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.

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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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In Defense of Edmund Burke

Craig Shirley has an article at Breitbart in which he has some critical words for some contemporary Republicans, with which I will not argue.  He also has some critical words for the great British co... More

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Democrats’ Revolting Equal-Pay Demagoguery

"Democrats' Revolting Equal-Pay Demagoguery."  Beyond the intrinsic merit of the article to which this title is attached, it deserves some notice because of who wrote it.  It's not from an op-ed by,... More

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Canon Law and the Bishops’ Border Mass

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has a good and interesting blog post on the recent celebration of Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border by some American Bishops.  He suggests that here the bishops in question erred,... More

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Mozilla, Brendan Eich, and the HHS Mandates

Last week Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla Corporation because of complaints that, among other things, he had given a contribution to support Proposition 8--the amendment to the ... More

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The HHS Mandates and the Many Meanings of Pluralism

There is an amusing bit in the famous movie Becket in which King Henry II of England and his counsellor (and later Archbishop of Canterbury) Thomas Becket spar about the meaning of honor.  Becket, w... More

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In Pakistan: A Christian Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

According to the U.K. Telegraph, a Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Apparently, the imposition of such a penalty for such an offense is not the only problem.  Accordi... More

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Hobby Lobby and Religious Liberty: One Analyst Predicts Victory

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the Hobby Lobby case, in which that corporation, which is owned by Christians, is challenging some of the HHS insurance mandates.  Hobby Lobby clai... More

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The Culture of Dishonesty: Abortion, Divorce, and Obamacare

Over at Public Discourse I have an essay looking into the public's rather disturbing (to me, anyway) lack of anger about the president's dishonesty in selling the health care law (if you like your... More

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Jousting, Dueling, and Artificial Contraception

What does artificial contraception--the modern practice of using technology to defeat the procreative tendency of sexual intercourse--have to do with jousting--the medieval practice of fighting for fu... More


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