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

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An Unfair and Revealing Attack on the Pope’s Encyclical

The National Post has a rather unfair and somewhat revealing attack on the pope's encyclical by a writer named Colby Cosh. Not all of the criticisms are unfair.  For example, Cosh notes the pope's... More

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Unfit to Live?

A number of years ago, I attended a program on the campus of an elite university.  The speaker was a non-religious public intellectual who was, as far as I could tell (and as best as I can remember) ... More

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Global Warming and Religious Obligation

I was about to say that people are eagerly anticipating Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, but maybe they are no longer needing to anticipate: According to this news report the encyclical h... More

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When Capital Punishment is Necessary to Protect Society

Many Catholics oppose the use of capital punishment--at least in countries like the United States--on the grounds that it is no longer necessary to protect society from the wrongdoer.  This is a reas... More

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Persecution, Then and Now

Christians in America sometimes complain of what they perceive as persecution or a move in the direction of anti-Christian persecution.  These concerns may sometimes be overblown.  Christianity and ... More

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True Freedom

Our political freedom is very important, and we should do everything we can to preserve it.  But as Catholics we know that it is not the highest kind of freedom. This truth was brought back to my ... More

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Did the Founders Intend to Create a Christian Nation?

In his most recent column, Pat Buchanan notes the recent Pew survey that indicates that America has become less Christian over the last several years.  In 1990 86% of Americans said they were Christi... More

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Downsize, No. Remain faithful, yes.

In an earlier post I discussed the so-called "Benedict option"--the strategy advocated by some Catholics that the Church withdraw from politics and the culture wars and try to establish enclaves of ho... More

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Hillary Clinton and the Supreme Court

According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will h... More

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Catholic Political Activism and the Benedict Option

It often seems that the culture of the United States is headed in a direction that faithful Catholics cannot approve, and this makes them wonder what they should do to face a future that might turn ou... More


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