Gods and Monsters, Bookforum, Feb/Mar 2012, a review of the British (and Manhattan New School) philosopher Simon Critchley’s Faith of the Faithless: Experiments on Political Theology, with some observations about Manhattan’s downtown, gauchiste left.
‘I, Barack Hussein Obama, Do Solemnly Swear,’ TPM, January 20, 2009. This little essay, which ran also in the Yale Daily News, in the Italy-based Reset: Dialogues on Civilizations website, and elsewhere, had an interesting reception, as here in Daily Kos and by the neo-conservative Obama-basher Daniel Pipes.
American Brethren: Hebrews, Puritans, and Civic-Republicanism. World Affairs Journal, Fall, 2009. (In some respects, this essay is my revision of — and rebuttal to — David Gelernter’s fatuous Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion, which I reviewed two years earlier in The Boston Globe)
Faith and Social Justice, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Nov. 16, 2003, Review of historian David Chappell’s book, A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow, which shows the ways in which the civil-rights movement, often at its best, was anything but “liberal”.
What the Next 24 Hours in Tehran Will Tell, TPM, June 26, 2009 (On the character of the massive protests about fraudulent elections).
Religion in Politics: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It, TPM, March 26, 2010.
Why Niebuhr Now? Bookforum, Summer, 2011. Review of John Patrick Diggins’ posthumous book of that title, on the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s continuing resonance in American thinking. Here I suggest that some of the public intellectuals who’ve professed great admiration for Neibhur have invoked him a bit too conveniently.