Christopher Derrick

Christopher Derrick's books include C.S. Lewis and the Church of Rome, Sex and Sacredness, and Words and the Word.

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Observations: Why I Don’t Believe in Christianity

Please don’t let my title mislead you: I most definitely do believe in Christ, and am in fact a Catholic. But “Christianity,” as the word is most commonly used today . . . is there any such thing? And if there is, does it make coherent sense? The skeptic can level certain fairly obvious accusations … Read more

The Cross and the Flag

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals,” said Chesterton. “The real American is all right: it is the ideal American who is all wrong.” Was that just another of his famous paradoxes? After all, ideals are usually held in high esteem, even while we regret people’s failure to live up to them in … Read more

We Won’t Because We Will: Moral Doublethink in the Nuclear Age

Of all the pleasures of the intellect, one of the very keenest — I admit that it’s a slightly perverse sort of pleasure — is that provided by the spectacle of a first-class lawyer arguing a manifestly bad case. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Michael Novak, therefore, for the delight I took in his … Read more

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