Political Theory

Where Are the Playful Realists?
Where Are the Playful Realists?

It is childish to demand the real world conform to one’s fancy; it is childlike to learn about the real world by playing in an imaginary one. Both the idealist and the cynical realist are childish. The Christian realist, by contrast, should be childlike.

Virtual Reality and Christian Politics
Virtual Reality and Christian Politics

I want to illuminate this conspiratorial approach, which I term “Christian Virtual Reality Politics,” by contrasting it with a more familiar approach, which I call “Christian Religious Politics.”

Retort against Woke Identity Politics: A Review of Joshua Mitchell’s American Awakening
A Retort against Woke Identity Politics: Review of Joshua Mitchell’s American Awakening

Mitchell’s contrast of wokeism with Christianity not only explains our confused and confusing times, but also showcases the truth, beauty, and freeing peace of the true Christian Gospel.

Don’t Deny Natural Rights: A Review of Nigel Biggar’s What’s Wrong with Rights?
Don’t Deny Natural Rights: A Review of Nigel Biggar’s What’s Wrong with Rights?

Today any serious book searching for the meaning of rights, natural rights, and human rights is welcome, but in “What’s Wrong with Rights?” Biggar seems preoccupied with a straw man—the claim that rights are absolute.

The Return to Liberal Internationalism: A Review of Ikenberry’s A World Safe for Democracy
The Return to Liberal Internationalism: A Review of Ikenberry’s A World Safe for Democracy

In his book “A World Safe for Democracy,” John Ikenberry writes an impassioned defense of liberal internationalism and the international order it helped to create.

The Origins Pelagian Liberalism: A Review of Eric Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism
The Origins of Pelagian Liberalism: A Review of Eric Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism

Eric Nelson’s newest book, The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God, is a compelling and fascinating dive into the theological origins of liberalism.

State Privilege Won’t Save a Faith

Proponents of religious economy theory point to evidence suggesting that religious adherence decreases when a government actively promotes a church or hinders other beliefs.

Reaffirming the Importance of the State During COVID-19
Reaffirming the Importance of the State during COVID-19

The pandemic has only confirmed the importance of states.

Catholic Integralism Should Not Be Dismissed

Rather than taking each other’s strongest arguments, people arguing over Catholic Integralism often defeat straw men or completely dodge arguments. This does not advance the conversation so that learning and mutual edification may occur.