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My video clip of the week, perhaps the year, is this one of Vincent Stewart, a/k/a/ Reverend X, preaching God’s Word. The whole thing is 13 minutes, but here’s a flavor: (1m26s, responding to a phone-in caller): Repeat it after me, bitch. I come in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy... Read More
Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England, by Roger Scruton
Thus Rev. Thwackum, the schoolmaster in Tom Jones. That was the 1730s, or about halfway through Roger Scruton's Our Church. The Rev. Thwackum is drawn satirically, but his smugness was well justified. The religious passions of the previous century had subsided or been pushed off to inconsequential border territories in Ireland and the North American... Read More
Religion of Peace? — Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, by Robert Spencer
A friend of mine who had a thoroughly Roman Catholic education at the hands of the Christian Brothers tells me that the religious component of that education consisted largely of memorizing arguments with which to confound atheists, agnostics, and Protestants. Robert Spencer is not, strictly speaking, a Roman Catholic, though I believe his church is... Read More
Back in 1940 the publicly-funded City College of New York offered a professorship to the English philosopher, free-thinker and atheist Bertrand Russell. When news of the appointment got out, prominent local clergymen objected on the grounds that as a "propagandist against religion and morality" Russell would corrupt the youth of the city. (A charge very... Read More
Immanentizing the eschaton.
Heresy? What's that all about? Oh, boy, old Derb has really gone off the deep end now! Not really. I understand of course that "heresy" is not a word bandied about much in the public square nowadays. It's not one I have much use for myself. Scanning my shelves, I see only one book on... Read More
John Derbyshire
About John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at