James Diddams

James Diddams is the Managing Editor of Providence Magazine. Previously, he was an Associate with the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at UW-Madison, Academic Programs Officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Politics & Theology Research Associate at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. His writing has appeared in First ThingsProvidence Magazine, and The American Conservative. He graduated with honors from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL with majors in Art History, Economics, and Philosophy and minors in Political Science and Math. He was also a fellow with the John Jay Institute. He’s on Twitter @ChristLover1997.

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Economists: the High Priests of Liberalism

We have to be far, far more critical of which measurements we can take as proxies for a healthy nation. Economists can’t make these distinctions and libertarians don’t want to.

On the “Medieval Question” 

American conservatives have a paradoxical relationship with the Middle Ages – a relationship which today has reemerged as a fascinating cleavage on the American right.

Cities of Men and Architecture of God: A Review of Philip Bess’ Till We Have Built Jerusalem
Cities of Men and Architecture of God: A Review of Philip Bess’ Till We Have Built Jerusalem

Till We Have Built Jerusalem is a challenging book for daring to discuss the connection between ethics and aesthetic theories of architecture and urban design, what Bess calls our “built environment.”

Red and Blue Christian Disunity: A Review of Yancey and Quosigk’s One Faith No Longer
Red and Blue Christian Disunity: A Review of Yancey and Quosigk’s One Faith No Longer

George Yancey and Ashlee Quosigk argue in “One Faith No Longer: The Transformation of Christianity in Red and Blue America” that the gulf between progressive and conservative Christianity is so great they are no longer the same faith.

Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit
Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit

In The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? Michael Sandel eloquently argues a sobering idea: America can pursue meritocracy or the common good, but not both.