Brian Saint-Paul

Welcome to Weimar America

Arthur Koestler is most famous for his Darkness at Noon, a book written in 1939 whose subject was the Stalin show trials of the thirties, when the Dictatorship of the Proletariat was exposed as the tyranny of a very bad man. Koestler wrote many other books, however, and one that I just read, Arrow in [...]

The Road Ahead for Crisis

To our readers: These are exciting yet challenging times at Crisis. When we hung out our “Gone Fishing” sign back in late July -- without indicating a firm date when we would return -- some faithful readers wondered if there were changes in the works behind the scenes. And, indeed, in the months since our vacation, [...]

Opposing Abortion With Reason Alone

Long before I became a Catholic at age 34, I opposed abortion.  I came to this position on the basis of reason alone -- as an Evangelical I had not been schooled on this issue.  Evangelicals, by the way, did not start their anti-abortion activism until the 80s, taking over leadership from Catholics like Dr. [...]

Catholicism and Distance Education: A Conversation with Mark Giszczak

With the rapid advance of technology, education is in the midst of a transition between the traditional classroom model and newer, online-based methods. InsideCatholic editor Brian Saint-Paul spoke with Mark Giszczak of the Augustine Institute about Catholicism, distance learning, and the future of theological instruction. Is the age of the university nearing its end? ♦ [...]

When Islam Abandoned Reason: A Conversation with Robert R. Reilly

What happened to Islamic civilization? How did we get from Avicenna and Cordoba to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda? In his new book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, Robert R. Reilly traces the problem back to a thousand-year-old theological debate over reason and the nature of [...]

Animal Protection or Animal Rights? A Conversation with Brian Saint-Paul

Christians have the obligation to be stewards over all of creation, including the beasts. Unfortunately, those who are currently promoting the "rights" of animals are, intentionally or otherwise, undermining their own -- and our -- human dignity. To put the problem in a nutshell, "The more we treat animals like humans, the easier it will [...]

Foreign Policy, Then and Now: A Conversation with Thomas Woods, Jr.

Brian Saint-Paul speaks with Dr. Thomas Woods Jr. about isolationism, non-interventionism, the foreign policy of the Founders, and how we got where we are today. ♦ ♦ ♦ Brian Saint-Paul: In the realm of foreign policy, what's the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism? The terms are often used interchangeably -- and incorrectly -- in the [...]

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