The Books

"When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments." (2 Timothy 4:13)


Currently Reading

Economics for the Common Good

The Gene: An Intimate History


Next Up

The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth


Recently Completed

The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

The New Criterion (November 2017)

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

Founding Grammars

God and Money 



Embryology and Science Denial

From The Public Discourse:

In short, Dr. Paulson accuses the HHS of presenting a faith-based affirmation as if it were a scientific position. But it turns out that his denial of the claim that life begins at conception contradicts the standard scientific position, and his arguments against that claim are fallacious (sometimes egregiously so) and inaccurate. Ironically, it is Dr. Paulson, not the HHS, who seems to be basing his views about the beginning of human life on something other than scientific facts.

The Physiophobe

We are physiophobes: we are afraid of, or we detest, the way things are. We take no delight in the real. We do not revel in boys being boys and girls being girls, and their coming together in marriage, the real thing, to make children, real children.