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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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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Pornography, Privacy, and the Public Interest

Catholic legal theorist Robert P. George of Princeton University has a characteristically clear, compelling, and helpful article at the Philadelphia Inquirer website on the social costs of pornography... More

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Leo Strauss, Conservatism, and Catholicism

Over at Public Discourse, I have a review of Michael and Catherine Zuckert's excellent new book on Leo Strauss, the German-American teacher of political philosophy whose legacy has proven so controver... More

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Francis and Benedict: Who Am I to Judge?

A common view has it that Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict are light years apart.  There is something to be said for that view.  They are certainly very different men, who tend to emphasize d... More

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The Pope Criticizes the Curia

Pope Francis gave a talk to the officials of the curia that admonished them to guard against a variety of spiritual diseases.  The Washington Post seems surprised by the tenor of the talk.  You can ... More

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The President and Who We are as a People

The always excellent Andrew Ferguson has a good piece at the Weekly Standard commenting on President Obama's habit of using the expression "who we are as a people."  As is usual with Ferguson's writi... More

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The Destruction of The New Republic

The New Republic is (or was) probably the most respected left of center journal of opinion in the United States.  It has a venerable history, having been founded a century ago by impressive intellect... More

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Abraham Lincoln,Thanksgiving, and the First Amendment

Over at the Heritage Foundation's blog, The Daily Signal, I have a piece arguing that the longstanding tradition of presidential proclamations of thanksgiving challenges the contemporary theory that h... More

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Benedict XVI on Politics and the Holy Mass

The other day at the used book store, an older title by Joseph Ratzinger--not yet Benedict XVI--caught my eye: The Feast of Faith, a collection of reflections on the liturgy.  I am primarily interest... More

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The President’s Immigration Order

We will soon see what, exactly, the president's executive order on immigration looks like.  The various accounts of it that have been floated over the last few months, however, give some sense of wha... More


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