Facing up to Darwin

American Spectator - February 2012

It is fair to say that "Darwin's dangerous idea," as Daniel Dennett has described it, has caused more trouble to the ordinary conscience than just about any other scientific hypothesis. We cannot easily reject the theory of evolution, which explains so much that we observe in the lives of plants and animals; and we cannot easily accept it either, when it comes to understanding human beings.

Conservatism and Climate

Huffington Post - 9.5.2012

In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, I argue that environmental degradation has one cause above all others, which is the propensity of human beings to take the benefit, and to leave the costs to someone else, preferably someone far away in space or time, whose protests can be safely ignored.

When will the Conservative Party fight for England?

Conservative Home - 5.1.2013

We know that electoral boundaries are currently drawn in ways that disadvantage the Conservative party.

The Great Swindle

Aeon Magazine - 17.12.2012

A high culture is the self-consciousness of a society. It contains the works of art, literature, scholarship and philosophy that establish a shared frame of reference among educated people.

Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England

For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead.

It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian.

Memo to Hawking: There's Still Room for God

Wall Street Journal - 24/09/2010

Neither Kant nor Einstein thought physics explained everything.

How did the universe begin? Some think the question has no answer—that it lies beyond the limits of human reason.

Is religion a force for the good?

The Independent - 26/11/10

Just as there are bad people with religious beliefs, so there are good people without them. So what does religion add to morality and why is the addition good? The first thing that religion adds is the idea of the sacred.

The Wilderness Obsession

The American Spectator - 5/11/2010

The environmental movement in America began as a defense of nature against man. But what we call "nature" is a human construct, and when Thoreau and John Muir set out to protect the unspoiled wilderness, they were really trying to create the unspoilt human being who would walk in it.

Effing the Ineffable

Big Questions online - 4/11/2010

How do we express what cannot be said?

Thomas Aquinas, who devoted some two million words to spelling out, in the Summa Theologica, the nature of the world, God's purpose in creating it and our fate in traversing it, ended his short life (short by our standards, at least) in a state of ecstasy, declaring that all that he had written was of no significance beside the beatific vision that he had been granted, and in the face of which words fail.

Politics as a Profession

The American Spectator - 6/10/2010

Angelo Codevilla's examination of the American political class in The American Spectator of July this year will surely take its place among the seminal texts of American conservatism. It brings into clear focus the great danger to the American settlement that has arisen during the course of the last century -- which is the slow, steady confiscation of political decisions by a self-defining elite.

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