America’s post-Christian future

Here are some generally agreed-upon facts about religious trends in the United States. Institutional Christianity has weakened drastically since the 1960s. Lots of people who once would have been...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

The midterms deliver a huge American stalemate

For once, it all happened more or less as we foresaw – and by “we” I mean risk-averse political commentators who hugged the polling averages and projections tight while resisting both Beto-mania...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Elizabeth Warren plays Trump’s game – and loses

A lot of smart people believe that Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2020. So when she released a video featuring her Oklahoman...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Lucifer seems to have a lot to work with in Church

The pontificate of Pope Francis and the presidency of Donald Trump have been odd mirrors of one another for a while – populist leaders, institutional crises, norm violations, #metoo scandals, leaks...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Only the truth can save us now. Let’s try to find it.

The day before Thursday’s endless, grueling, moving, infuriating hearings, which mostly provided an exhibit in the case for the dissolution of our Senate, I argued that we would all probably have...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Douthat: Will Democrats own the Asian-American vote?

This past week, the Trump Justice Department threw its weight behind a high-profile lawsuit against Harvard University, in which a group of Asian-American plaintiffs claim – with a great deal of...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Douthat: The white-voter strategy that actually worked

In the aftermath of the 2012 election, when just about everyone assumed Mitt Romney lost because he didn’t win enough Hispanic votes, election analyst Sean Trende produced a dissenting take. A...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Douthat: The sick, sad truth about Cardinal McCarrick

One of the best things the bishops of the American Catholic Church did during the great wave of sex abuse revelations 16 years ago – and yes, there’s a low bar for “best” – was to establish a...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Douthat: Choose the lesser cruelty on immigration

Let’s start with the easy part. The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, delivering them into a bureaucratic labyrinth while their fathers and mothers await...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Douthat: Why not Mike Pence?

A few days ago, which is to say an eternity in our Trump-dilated time, there was a story on NPR about anxious evangelicals’ seeking a meeting with the president. The subject of their agita, not...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

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