ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Some omitted; book reviews follow
“How Happiness Studies Lets Us Down.” First Things, forthcoming.
“Happiness Is a Warm Company? Human Well-Being Isn’t a Skill and No Business-School Course Can Teach It.” Wall Street Journal, March, 2022.
“Children Who Lose Their Faith: What Can You Do?” Daily Wire, March, 2022.
“You’re Killin’ Me: Are We Dying From the Disease or From the Cure?” Townhall, Op-Ed, March 2022.
“Are We Happy Yet? Don’t Just Count the Numbers.” Epoch Times, Op-Ed, February 2022.
“Between Man and Man: Friendship, Law, and the Common Good.” Public Discourse (15 May 2021).
"Of Course Human Law Develops. Can Natural and Divine Law Develop?" For a symposium on “Aquinas on the Development of Law,” Aquinas Institute, held at the Blackfriars, Oxford University, Oxford, England, March, 2019. Published in Law and Justice, No. 183 (2019).
“A Rake’s Progress,” in Brian Besong and Jonathan Fuqua, eds., Faith and Reason: Philosophers Explain Their Turn to Catholicism (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019).
"Thomas Aquinas on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and Faithful Love,” in Theresa Notare, ed., Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later, Embracing God’s Vision of Marriage, Love, and Life: A Compendium (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2019).
“’The Same as to Knowledge.’” In Christopher Wolfe, ed., Natural Law Today: The Present State of the Perennial Philosophy. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018), pp. 53-70.
“Response” (my contribution to a symposium on my work on natural law). Catholic Social Science Review 22 (2017), pp. 73–90.
“Finding the Water in the Desert.” In Janet E. Smith and Paul Check, Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015).
“Left, Right, Prudence, Principle, and Catholic Social Doctrine,” First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, blog (7 October 2014).
"Evangelizing Christians." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 246 (October, 2014), pp. 19-21.
“This Time Will Not Be the Same.” First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 241 (March, 2014), pp. 24-25.
“The Strange Second Life of Confessional States.” In Paul R. Dehart and Carson Holloway, eds., Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith (DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming 2014).
"Natural Rights." New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi, Vol. 3 (Detroit: Gale, 2013), pp. 1042-1044.
"More than a Passing Fancy? The Evangelical Engagement With Natural Law," in Jesse Covington, Bryan McGraw, and Micah Watson, eds.,Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012).
"How Natural Law Points to a Divine Origin," in Francis J. Beckwith, Robert P. George, and Susan McWilliams, eds., A Second Look at First Things (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press, forthcoming 2013).
"Two Theories, Not One." In Kenneth L. Grasso and Cecilia R. Castillo, eds., Theology and Public Philosophy: Four Conversations. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012).
"The Lower Is Not the More Solid." Communio: International Catholic Review 38 (Summer 2011), pp. 279-297.
"Diplomacy and Theology in the Dialogue on Universal Ethics." Article for symposium on the International Theological Commission's statement, "The Search for Universal Ethics: A New Look at Natural Law." Nova et Vetera, English Edition, 9:3 (2011), pp. 707-735.
"To Lose God Is to Lose Man: What 'Public Reason' Can Learn from Public Faith." Article for symposium on book by Carson Holloway, Catholic Social Science Review 15 (Fall 2010), pp. 35-46.
"Natural Law, Democracy, and Shari'a." In Rex Ahdar and Nicholas Aroney, eds., Shari'a in the West (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 181-206.
"Natural Law Revealed," First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 188 (December 2008), pp. 29-33.
"How a Constitution May Undermine Constitutionalism." In Patrick McKinley Brennan, ed., Civilizing Authority: Society, State, and Church (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2007), pp. 145-160.
"Natural Law as Fact, as Theory, and as Sign of Contradiction." In Holger Zaborowski, ed., Natural Moral Law and Contemporary Society,Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, Volume 53 (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010). Also published in Catholic Social Science Review 12 (October, 2007), pp. pp. 11-32, with responses by Francis J. Beckwith and Kevin Lee.
"On Having Done With It: The Death of Modernist Tolerance." In Gerson Moreno-Riano, ed., Tolerance in the 21st Century: Prospects and Challenges (Lantham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2006).
"Natural Law." In Jack Campbell and Gavin McGrath, eds., New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Leicester, England: InterVarsity U.K., 2006).
"The Illusion of Gay Marriage." Contribution to a symposium issue of Philosophia Christi 7:1 (Summer 2005), pp. 45-52.
