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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

January 1970 Archives

Why Romney?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Readers of this column know that during the GOP primaries, I threw my support behind Ron Paul.  Paul was a flawed candidate in several respects, but he not as flawed as his competitors.  Besides, most of Paul’s disadvantages were primarily […]

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Christianity and its “New” Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

The world’s largest religious tradition has had more than its share of critics over the centuries.  A not inconsiderable number of these have been men and women (but mostly men) of genius.  And the brightest and most constructive of critics […]

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Religion and Politics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Mitt Romney is now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.  Mitt is also a Mormon.  There has already been much talk over whether this last fact should be of any relevance to his bid for the presidency.  A shocking number of […]

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Rethinking “Patriotism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. This morning, on Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated radio program, his substitute host exchanged reflections upon the significance of patriotism with a fellow from the Claremont Review of Books.  I didn’t catch the latter’s name. […]

Black and Conservative: George S. Schuyler, Apostle of Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

George S. Schuyler, a black cultural critic, was among the greatest popular writers that twentieth centuryAmerica had produced.  A particularly astute observer of political circumstances generally and race relations in particular, a staggering array of the nation’s most well known […]

George S. Schuyler: Black and Racially Incorrect II

posted by Jack Kerwick

George S. Schuyler was among the most distinguished American writers and pundits of the twentieth century.  He was also a conservative. And he was black. Today, it is on the rare occasion indeed that his name is mentioned.  Most of […]

George S. Schuyler: Black and “Racially Incorrect”

posted by Jack Kerwick

You simply—and sadly—don’t hear much about George Schuyler these days. Schuyler was born in Rhode Islandin 1895.  From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, he was widely regarded as perhaps the most prominent black columnist in the country.  Yet it is […]

The Death Penalty and Liberty II

posted by Jack Kerwick

The death penalty is, as we say, “the ultimate penalty.”   Both its friends and foes alike acknowledge this. Traditionally, the debate over capital punishment has involved the notions of deterrence and retribution.    Those proponents of capital punishment who are […]

The Death Penalty and Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Connecticut just became the 17th state in the union to outlaw capital punishment.  It now joins the company of such illustrious former colonies as my own home state,New Jersey. This is a tragic turn of affairs. Call me quaint, but […]

“Gay Marriage,” Marriage, and Individualism

posted by Jack Kerwick

One can only hope that all of this talk over the controversial issue of “the liberty” of homosexuals to “marry” will get us to thinking a little harder about marriage and liberty. Marriage is a more vulnerable institution today than […]

Thoughts on Gay Marriage II

posted by Jack Kerwick

The partisan weighing in on the issue of so-called “gay marriage” has one simple choice to make. On the one hand, he can choose to either join the consensus of the vast majority of people who have ever lived by […]

Thoughts on “Gay Marriage”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Joe Biden and Barack Obama have finally expressed what many of us, friend and foe alike, have long known is their real position on the contentious issue of “same sex marriage”: President and Vice President alike favor it. All that […]

The Christian and Fame

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among non-Christian and nominal Christians alike, there exists a misconception regarding Christians that is as pervasive as it is erroneous.  In fact, it is downright invidious.  Christians, according to this falsehood, are morally unassailable—if, that is, their faith is genuine.  […]

“Racism,” Liberty, and Evil

posted by Jack Kerwick

Race-relations have intrigued me from at least the time I was a young teenager.  Since I started writing four years ago, I have written my share of essays on this topic—including essays in which I sail unchartered waters by subjecting […]

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The Myth of Equality and the Forgotten Man: Remembering W.G. Sumner
I recently just found a nearly four year-old essay in Slate that caught my interest for three reasons. First, though it was written during the last presidential election, it is as succinct a statement of the left’s perspective on the ...

posted 10:20:28am Feb. 05, 2016 | read full post »

Politics and Vice
Perhaps more so than any other activity, politics has a way of begetting astonishing levels of dishonesty—and not just in politicians. Some recent examples: (1)It has now been disclosed that Ted Cruz, a self-avowed Christian, has ...

posted 10:58:57am Jan. 29, 2016 | read full post »

National Review vs Trump II: What Exactly is "Conservatism?"
That Donald Trump is no conservative is a proposition of which this conservative needs no convincing. On this score, the self-styled “conservative” contributors to the recent National Review symposium against Trump are correct. It is ...

posted 6:54:25pm Jan. 23, 2016 | read full post »

National Review vs. Trump--And Burke and Kirk!
National Review recently sponsored a symposium of 22 “conservative” commentators who are “against Trump.” As for the specifics of their remarks, more will be said at a future time. The virtue of this symposium is that it has the ...

posted 2:54:07pm Jan. 22, 2016 | read full post »

The Trump Phenomenon and the "Conservative" Movement's Identity Crisis
One can only hope that the Trump phenomenon will bring into the sunlight several fictions, most, but not all, of which GOP boosters have been promoting for years. The first is that there are two fundamentally opposed forces within the ...

posted 9:20:02am Jan. 21, 2016 | read full post »

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