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Machiavelli's Civil Religion

This review by Professor Cary Nederman of Professor Maurizio Viroli’s Redeeming the Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece is very interesting (h/t Matt Lister). I have not read Viroli’s book yet (saving it for the summer!), but his reading of Machiavelli–and in particular his interpretation of the famously perplexing Chapter 26 (“Exhortatio ad capessendam Italiam in liberatemque a barbaris vindicandam”)–makes a fine textualist case for a kind of civil religion in his work. 585 more words

Scholarship Roundup

A Follow-up to Yesterday's Civil Religion Post

There was something about yesterday’s post that felt unfinished. It’s bugged me ever since I hit the “publish” button. So I thought it was worth exploring a little more about what I’m thinking (besides, I have papers to grade and this is more fun). 519 more words

Just Plain Sociology

Off to the HBU Philosophy Conference

Looking forward to attending the fourth annual philosophy conference at Houston Baptist University tomorrow through Saturday. I have been enjoying this conference every year but the first one, and looking at the schedule of papers to be presented, I can see that the trend is going to continue. 207 more words

American Exceptionalism

Furman Bound

Headed to Furman University today to see some old friends and to enjoy a lecture by Wilfred McClay of the University of Oklahoma. His lecture is entitled… 110 more words


Evangelicalism's "Come to Jesus" Moment

I really didn’t think it was time to write this post. I’ve been working toward constructing my take on the future of evangelicalism in a postmodern society and am still reading material that frame those ideas. 1,303 more words


70s Rock and American Exceptionalism

I’m not old enough to remember rock from the mid-70s (OK, late 70s, yes). But I did love the Styx when I was a teenager in the 80s. 233 more words

American Exceptionalism