Bradley Birzer's Blog

Bradley Birzer's Blog

How Livy Predicted the Fall of America

How Livy Predicted the Fall of America

If Americans of the twenty-first century remember Livy at all, it is for his description of the tale of Cincinnatus, a republican dictator, and a republican freeholder who threw his sword down in disgust, picked up his plough, and departed for the farm.

Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is Free Will an Illusion?

The scholarship dealing with free will is outrageously messy. 

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

America's Founding Fathers got a lot right, but they made some mistakes along the way.

Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

'I came away...not only repulsed by her but actually questioning the very judgment and goodness of C.S. Lewis.'

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

It rested in the idea that God makes nothing in vain, and that Grace perfects fallen nature.

Death By Government: The Primary Fact of the 20th Century

Death By Government: The Primary Fact of the 20th Century

The late R.J. Rummel,a political science professor at the University of Hawaii, revealed a disconcerting truth: Four times the number of persons were murdered by their governments than killed in warfare from 1914 to 1991.​

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

The genre was sneered at for years by those who viewed it as "low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic." 

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature.

The Dystopia of Orwell’s “1984”

The Dystopia of Orwell’s “1984”

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

Mayflower Compact or Plymouth Combination?

Mayflower Compact or Plymouth Combination?

Overall, the Pilgrims gave only a few things to America—notably, the feast of Thanksgiving and the Plymouth Combination. But, what a contribution.