Public Writings


Public Writings


Evangelicals bring the votes, Catholics bring the brains

“But it remains the case that Catholic intellectuals are overrepresented in the US conservative movement. By virtue of their 19th-century separationist anxieties and their investment in institutions of higher learning, Catholics have become the brains of the religious Right in the US.”


Reinhold Niebuhr, Washington’s Favorite Theologian

“Do Comey, Obama, and other powerful people read Niebuhr because he tells them to act with humility and caution? Or is it because Niebuhr tells them that moral men have to play hardball?”


The strange, short career of Judeo-Christianity

“Defenders of Judeo-Christianity believe that they are invoking timeless principles. In fact, Judeo-Christianity is a very recent invention.”