Racism and Identity Politics in America Today

[This article, though written at the end of last year, failed properly to deploy to my mailing list. I am republishing it today, though the time references (i.e., “this year,” “last year,”…

Right-Wing Violence and the Trump Personality Cult

Since writing this article, I have been the victim of abuse from far-right activists. I would appreciate your prayers, as this has left me sick. For an update on the reaction to…

Neoplatonism, Beauty, and the Ascent to God

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Neoplatonism and Christian Sacramental Theology

During the interwar years, Whittaker Chambers (1901–1961) might have seemed like a normal American communist. Yet he was doing more than merely writing for America’s communist magazines: he was actually a Soviet…

Plato and the Physical Body

Those who have been following my work on Gnosticism, have probably grown used to me referring to Plato in a disparaging way. He is routinely touted as the great proto-Gnostic, the guru…

Update on Writing

I want to apologize to reader’s of my blog for the long hiatus in new articles. Getting my book on gratitude ready for publication was quite demanding, so after it was released…

G.K. Chesterton and the Sacramental Imagination

The following is an excerpt from my book Gratitude in Life’s Trenches: How to Experience the Good Life Even When Everything Is Going Wrong The August late-afternoon sun shone mercilessly in my face…

Moral Order, and Wisdom (Nominalism 6)

This article was originally published in my column at the Colson Center. It is republished here with permission. For a complete directory of all my Colson Center articles, click here. Could God…

Interview with Ancient Faith about Gratitude in Life’s Trenches

From the Ancient Faith website: Your book Gratitude in Life’s Trenches has been creating quite a stir since it came out earlier this month. Within days of the book’s release it became…

How to Think Like a Christian During a Time of Secularism

  During the years 1726 and 1729, the French writer Voltaire was exiled in England. In England, Voltaire was impressed by what he saw, which was very different from his native France.…

Gratitude in Life’s Trenches

I am grateful to be able to announce that my forthcoming book, Gratitude in Life’s Trenches, will be available in bookstores on August 18th. In the meantime, you can read the introduction…

Gratitude as a Way of Seeing

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