Joshua Bowman

March 13, 2015
Magic Carpet by Viktor Vasnetsov, c. 1919

A Brave New World

Justice Kennedy and Ted Olson take a jurisprudential magic carpet ride: (Olson) You can rewrite the law Same-sex marriage and thruples! Tell me, Justice, now when […]
January 19, 2015

All God’s Children

Today we honor the memory of one of the great figures in the struggle for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have seen so […]
January 16, 2015
Pope Francis visiting a Buddhist temple (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

The Call to Prayer, Pluralism, Provocations, and the Pope’s Punch

Religious freedom is a basic human right. This is not terribly controversial by itself, but when we come to the details, things can get messy. At […]
January 9, 2015
Saint Thomas Aquinas with Aristotle and Plato, Triumphant over Averroës by Benozzo Gozzoli, c. 1460-1480

Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, Faith, and Reason

A famous Frenchman once said, “It is dangerous to be right when men of power are wrong.” This is why free speech matters. Even though Charlie […]
January 1, 2015
Isaac Asimov

Five Calendar Systems That Never Caught On

This New Year’s Day, the whole world, whether they realize it or not, celebrates the beginning of the two-thousand fifteenth Anno Domini based on the calculations […]
December 29, 2014
Doppelgängen

The Media Antipope Strikes Again

The Catholic Church today has two popes. In itself, this is not without precedent. There have been numerous antipopes throughout history, most infamously at the end […]
October 29, 2014
Vanitas by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1671

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of […]
October 24, 2014
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Raphael, 1515

Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, […]
October 17, 2014
Amputation being performed in a hospital tent, Gettysburg, July 1863

Lord, Have Mercy

In the Synod on the Family, there is a lot of discussion about mercy. As Pope Francis said a year ago, the Catholic Church is a […]