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24 April 2012

Doubting Douthat

I'm still trying to wrap my head around Ross Douthat's argument that institutional decline is "heresy." Some of what I hear him saying seems reasonable, but then he follows that up with non sequiturs. I suppose I should just read his book, but I have the feeling it would be like arguing with an overconfident and ill-informed undergraduate.


  1. Religious historians have been tearing his presentation of the history of religion in America apart. I have little confidence in any of his book.

  2. Sociologists of religion have been tearing him apart, too, but I suspect that few of them have read the book. That said, from what I've heard him say in interviews like the one I link to above, I have little confidence as well.