Joseph Bottum

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Cardinal Koch and Jewish-Christian Relations

You probably saw the news reports about Cardinal Koch—head of the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, named this summer to replace Cardinal Kasper. During a question-and-an... More

Brideshead Rewatched

A review of the new 30th-anniversary edition of the 1981 PBS showing of Brideshead Revisited. The show was about as faithful to Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel as television can get—and the book was an... More

Conviction, Not Convenience

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience; it is a core conviction,” Rick Perry announces in Iowa. It's a good line, and it he follows it up with a swipe at those who try to clai... More

Biblical Statecraft

My friend David Goldman has a new book well worth your time: How Civilizations Die. I cannot recommend it highly enough. But David writes today: Talking to religious conservatives is like breath... More

Our Lord’s Agenda

In the comments to a previous post, one reader writes, "you ignore Rick Santorum, and other True Catholics like him, at the peril of your own souls. You casually toss away a godly Catholic man to suit... More

What the Spouse Believes

Rick Santorum says: "When you look at someone to determine whether they’d be the right person for public office, look at who they lay down with at night and what they believe in. . . . Who is the pe... More

Baptists vs. Mormons

So, Robert Jeffress—pastor of First Baptist in Dallas, a 10,000-member megachurch, influential among evangelicals—announced on Friday that “Republicans shouldn't vote for White House hopeful Mit... More

Conservatives & Intellectuals

An interesting essay by Shikha Dalmia in the libertarians’ magazine Reason—an attack on President Obama that argues: "The great political divide right now is not between eggheads and blockheads, a... More

Christian Provocations

Christians to blame for their own persecution? The U.S. State Department's annual report on international religious freedom describes hundreds of incidents of religious bigotry and violence, especi... More

Picking a Running Mate

In a recent interview with Robert Costa, South Carolina’s Republican senator Lindsey Graham gave his thoughts on the candidates for the 2012 nomination. He offered some interesting praise for Ric... More


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