Postcards from Palookaville

Postcards from Palookaville

Amid all of the discussion surrounding the so-called Pence Rule and also the forthcoming book from my friend, Aimee Byrd, there is one lacuna that is slightly puzzling. It is certainly the case that what the Rule seeks to achieve for Mike Pence are good and proper things, and the mockery to which...
Amid all of the discussion surrounding the so-called Pence Rule and also the forthcoming book from my friend, Aimee Byrd, there is one lacuna that is slightly puzzling. It is certainly the case that what the Rule seeks to achieve for Mike Pence are good and proper things, and the mockery to which...
The second century is arguably the Cinderella of the early church, generally neglected in favor of other, apparently more exciting and accessible, periods. It is populated by largely shadowy figures about whom we know enough to be tantalized, even impressed, but it lacks the giant intellects and...
Some years ago a student came to ask me if the Puritans had a theology of suffering. Apparently he had been told by someone that they did not. My response pointed to three basic facts. First, the Puritans lived in a time before the discovery of antibiotics, analgesics and flush toilets. Disease and...
Many people outside of Scotland may be unfamiliar with the story of the Rev. Kenny Macdonald who died last weekend. His story is well worth reading and pondering. I met him only once -- when we both happened to be visiting my soon-to-be father-in-law in hospital in Inverness in 1989. A most...
While thinking about the #MeToo movement, and the prominent place being played in it by members of the Hollywood establishment, I have asked myself a couple of times, ‘Is this a root-and-branch reformation of the structure of modern morality or merely something superficial?’ To be more...
I am grateful to Todd for mentioning my upcoming DC lectures and also to RTS DC for their kindness in asking me to present some of the firstfruits of my Princeton work in a public forum. The two lectures are entitled as follows: Lecture 1: Acknowledging the Unacknowledged Legislators: From William...
Over at Marginalia , a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, my old pal Bruce Gordon of Yale Divinity School has put together a panel of scholars to offer reflections on the Reformation. Bruce's Introduction and Joseph Koerner's Art in a State of Siege are already available. My...
Such is the technological and moral temper of our times that a serious report with the bizarre title Our Sexual Future with Robots might scarcely raise an eyebrow in a world where the scientifically possible is fast becoming the only judge of the ethical and where celibate friendship is now the...
Lesbian feminists with a penchant for Nietzsche, Freud, and DeSade are not typically my type. Nevertheless, I fell in love with one in 1993 and have never quite recovered. I was then (as now) a happily married man and nothing untoward actually happened. But when I purchased a copy of Camille Paglia...