Patrick J. Deneen




Stories by Patrick J. Deneen

Nine Eleven

UNORTHODOXY Patrick J. Deneen September 11, 2001, we are frequently told, is the day that “changed everything.” For the 3,000 … Continued

Who owns civility?

Unorthodoxy Patrick J. Deneen In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, a chorus of voices – mainly, … Continued

Is a society required to grant its artists the right to offend?

Unorthodoxy Patrick J. Deneen Is a society required to grant its artists the right to offend? In a liberal democracy, … Continued

O Holy Night

UnorthodoxyPatrick J. Deneen Despite conservative disapproval of the greeting “Happy Holidays,” as a Christian I take no offense at the … Continued

End of the Culture War?

UnorthodoxyPatrick J. Deneen In his most recent column in the New York Times, Ross Douthat argues that the longstanding narrative … Continued

Red Tories and tea parties

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen On the evening of Thursday, March 18, and much of the following Friday afternoon, there … Continued

God of Earthquakes and Uncertainty

How does modern theodicy bridge the gap between good and evil, especially in the wake of natural disasters and scientific uncertainty?

Religious, not spiritual

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Numbers reported recently by Charles M. Blow of the New York Times confirm what I … Continued

Secular radicals

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen As ever, stories of the demise of religion (most recently, according to E.J. Dionne, because … Continued

Moralism without morality

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen A recent post on this site raises some serious issues, and I think reveals a … Continued

It’s a Wonderful Subdivision

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” portrays the decent life of a small-town American, George … Continued

How a culture dies

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Not long ago I had the privilege to visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolumbino … Continued

Giving thanks for enough

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Thursday we commemorate the sacrifices and hardships of our forbears, and that first Thanksgiving feast … Continued

God, Notre Dame, Country

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending a conference at the … Continued

Social injustice

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen On many of today’s contemporary college campuses, there are sponsored programs and organizations that seek … Continued

Birth control and human ecology

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen In a recent edition of Georgetown’s student newspaper, the Hoya, a graduate student in my … Continued

Benedict the Radical

UNORTHODOXY By Patrick J. Deneen Recent commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to Anglicans to enter the Catholic fold has … Continued

Liberal intolerance of religious diversity

UNORTHODOXY by Patrick J. Deneen Earlier this month, Georgetown’s student newspaper, the Hoya, published an editorial excoriating The Catholic University … Continued

Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy

UNORTHODOXY By Patrick J. Deneen Of late there has been a bonanza of high-profile sexual scandals. At least two of … Continued