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THINGS HIDDEN 47: Christ Beyond Metaphysics with Anthony Bartlett

In this brand new THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Anthony Bartlett who talks about his new book Theology Beyond Metaphysics. Why do we need a theology beyond metaphysics? How is the Christian Logos radically different from its Greek predecessor? Is the world capable of critiquing violence without Christianity? Why does the old […]

The Origin of the Hospital

While recognizing that the current global crisis is largely steeped in a divorce between medicine and ethics, it is important to step back and look at how the medical profession has evolved in history. What gave healthcare the universal appeal as we know today? Why is it that healthcare is looked at by many to […]

The State is the Religion of the Hidden Corpse

This classic essay was originally published at FEE.org on July 21, 2016. Have you ever attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new local business? Perhaps you’ve seen the corny shovel groundbreaking ritual of a new building. These events are usually rather innocuous affairs – filled with hopeful mom-and-pop dreamers, nervous glad-handing, cookies and wine and […]

THINGS HIDDEN 41: Mark Sunwall on the Kantian Origin of Our Present Chaos

In this special THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski sits down with Professor Mark Sunwall, an anthropologist and economist. Did Kantianism–the philosophical tradition passed down from Immanuel Kant–destroy western civilization? Did anthropogenic explanations for human institutions sow the seeds for our present state of chaos? Where did the postmodern theory of the social construct start from? […]

The Hypocritical Anti-Trump Outrage Mob

The following essay was originally published at WND.com on March 14, 2016. You know what’s worse than Trump’s crass language and love for the poorly educated? Highly educated fools cawing on about the relative respectability of the other Serious candidates – as if using divisive language was more uncivilized than the bombs and sanctions that […]

THINGS HIDDEN 39: Monica Paulus Escapes Literal Witch Burning

In this fascinating THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Monica Paulus, a native of Papua New Guinea who was accused of sorcery by her neighbors and family. Monica gives us a harrowing account of what it is like to be persecuted and hunted by a bloodthirsty mob. What are the reasons for these […]

Our Shocking Acceptance Of State Sanctioned Violence

This article originally appeared at The American Conservative on October 23, 2017. “Do you mean to tell me, that if there was a law against state attorneys using blue pens and you found incontrovertible evidence that I was using blue pens, you could not follow the law and render a guilty verdict based on the […]

Why All Good Social Justice Warriors Support Presumption of Innocence

This classic essay was originally published at Intellectual Takeout on October 11, 2018. I have a friend in Papua New Guinea named Monica Paulus who was accused of casting sorcery spells because a person died in her village. Her neighbors almost murdered her until she fled the region. Now she works to save other women falsely accused […]

The Voice of Abel Defeats the Media Machine

Do we need to conform to what the TV experts say and decide for us? What about the victims of these designated experts? “The voices of the victims will overcome the fragile mythmaking of our times,” David Gornoski says as he highlights the voices who are being shut down by a big pharma supporting media. […]

Beyond reason: What really motivates our choices

This essay was originally published at WND.com on February 25, 2016. A few years ago I used to write for WND under the pen name David Hanson. I derived the name in honor of my maternal great-great-great, etc. grandfather John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Besides being […]