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.

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Alexander Hamilton and the Health Care Challenge

The founders are almost always relevant, even to our most up to date concerns.  This is true not because they could anticipate all those concerns, but because they had thought through principles that... More

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George Washington’s Greatness

What made George Washington great?  This is a question that comes to mind at this time of year.  Washington's birthday was observed on the 16th, and his actual birthday is still coming up, on the 22... More

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Judicial Lawlessness in Alabama

At this moment, Alabama is in a state of legal and judicial disarray.  A federal judge has declared the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconst... More

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Against Judicial Supremacy

Does the Supreme Court get to decide, finally, for everybody, and for all time, what the Constitution means?  Many people today assume that they answer to this question is "yes," and even that this a... More

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Screwtape Revisited

Recently, I had a chance to revisit C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters.  Doing so permitted me to appreciate once again Lewis's considerable virtues.  It also reminded me of some things I had forgot... More

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The Angelic Doctor, Alive and Well

Today on the Church calendar is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church.  This great saint, who lived on earth from 1225 to 1274, is now alive and well in heaven praying... More

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Is Speaker Boehner Violating the Constitution by Inviting Netanyahu to Address Congress?

Speaker Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress of the United States.  This has made the White House pretty upset, which is understandable from their poi... More

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Monsignor Ronald Knox: A Lost Sense of Decency

For Christmas I received as a gift, and I have been reading with joy and benefit, Ronald Knox's religious memoir, A Spiritual Aeneid.  This book was written when Knox was still relatively young, so i... More

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A Non-Religious Law Professor’s Humane Case for Religious Exemptions

Over at the Washington Post, law professor (and non-religious believer) Eugene Volokh offers a lengthy post with a kind of argument for religious exemptions to certain laws, a kind of argument not oft... More

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The Pope, Freedom of Speech, and the Constitution

Last week Pope Francis encountered some criticism for suggesting that there are limits to freedom of speech.  His comments were made in the wake of the attack in France on the magazine Charlie Hebdo.... More


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