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Ross Douthat
New York Times columnist, The Argument co-host, National Review film critic, author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.
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Michael Brendan Dougherty Jun 21
An age of wonders. A moral and spiritual reprobate articulates a classical Augustinian just war argument. And conservative Christians hate it.
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Ross Douthat Jun 20
This week's episode of The Argument has debating all of us on Iran, and a foray into the great David-Frenchism controversy:
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Ross Douthat Jun 19
Replying to @DouthatNYT
But a campaign message of "I'll throw over my long-held convictions if Alyssa Milano and my staff demand it, but don't you dare finger-wag at me about my nostalgia for making deals with segregationists" doesn't speak particularly well of the candidate offering it.
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Ross Douthat Jun 19
Replying to @DouthatNYT
This is not entirely crazy; there are presumably more than a few moderate voters who like the Uncle Joe persona, don't like liberal scolds, and don't really care about the Hyde Amendment one way or the other.
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Ross Douthat Jun 19
So basically the Biden approach to his out-of-step-with-the-base dilemma is to abandon long-held and popular positions on substance, while doubling down on his "there goes Uncle Joe again" personal style.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
When Catholicism is reduced to an extremist theonomic cult hiding in the hills, you can write "Growing Up Integralist: The Jane Coaston Story."
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
And you don't want to overstate the intelligentsia's role in anything, as against the Falwells -- but since First Things is in the thick of current debates, its founders really were pro-civil rights Catholics and conservative Mainliners reacting against abortion etc.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
And school prayer and sex ed are huge evangelical catalysts (less so the former for Catholics, for obvious reasons) in a way that gets diminished in contemporary accounts bc both issues have receded.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
He basically says that some prominent white-evangelical pastors/schoolrunners were upset about the school rulings (true) and mobilized against them, but for the religious right to become a major force in national politics it took ... abortion.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
Yeah, I'm familiar with that thesis, and I think even that Balmer piece is somewhat self-undercutting.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
And you can make a plausible case that religious conservatism's defeats in the culture war have been accelerated by the general inability to unite with its non-white co-religionists in cultural or political action.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @cjane87
I think I'd dispute that the "religious right" as a (complicated) movement born in the '70s was created around racial exclusion, but certainly many of its institutions had a racially-exclusionary history, and a terrible-to-mediocre record on civil rights.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @michaelbd @herandrews
Technically Mayor Pete is a convert to the Mainline; baptized Catholic, descended from Maltese immigrants, etc.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
I think has some good tweets on its use of data, but generally a case that "we don't need relationships because we're picky and really, really good at masturbation" is fully compatible with an Ozymandian destination for the species.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
Replying to @jbouie @AdamSerwer
Thanks, Jamelle.
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Ross Douthat Jun 18
And on the pedestal, these words appear: We’re the most experimental, enlightened, and sexually fulfilled generation yet! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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Ross Douthat Jun 17
Replying to @DouthatNYT
In all seriousness Cusack has clearly been in some good movies but as an actor he's mostly affect and his filmography is a lot worse than you think.
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Ross Douthat Jun 17
Replying to @DouthatNYT
I see your ratio, and I will concede that "Con Air" is okay.
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Ross Douthat Jun 17
John Cusack's movies are also bad.
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Chateaubriand ن Jun 17
German theologians are now tirelessly preparing a list of similarities between the Amazon and the Rhine.
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