Author Archives: Alan Jacobs

About Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography.

Murder in Paradise

Mysteries like Inspector Morse remind us of lost Eden.

My Carefully Considered Views on the Upcoming Presidential Election

In which I reveal whether I, like the leadership of the GOP, will be voting for Donald Trump.

Co-Living, Extended Families, and Hidden Persuaders

Why “co-living” is seen as pretty cool — but living with one’s extended family impossible.

Hollywood and Cultural Appropriation

How can we tell the difference between bad “cultural appropriation” and the kind that’s intrinsic to culture itself?

Charity for Francis!

On the very conservative, and very Catholic, principles underlying Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation.

Roger Scruton vs. the New Left

They just don’t make leftists like they used to.

Thinking about Transgenderism

Though there is no actual debate about transgender people, there is action — legal action — and more to come.

The Outgroup and Its Errors

On the increasingly open discrimination against fellow citizens who hold the wrong views.

After Trump, Revisited

How the existing GOP leadership may yet emerge unscathed.

Dialogue on Democracy, Part Eleven

In which an unexpected voice from the past makes itself heard.

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 10

On broken communities, Econs, and Humans.

Naming the Dead

Attending to the victims of violence.

Academic Prejudice Against Conservatives, Revisited

Is the academy prejudiced against conservatives? That depends on what you mean by “the academy.”

Conservatives in the Academy: It Could Be Worse!

Are conditions for conservatives in the academy better than most conservatives believe?

A Guide to the Dialogue on Democracy

What’s this dialogue all about, anyway? And which one are you?

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 9

Is distributism without nostalgia possible?

The GOP After Trump

Will the party’s big donors buy the argument that the Donald is a black swan?

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 8

What happens to democracy if we can’t overcome our cognitive biases?

Justice Jackson, Consistency, and Discipline

Is Justice Robert Jackson really a good model for today’s SCOTUS justices?

How to Deal with Skeptical Students Without Being a Jerk

The anti-religious professor had a point — but didn’t have to treat his religious students with contempt.

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