‘Book Reviews’ Archive

The Adams Map: A Different Spectrum, A Challenge August 29, 2014 No Comments

Michael Adams’ 2005 book, American Backlash: The Untold Story of Social Change in the United States, got little attention in the States.  In fact, since he is a Canadian author, only used copies can be found on the regular amazon.com, whereas new copies can actually be found on the Canadian version, amazon.ca.  I found Adams’ […]

Michael Lind’s New Paradigm, and the ‘End’ of Social Conservatism July 6, 2014 No Comments

Michael Lind has released a new essay titled “The Coming Realignment” in The Breakthrough Journal, one of the most innovative magazines around today.  He predicts that social conservatism as we know it will fade away, but that we will not have a political consensus; there will be two camps, one he calls “liberaltarian” based in […]

Learning from Francis Fukuyama August 10, 2011 2 Comments

I have finished Francis Fukuyama’s magnum opus, The Origins of Political Order, and as you might expect I like the way he cuts across traditional categories. Of course I have read his notorious The End of History and the Last Man, which became a laughingstock – somewhat unfairly.  I think his point is that under modern […]

Does Justice Equal Entitlement: A Book Review March 18, 2011 No Comments

  Marvin Olasky, one of the most saintly people I know, has also done a review of Timothy Keller”s new book, Generous Justice. I’m sure it is superior to mine. Nevertheless, I think I have something to say. Timothy Keller, the innovative pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church PCA in New York City, has come out […]

Representing our Jesus to Their Jesus, A Book Notice April 22, 2010 2 Comments

Todd D. Hunter, Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others . 2009: IVP Press. Author’s website: 3isenough.org. At first I think I had Todd Hunter mixed up with Joel Hunter of Florida, but Todd Hunter is a native Californian, to which I am partial, now setting up an Anglican AMIA church that […]

My Long Awaited Healthcare Post (In the Form of a Book Notice) January 12, 2010 2 Comments

T. R. Reid, The Healing of America:  a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care.  New York:  The Penguin Press, 2009. T. R. Reid is a correspondent for the Washington Post and a commentator on National Public Radio.  One of his other books is The United States of Europe.  In this work, The […]

I Do Not Have to, and I Will Not, Choose Between Being “Morally Superior” and Being A “Robber” November 18, 2009 No Comments

I enjoyed Jonathan Chait’s review of two books about Ayn Rand’s world in a recent New Republic. I have not actually read the books reviewed, but I, and members of my family, have been at various times exposed to and fascinated by Ayn Rand, from her first novel, We the Living, which is possibly her […]