Jason Boffetti

Jason Boffetti has taught political philosophy, Catholic social thought, and American history and government at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in politics in 2003 from the Catholic University of America with a concentration in political philosophy. Boffetti has been a research fellow in education policy at the Faith and Reason Institute and he has worked for the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Policy Review magazine. He has published articles in First Things, Crisis Magazine, the Review of Politics, and the National Catholic Register. He has written on a range of topics including J. R. R. Tolkien

recent articles

The Gospel According to Cahill

Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus Thomas Cahill, Doubleday, 1999, 333 pages, $24.95   The Book of Revelation does not prophesy a plague of shoddy Gospel scholarship, but surely one has descended on us. Some works have been simply outrageous (Norman Mailer’s The Gospel According to the Son) and some … Read more

Tolkien’s Catholic Imagination

Even among fantasy devotees who recognize Tolkien as the father of the modern genre, few realize that Tolkien insisted that The Lord of the Rings is “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” This probably comes as a surprise to most Catholics as well.   Readers of The Lord of the Rings are unlikely to find … Read more

Tolkien’s Catholic Imagination

Great books have much to fear from blockbuster movies. And Peter Jackson’s new film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, set to be released in theaters next month, poses such a threat. Mesmerized by the cinematic eye-candy, the spin-off toys and games, and the fast-food tie-ins, fans who enter J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth … Read more

Why Catholic Schools Deserve a Public Break

There’s a whiff of triumphalism in the air at the National Education Association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Enemies of school-choice legislation believe they have their adversaries on the run. Discussions of a national voucher program were cut short early in the congressional budget battle this year, in part because voucher referenda in Michigan and California … Read more

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