From Ethika Politika, our friends, and around the web. Compiled by David Mills.


Through music, poetry, and the arts, Václav Havel and the other Czech dissidents kept living a humane life even under Communist oppression. As Christians become a dissident minority for our views on marriage, we can learn much from their heroic lives, explains Mattias Caro in Learning From Havel. But what they teach is ambiguous.

From Ethika Politika

No Room for Gender in Theology of the Body. You do not have a "gender identity" unrelated to your body, argues Deacon Jim Russell, but need to discover your personhood in and through the body you have.

Universal States of Enthusiasm. We do not agree about everything, writes Sam Rocha, but we get enthusiastic about the same things. That means for many people there's nothing better than a catastrophe.

Taking New Atheism Down by Design. The New Atheist "who created God?" arguments fail, argues Michael Bradley, reviewing Michael Augros's Who Designed the Designer? They don't understand first causes.

Summer Reading

Lists of recommended books from:

Peter Augustine Lawler

Audra Nakas

Thomas Storck

Leah Libresco

From Our Writers, Editors, and Friends

B.D. McClay's The Queen of American Gothic from The New Republic. (Warning: Contains spoilers.)

David Mills' Crunchy Granola Catholics from Aleteia.

His Pope Francis and the Communist Crucifix from The Stream.

Deacon Jim Russell's Poor, Pure St. Maria Goretti from Catholic Vote.

Rachel Lu's Elitists Spin Love to Mean 'Whatever' Works for You from the National Catholic Register.

From the Archives

John Medaille's RINOs and CINOs: The Cult of Mammon and the Future of America.

Aaron Taylor's Illiberal Catholicism, the Moral Self, and the Political Community.

Other Articles on Our Concerns

Jeffrey Bilbro's Puritans and the Pope: The Conflicted Christian History of American Ecological Ethics from Front Porch Republic.

Jeffrey Mirus's On Knocking the Popes for Socialism from Catholic Culture.

Kevin M. Kruse's The King's Chapel and the King's Court: Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, and the White House Church Services from Religion & Politics.

Dominic Legge's Why Gay Marriage is Not Like Divorce from First Things.

Aristotelos Originos's Social Justice Bullies from Medium.