A few weeks ago, President Obama informed us that Osama bin Laden, the internationally recognized founder of Al Qaeda who will be forever associated in our collective consciousness with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, had been killed in a clash […]

The Lost Art of Conversation

posted by Jack Kerwick

Interestingly, in spite of the fact that our generation is probably as loquacious a generation as there has ever been, there is relatively little conversation to be found in it.  We are a chatty people, to be sure, but we […]

What Have the Republicans Learned?

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Republican Party against which the American voter cast his vote in ’06 and ’08 is the party of George W. Bush, the party of “Compassionate Conservatism.”  It is incumbent upon Republicans generally, and the next Republican presidential candidate specifically, […]

Freedom and Political “Leaders”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Over the last couple of weeks, many on the right have complained about President Obama’s lack of “leadership” vis-à-vis the current world scene.  Just the other night, while I was on the phone with him, a good friend of mine […]

The Logic and Morality of Feminism

posted by Jack Kerwick

Now that he has successfully defended his thesis, a good friend of mine is scurrying to make final revisions so that his advisor can sign off on it.  Although considerations of race and gender seem to be conspicuously irrelevant to […]

Facebook and Narcissism

posted by Jack Kerwick

For quite a while, I contemplated opening an account with facebook.  A few months ago, I set aside what reservations I entertained and decided to go for it. Admittedly, neither the desire to “reconnect” with old acquaintances nor any other […]

The Obsession with Physical Well Being

posted by Jack Kerwick

For quite some time now, such representatives of the conservative movement as, say, Rush Limbaugh, have charged the environmentalist left with insincerity.  Far from having a genuine concern for the environment, as he claims, the environmentalist is motivated, rather, by […]

The Church and the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, the pastor of my church—a priest who I love and who my wife and I requested to marry us—gave a homily on the relationship between “justice” and “charity.”  Sadly, this sermon supplied none of the inspiration of which his […]

Change, Identity, and “the Fundamental Transformation” of America

posted by Jack Kerwick

While on his campaign trail for the presidency, Barack Obama talked to no end about the “change” that would visit upon America, a change so profound, so sweeping, that it would “fundamentally transform” America.  To understand the implications of this, […]

The Case Against Abortion

posted by Jack Kerwick

The standard argument against abortion relies upon the language of “rights”: All human beings have a “right to life,” the unborn is a human being, thus, the unborn have a “right to life.”  For at least two reasons, this argument […]

Classical Conservatism and Revolution

posted by Jack Kerwick

The “revolution” that began in Egypt and that is now spreading across the Middle East has many a Westerner, and even more Americans, smiling.  Those who supported President Bush’s “Freedom Agenda” are now crediting the former visionary for setting in […]

The Constitution v The Declaration of Independence

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I experienced no small measure of disappointment when an article that I submitted to a little known “conservative” website was rejected.  It wasn’t the rejection, however, from which my dissatisfaction stemmed but, rather, the reason for it.  You see, […]

America the Idea

posted by Jack Kerwick

Not too long ago, I was interviewed on a radio show.  Shortly before my interview ended, and before I could really say much more, one of the two hosts affirmed the conventional, bi-partisan orthodoxy that America was founded on an […]

Academic Bigotry II

posted by Jack Kerwick

It is nothing short of a foregone conclusion that the life of a graduate student will be anything but enviable.  But when the graduate student is a staunch critic of the leftist, “politically correct” dogma that pervades the Liberal Arts […]

Academic Bigotry

posted by Jack Kerwick

Closing in on his second master’s degree in biblical studies, a good friend of mine is about to defend his 60-page thesis on the creation accounts in the book of Genesis.  In the eleventh hour, though, he has run into […]

The Election of 2012

posted by Jack Kerwick

As of late, many on the right have been filled with dread that the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden will increase Barack Obama’s chances of being re-elected.  On the one hand, this concern is legitimate enough, for bin Laden’s […]

Thinking About Virtue

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ours is a generation obsessed with “principles.”  That the morality of the age is centered in principles accounts for why we tend to characterize the morally admirable person as a man or woman of principle.  Principles are critical to any […]

The Reasonableness of Christianity

posted by Jack Kerwick

Contrary to atheistic boilerplate, Christianity is anything but a crutch for the weak minded and timid hearted.  Christians have gone to great lengths over the centuries to show that, while reason is no substitute for faith, and while it can […]

Parenting, Civilization, and God

posted by Jack Kerwick

From Michel Montaigne and Blaise Pascal to David Hume and Edmund Burke, some of Western civilization’s most insightful philosophers have long noted the ease with which people mistake the longevity and stubbornness of habit with nature itself.  While the expression […]

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posted 11:06:40pm Jun. 19, 2015 | read full post »

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posted 10:29:58pm Jun. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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posted 10:25:20pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

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