"Response to Marvin Ellison." Contribution to a symposium issue of Philosophia Christi 7:1 (Summer 2005), pp. 15-17.
"Capital Punishment: The Case for Justice." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 145 (August/September, 2004), pp. 39-45.
"Accept No Imitations: The Rivalry of Naturalism and Natural Law." Comprises Chapter 6 of William A. Dembski, ed., Uncommon Dissent (Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Press, 2004).
"Feeling Moral." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 127 (November, 2002), pp. 9-11.
"The Second Tablet Project." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 124 (June-July 2002), pp. 23-31.
"Categorical Pardon: On the Argument for Abolishing Capital Punishment." Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 16:1 (2002), pp. 43-56. Reprinted in John Carlson, Eric Elshtain, and Erik Owens, eds., A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty (Grand Rapids: Eerdman's, 2004).
"Preliminary Thoughts on Irrevocable Punishment." Included in Sightings (a publication of the Martin Marty Center, Divinity School, University of Chicago), 8 November 2001, and in A Call for Reckoning: A Conference Reader on Religion and the Death Penalty, University of Chicago Divinity School, November 2001 (for conference January 2002).
"Pilgrim Meets Compassionate" (in the style of John Bunyan). First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 117 (November, 2001), pp. 13-14.
"Human Life, Natural Law, and Pastoral Care." Theology Matters 7:1 (Jan/Feb 2001), pp. 1-4.
"Denying What We Can't Not Know." In Timothy Fuller and John P. Hittinger, eds., Reassessing the Liberal State: Reading Maritain's Man and the State (Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association / Catholic University Press, 2001), pp. 159-165.
"The Humanist Manifestos (1933, 1973, 1999)." Contribution to a symposium on books of the Twentieth Century. First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No 101 (2000), pp. 42-43.
"Playing Dumb: The Natural Consequences of Violating the Natural Law." American Journal of Jurisprudence 44 (1999), pp. 75-89.
"Handling Issues of Conscience." The Newman Rambler (Spring-Summer, 1999), pp. 1-7. This was the text of the Beatty Memorial Lecture/Newman Lecture given in January 1999 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Introductory essay to Mitchell S. Muncy, ed., The End of Democracy? II: A Crisis of Legitimacy (Dallas: Spence Publishing, 1999), pp. xi-xlviii. Reprinted, in part, as "The Future of the End of Democracy" in First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 91 (1999), pp. 15-21. Reprinted, with two responses, in a symposium on "Judicial Usurpation of Politics," in Findings 1:2 (2001), pp. 5-19.
"Natural Law and Tolerance." Revue générale de droit 29:2 (1999), 233-238.
"Incarnate Nature, Incarnate Law." Contribution to a thirtieth-anniversary symposium on Humanae Vitae. First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 88 (1998), pp. 18-19.
"The Revenge of Conscience." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 84 (1998), pp. 21-27. An earlier version of the article was published under the title "Conscience Will Have Its Revenge: Natural Law and Social Collapse" in William D. Gairdner, ed., After Liberalism: Essays in Search of Freedom, Virtue, and Order (North York, Ontario: Stoddart, 1998), pp. 231-248.
"Why We Kill the Weak." Human Life Review 23:4 (1997), pp. 67-74; reprinted under title "Euthanasia Can Never Be Justified" in Dan Leone, ed., At Issue: The Ethics of Euthanasia (San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998).
"What We Can't Not Know." Human Life Review 22:4 (1996), pp. 85-94; reprinted in Anne Conlon, The Debate Since Roe (New York: Human Life Foundation, 2010).
"The Problem with Conservatism." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 62 (1996), pp. 38-44.
"The Problem with Liberalism." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 61 (1996), pp. 20-26.
"The Problem With Communitarianism." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 51 (1995), pp. 22-26.
"The Balnibarbian Heresies." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 46 (1994), pp. 16-18.
"Politics of Virtues, Government of Knaves." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 44 (1994), pp. 38-44.
"Why We Are So Bad, and What We Can Do About It: On the State and Civic Virtue." International Journal of Public Administration 17:12 (1994), pp. 2285-2296. Title of symposium: "Character Ethics and Public Administration."
"Fanning the Embers of Civic Virtue: Toward a (Chastened) Politics of Character." Public Affairs Quarterly 7 (1993), pp. 93-112.
"The Illusion of Moral Neutrality." First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 35 (1993), pp. 32-37. Reprinted, in Spanish translation, in La Capellania Informa, University of Piura, Piura, Spain, October, 2008.
