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Heretic-Hunting In Context

But on the back cover of the 2012 hardback edition of Ross Douthat’s book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics:

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Hmmm. Talking about heresy and heretics is good, unless the spotlight turns on one’s own favored parties, in which case it is a grave matter requiring remonstration with the formerly approved heretic-discusser’s employer. Why was Ross Douthat considered by Fr. Martin qualified (“thoughtful, articulate … with an impressive command of both history and contemporary social trends”) to write about heresy in 2012, but not in 2015. What changed?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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