Reviews

The myth of ‘work-life balance’

Meaning of Life by David L. Bahnsen (Post Hill Press, $29, 205 pages) Paul Tuns, Review: David Bahnsen is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of a wealth management company and a committed Christian, and he brings a wealth of knowledge from both perspectives to Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life, a brief and highly readable book about the importance of work. Bahnsen condemns [...]

2024-04-10T11:52:26-04:00April 10, 2024|Marriage and Family, Religion, Reviews|

Bad Therapy

Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up Abigail Shrier (Sentinel, $39.99, 297 pages) Abigail Shrier was the subject of attempted cancellation after her 2020 book on transgenderism, Irreversible Damage, upset trans activists. Her new book will likewise upset another group of people, although perhaps one less likely to see her silenced: a conglomeration of therapists, school counselors, and parents that have [...]

2024-04-08T11:46:08-04:00April 8, 2024|Reviews, Society & Culture|

Filling the God-shaped hole

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements The idea of a “God-shaped hole” that came into existence roughly during the Enlightenment and grew with the retreat of religion is mistakenly attributed to the French philosopher Blaise Pascal. The truth is that nobody really knows where the phrase came from, but it has taken on a life of its own, becoming [...]

2024-04-08T11:38:13-04:00April 8, 2024|Religion, Reviews, Rick McGinnis|

What is a Conservative Futurist?

The Conservative Futurist: How to Create the Sci-Fi World We Were Promised by James Pethokoukis (Center Street, $37, 327 pages) Paul Tuns, Review: James Pethokoukis, a policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, has written a call-to-arms for conservatives and policymakers to embrace almost limitless innovation to create the economic growth that will deliver the human flourishing that techno-optimists have been predicting for [...]

2024-03-01T09:02:54-05:00March 1, 2024|Reviews|

Amazing Grace: A Cultural History of the Beloved Hymn

Amazing Grace: A Cultural History of the Beloved Hymn James Walvin (University of California Press, $30, 197 pages) The origin story of the hymn “Amazing Grace” is well-known: John Newton, the captain of a 18th century English slave ship, had a dramatic conversion after surviving a story which led him to become an abolitionist and pastor, with “Amazing Grace” written as a [...]

2024-01-11T10:04:06-05:00January 11, 2024|Religion, Reviews|

The Revolt Against Humanity

The Revolt Against Humanity: Imagining a World Without Us Adam Kirsch (Columbia Global Reports, $16, 99 pages) Adam Kirsch’s The Revolt Against Humanity is the best short introduction to the posthuman world imagined by futurists fascinated by the imagined combining of technology and humanity in what is called the singularity. He briefly lays out the literary, philosophic, and scientific literature that imagined [...]

2024-01-09T16:28:32-05:00January 9, 2024|Bioethics, Reviews|

The Democrats’ abandonment of moderation

Oswald Clark Where Have All the Democrats Gone: The Soul of the Party in the Age of Extremes by John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira (Holt, $38.99, 325 pages) More than two decades ago, John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote The Emerging Democratic Majority, predicting demographic changes would result in presidential and congressional victories for the Democrats for the foreseeable future. [...]

2024-01-04T12:43:47-05:00January 4, 2024|Politics, Reviews|

Solving a good Christmas mystery (or two)

Michael Taube: Christmas is a wonderful time of year. Families enjoy time together. Music and carols are heard in the background. The tree is trimmed. Presents are wrapped. The wreath is on the door. Lights flicker either inside or outside the house - or, in some cases, both. Who knows? You may even be called upon to solve a good Christmas mystery [...]

2023-12-04T13:06:35-05:00December 4, 2023|Religion, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Sowell skewers the social justice worldview

Paul Tuns, Review: Social Justice Fallacies by Thomas Sowell, 224 pages, (Basic Books, $35, 224 pages) Economist and writer Thomas Sowell’s latest book, Social Justice Fallacies, examines the incorrect assumption that different outcomes for visible minorities or women are prime facie evidence of unjust discrimination. Sowell says the notion that absent racism or sexism all groups would perform identically is fundamentally flawed. Over [...]

2023-12-01T13:15:03-05:00December 1, 2023|Politics, Reviews, Society & Culture|

The Political Economy of Distributism

The Political Economy of Distributism: Property, Liberty, and the Common Good Alexander William Salter (Catholic University of America Press, $32.95 pb, $97.95 hc, 238 pages) Distributism, popularized at the beginning of the 20th century by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, is an economic system that draws upon Catholic social teaching and emphasizes a human dimension to the economic sphere, although its advocates [...]

2023-12-01T12:53:30-05:00November 8, 2023|Reviews, Society & Culture|

My generation: the decades that divide us

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Rick McGinnis: I have a theory that we only started thinking seriously about generations after World War II when – in Western countries at least – it became rarer for multiple generations to inhabit the same household. Instead of being divided roughly into “young” and “old” we became obsessed with the small differences between discrete [...]

2023-11-07T10:53:54-05:00November 7, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Two parents are better than one

Paul Tuns, Review: The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind by Melissa S. Kearney (University of Chicago Press, $32.50, 225 pages) For the second time in two years, a long-time argument made by conservatives became mainstream following the publication of a book that digs deep into the data about a social phenomenon that had previously been both controversial [...]

2023-11-07T10:36:02-05:00November 7, 2023|Marriage and Family, Reviews, Society & Culture|

How did we suddenly get so woke?

From the editor’s desk Two recent books, both published by Broadside Books, delve into the roots of today’s woke ideology to describe its origins and march “through the institutions” as Antonio Gramsci called for: The Origins of Woke: Civil Rights Law, Corporate America, and The Triumph of Identity Politics by Richard Hanania ($39.50, 270 pages) and America’s Cultural Revolution: How the Radical [...]

2023-11-06T15:12:31-05:00November 6, 2023|Paul Tuns, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Life to the Full

Life to the Full: True Stories that Reveal the Dignity of Every Human Life Edited by Abby Johnson and Tyler Rowley (Ignatius Press, $16.95 pb or ebook, 178 pages) Life to the Full is a collection of more than 20 first-person accounts by women and doctors as they confront the reality of abortion. Many of the stories are chilling and this is [...]

2023-10-02T16:13:13-04:00October 2, 2023|Abortion, Reviews|

Tyranny Inc. only skims the surface

Oswald Clark, Review: Tyranny Inc. by Sohrab Ahmari (Forum Books, $37.99, 252 pages) There is much material to support the promising subtitle of Sohrab Ahmari’s new book, Tyranny Inc: How Private Power Crushed American Liberty and What to Do About It but Ahmari focuses completely on aspect of supposedly tyrannical companies: their treatment of employees. Readers who know Ahmari as a critic of [...]

2023-09-29T13:23:15-04:00September 29, 2023|Reviews, Society & Culture|
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