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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Can the President Pardon Illegal Immigrants?

At Powerline, Steven Hayward floats the provocative suggestion that President Obama might issue a blanket pardon for illegal immigrants as a way of goading the Republicans into impeaching him--a fight... More

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Divorce, Remarriage, and Moral Tragedy

In a recent post I offered a few critical remarks on some things that Cardinal Kaspar said in an interview with Commonweal.  Cardinal Kaspar favors some effort to reform the Church's refusal to admit... More

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Cardinal Kaspar on Marriage, Divorce, and Communion

Cardinal Kaspar is a famous churchman who seems to favor some revision of the way the Church handles the question of divorce, remarriage, and admission to holy communion.  He discusses this, and some... More

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C.S. Lewis and Donald Sterling

What has Donald Sterling to do with C.S. Lewis? This: Sterling's racist remarks, and the public reaction to them, remind us of the truth--and continued relevance--of C.S. Lewis's argument for moral... More

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Premature Talk of Surrender on Marriage

Some suggest that conservatives should or will surrender in the current contest over the meaning of marriage.  Such suggestions are premature, I argue in an article at Public Discourse.  I think tha... More

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Boko Haram and “Extrajudicial Killing”

The Washington Post has an editorial on Nigeria's efforts to deal with the Boko Haram kidnappings.  Besides condemning these heinous acts, it also complains about the approach to the problem by the g... More

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Is Donald Sterling Getting (Legal) Justice?

Is Donald Sterling getting legal justice?  Maybe not, according to conservative lawyer A.J. Delgado. At National Review Online, Delgado contends that the penalties imposed on Sterling may not actu... More

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Catholicism and the Nature of Marriage

I have sometimes seen well-intentioned commentators say that the Church needs to insist that a Christian marriage is only between a man and a woman.  Similarly, I have seen others make an argument th... More

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John Paul II’s First Homily: Sacrifice, Humility, Courage

The canonization of John Paul II gives us a fitting opportunity to reflect on his legacy.  One way to do that is to return to his first homily as pope (which, along with a lot of other useful materia... More

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John Paul II, Abortion, and Democracy

Pope John Paul II--who will be canonized this Sunday--is well known as a strong critic of abortion.  Less well known, although still worthy of our attention, is his argument about the relationshi... More


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