Are We All Ideologues Now?

August 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that … More>

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Who is Ayn Rand? Jennifer Burns’ Brilliant New Biography of a Controversial Icon

March 12, 2009 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

“Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right” By Jennifer Burns | Oxford University Press, USA (October 2009) | 384 pp. | List Price: $27.95

Prior to the 1990s, few scholarly studies of post-World War II American conservatism … More>

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Mea Culpa

September 6, 2006 | by | Topic: The American Story

Recently, President Bush released a 23-page booklet titled “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism.” With the release of this document, more than three years after the invasion of Iraq, now is a time for a sober reassessment of the Bush administration’s … More>

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Principle or Pragmatism?

January 20, 2005 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

A little success is a dangerous thing, especially with regard to a political movement fuelled by ideas. Perhaps some sober self-examination at this time of inauguration would be prudent, if only as a healthy antidote to current conservative triumphalism.

Yes, … More>

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Mall Christianity: Seeker Sensitivity or Cultural Captivity?

October 1, 2002 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Recently, I came across a booklet produced by a nearby congregation popular with some of my students. Inside the back cover are printed its “Founding Principles”:

First, every person deserves the right to hear the true story about Jesus Christ.… More>

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