"Religion and Civic Virtue." In John W. Chapman and William Galston, eds., Virtue: NOMOS XXXIV (New York: New York University Press, 1992), pp. 49-68.
"The Pincovian Persuasion: Six Problems in Virtue Ethics." Social Theory and Practice 17 (1991), pp. 251-271. Title of symposium: "The Nature of Virtue Ethics: Its Political Relevance."
"Persuading Caesar: A New Approach to Farquharson's Problem." Public Choice 51 (1986), pp. 129-140.
"A Homily on Method." Journal of Politics 46 (1984), pp. 739-759.
Untitled review of Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain, eds., The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market and Morals. Journal of Church and State, 49:3 (Summer, 2007), pp. 558-560.
"Truth -- or Consequences." (Review of Paul J. Griffiths, Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity). First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 146 (October 2004), pp. 49-53.
"Stranger Than Ever." (Review of Peter Augustine Lawler, Aliens in America: The Strange Truth About Our Souls). Review of Politics 65:4 (2003), pp. 482-484
"Prima Gratia" (Review of Russell Hittinger, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian World). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 132 (April 2003), pp. 59-64.
"The Compassionate Amoralist" (review of Jonathan Glover, Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 114 (June/July 2001), pp. 58-61.
"Can Common Sense Be Taught?" (review of Edward B. McLean, ed., Common Truths: New Perspectives on Natural Law). Texas Review of Law and Politics 5.1 (2000), pp. 247-265.
Untitled review of Robert P. George, In Defense of Natural Law. In Philosophia Christi, Series 2, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2000), pp. 122-124.
"Overcoming the Scandal of the Christian Mind" (review of Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live?). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 100 (2000), pp. 52-56.
Untitled review of John Horton and Susan Mendus, eds., Toleration, Identity, and Difference. In American Political Science Review 93 (December 1999), pp. 958-959.
"Natural Born Lawyers" (review of eight books on natural law by Heinrich A. Rommen, Robert P. George, Anthony J. Lisska, David Novak, Michael Cromartie, Pamela M. Hall, David R. Forte, and Christina L.H. Traina). Weekly Standard 5:14 (20 December 1999), pp. 31-35.
"Hauerwas v. Hauerwas v. Hauerwas" (review of Stanley Hauerwas, Sanctify Them In the Truth: Holiness Exemplified). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 98 (1999), pp. 45-49.
"Talking Straight" (review of Christopher Wolfe, ed., Homosexuality in American Public Life). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 95 (1999), pp. 72-74.
"Just Friends" (review of Catherine Wallace, For Fidelity: How Intimacy and Commitment Enrich Our Lives). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 87 (1998), pp. 60-63.
Untitled brief review of Glenn T. Stanton, Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society. In First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 86 (1998), p. 76.
"Conversations with Himself" (review of Neal Donald Walsch, Conversations with God). National Review 50:5 (March 23, 1998), pp. 53-54.
"Freakshow" (review of Winfried Schleiner, Medical Ethics in the Renaissance). Review of Politics 60:2 (1998), pp. 377-379.
"Explaining Everything" (review of James Q. Wilson, Moral Judgment: Does the Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System?) First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 79 (1998), pp. 57-59.
"Playing God" (review of Bert Keizer, Dancing with Mr. D: Notes on Life and Death; Herbert Hendin, Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and the Dutch Cure; Wesley J. Smith, Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder; M. Scott Peck, Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality; and George E. Delury, But What If She Wants to Die? A Husband's Diary). The National Review 49:13 (14 July 1997), pp. 45-47; reprinted in Human Life Review 23:4 (1997), pp. 92-96.
"Second Thoughts of a Secularist" (review of Guenter Lewy, Why America Needs Religion: Secular Modernity and its Discontents). First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life No. 72 (1997), pp. 42-43.
"Divided Hearts" (review of Luke Timothy Johnson, The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Historical Gospels, and Carol Zaleski, The Life of the World to Come: Near-Death Experience and Christian Hope). The National Review 48:14 (29 July 1996), pp. 50-51.
"Bitter Medicines" (review of Digby Anderson, ed., This Will Hurt: The Restoration of Virtue and Civic Order). The National Review 48:6 (8 April 1996), pp. 54-56.
"Loitering at the Gate" (review of M. Scott Peck, In Search of Stones: A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason, and Discovery, and Robert Fulghum,From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives). The National Review 47:13 (10 July 1995), pp. 59-60.