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


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


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


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


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


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


Religion and Discrimination

The controversy a few weeks ago over Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has touched off an argument about the role of claims of religious conscience in relation to anti-discrim... More


Salt of the Earth: The Church is Supposed to be Different

It is very common for some people, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, to call on the Church to change its teachings in order to be better in tune with "the times."  These calls never make m... More


Slamming a Saint

I would like to follow up on Kate O'Hare's post noting the negative presentation of Thomas More in Wolf Hall and linking to Travis Curtright's excellent correction of the record at Public Discourse. ... More


It’s a Glorious Time to be a Faithful Catholic

It seems that these are grim times to be a faithful Catholic.  Some people in positions of great cultural influence seem to be animated by a disdain for Catholics and the Catholic Church.  Here'... More


Four Key Differences Between the Classic Civil Rights Movement and the New Left’s Campaign Against “Discrimination”

In the ugly controversy over Indiana's RFRA law, we have once again heard some proponents of gay rights present their movement as an heir to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s--and also ... More



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