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Book Reviews

Four-Horse Parlay

Four-Horse Parlay

As important players in the government they had brought about, Madison, Hamilton, Jay, and Washington cashed their winning tickets on the four-horse parlay that secured the Constitution.
Secularism’s Christian Roots

Secularism’s Christian Roots

Larry Siedentop exposes a baleful misunderstanding between Christianity and secularism, the former failing to acknowledge the legitimacy of its offspring, the latter forgetting its own origin or, worse, forging a fake genealogy that traces to the “pagan” world.
There Will Be War

There Will Be War

The U.S. has experienced a period of nearly 150 years of ascendant, then preeminent, power in international relations. Harold W. Rood might remind us that this system is by design and in its operation intended as an obstacle to the ambitions of those who would challenge it and an affront to those who oppose its fundamental principles.
The First American

The First American

Robert Middlekauff has written a morally generous and politically shrewd account of how politically formative was George Washington, even before his two terms as president.
God and Man at Philadelphia

God and Man at Philadelphia

Gregg Frazer reviews Steven Green's ambitious book that breaks some new ground in the study of religion and the American Founding.
Unmasker Unmasked

Unmasker Unmasked

Matthew Stewart is exercised over the effort of Christian historians and apologists to depict the leaders of the American Revolution as “paragons of piety, even miniature deities,” thus disguising the truth that the founders were deist
Deep Conscience

Deep Conscience

Douglas Kries looks at J. Budziszewski's interpretation of Thomas Aquinas's eight questions on the law in the Summa Theologiae.
In the Cave

In the Cave

Carlos Fraenkel’s Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of five cultures, guided by the author’s efforts to teach philosophy in each of them.
The Subprime Directive

The Subprime Directive

A review of Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again, by Peter J. Wallison

From the Editor's Desk

The Outsiders’ Appeal

The Outsiders’ Appeal

The good news is that the outsider faction remains keen on the Constitution that underlies these miscreant branches. The bad news is that it is not so keen on the conservative movement in its existing, and maybe not even in its best, form.

Essays

Vol. XV4Fall 2015
Volume XX, Number 3, Summer 2020

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