Carson Holloway

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Carson Holloway

Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press), The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing), and All Shook Up: Music, Passion and Politics (Spence Publishing), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books). His articles have appeared in the Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and First Things. He is a regular contributor to the online journal The Public Discourse. Holloway was a 2005-06 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998.

Recent Posts

Donald Trump finally took some punches, Carly Fiorina grabbed control, Jeb Bush woke up and Marco Rubio and Chris Christie elbowed their way into the fray on a crowded stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015. Everyone else just tried to crash the party.

Whither Trump?

One of the most interesting and talked about questions in the early part of the 2016 presidential race has been: what will happen with Donald Trump?  Much of the Republican establishment clearly does... More


Could America Survive Without Religion?

Could America survive without religion?  This is the question posed by Catholic philosopher and lawyer Robert George at Public Discourse. That this question can even be posed is a measure of how g... More


Abby Johnson’s Pro-Life Conversion

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a public lecture by Abby Johnson.  Abby's story is pretty remarkable, for a couple of reasons. First, she was a committed proponent of aborti... More


Justice Scalia, Parental Rights, and the Constitution

This blog post reproduces an e-mail from criticizing Justice Scalia for being unwilling to use the power of the Supreme Court to protect parental rights.  The e-mail notes that Sca... More


Terror in Paris, Confusion in Washington

President Obama's statements about politics--and especially about foreign policy--often leave me with the sense that he has an unrealistic, utopian view of the world.  This sense was reinforced by hi... More


Ben Carson and the Constitution

A few weeks ago, presidential candidate Ben Carson provoked a bit of a firestorm by declaring that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation."  This remark caused a good de... More


Synod Confusion

The Synod on the family is getting ready to wrap up in Rome, and--not surprisingly--the coverage of it by the mainstream American media shows widespread confusion about what Catholicism is, or about h... More


Biden’s Bad Idea

Today, in a Rose Garden speech, Joe Biden announced that he would not be running for president.  He also, however, announced his determination to be a kind of public voice of the Democratic Party dur... More


Joe Biden Should Run For President and Defend the Pro-Life Cause

Joe Biden should run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and defend the pro-life cause.  This strange and seemingly unlikely idea came to me after I read an account of a recent interview... More

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Trump as the Anti-Obama

A while ago Tom Hoopes posted an interesting piece pointing out the many ways in which Donald Trump's candidacy is like Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.  I'm not disagreeing with anything Tom said, but ... More



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