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The Family-Centered Politics of Abraham Kuyper

From James D. Bratt’s biography: The family… was for Kuyper first in every sense of the term. It was the first institution to appear in history and seeded all the rest. Its health was the foundation and surest barometer of a society’s wellbeing. It grew from nature, prospered by nurture, and properly taught its members […]

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A Progressive Homemaker in the 1970s

My astute wife passed along this article from the Atlantic on how housewives lived in thought in the 1970s. The quotes from Betty Ford are fascinating. What we see is an example of someone who is a moderate feminist, abortion rights advocate, American capitalist, and a homemaker. This sort of progressivist homemaking had its roots […]

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Allan Carlson and the Politics of the Family

I reviewed Allan Carlson’s book Third Ways back in January, and since then I have been working my way through his rather enormous catalogue of work. President of The Howard Center, professor of history at Hillsdale College, and author of ten books and countless essays, not to mention the many other distinguishing appointments he has […]

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Modernity as Sexlessness

The Guardian has a downright amazing even if uncomfortable article on the disappearance of sex in Japan. Several explanations are given for why younger people are choosing to remain single, but a few center around the current social economy. Some argue that the modern world makes sex and, particularly, meaningful personal relationships, just too difficult: […]

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A Future for the American Family

Michael Lotus offers some optimistic predictions about the social upheaval currently underway in America: Despite many current troubles the future will be bright for the United States. We are not in a period of decline, but a period of transformation. America has already once made a change on the scale what is happening now. That […]

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From New Urbanism to New Domesticity

“Women’s work” is threatening to become trendy, or so a few recent books would suggest. Apparently the “Hipster Housewives” are taking the crunchy movement to its next step: New Domesticity. Cooking. crafting, and cloth-diapering are just some of the ways that cosmopolitan young ladies are reclaiming the home. But is this anything more than a fad? […]

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An Interview with Allan Carlson

We are delighted to be able to share with you an interview recently conducted with Allan Carlson, whose book Third Ways was reviewed in this space in January. You can also see a survey of Dr. Carlson’s political and economic thought here. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Carlson for taking the time to respond […]

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Child Catchers Author Relies on Conservative Evangelical Jurist

Kathryn Joyce’s The Child Catchers is being promoted in some quarters as a critique not only of an abusive adoption practice, but also of Evangelical Christianity. It is yet another example of how dangerous American Christianity can be, or so the line goes. And there is certainly much that could be said in criticism of the Evangelical […]

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Mo Babies Mo Problems

This past Sunday, Ross Douthat started a truly astounding conversation about babies, decadence, and the American social conscience.  A strong but partially appreciative criticism was offered by Matthew Yglesias at Slate, and a qualifying but supportive essay was written by Samuel Goldman.  Rod Dreher has made steady commentary throughout the week, with a suggested definition […]