Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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Dan is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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The Imitation of Christ: The Most Influential Book After the Bible

If someone asks you to name the all-time bestselling book, you’d most likely answer “The Bible.”   And you’d be right. According to Guinness World Records:   “Although it is impossible to obtain exact figures, there is...

Why We’re So Bored by the Internet

According to Vladimir Solovyov’s famous story “A Short Tale of the Antichrist,” the final component of the Antichrist’s plan for world domination was to establish universal entertainment:   “So the nations of the world, after they had...

How Christianity Created Secularism

I’m someone who holds an ongoing interest in the origins of secularism.   It’s a fascinating question to me: How did Christianity grow from a small, persecuted movement in Palestine to become the European cultural phenomenon known as “...

How Western Civilization Survived 'By the Skin of Its Teeth'

According to the 20th century theologian Georges Florovsky, Protestant historiography is one of “decay”. In the traditional Protestant view (by no means shared by all Protestants today), Christianity was in its purest form in its beginning stages...

Removing Analogies From the SAT Was a Bad Idea

When I was preparing for the SAT test in 1996, I had to test myself with several examples of analogies, such as the following question: Bandage: Blood :: a) Cable: Bridge   b) Cast: Injury   c) Fort: Army   d) Dam: River But...

Famous Atheist Wonders: Could We Become Cannibals in the Future?

If made more palatable, could cannibalism become a thing in the future? The world’s most famous atheist, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, raised this question in a tweet earlier this week. Dawkins’ tweet was prompted by an article in...

On Specialization and Psychotics

Aspiring writers are frequently told that they should “become an expert in one thing” if they hope to someday make it big. However, in our hyper-specialized modern society, the advice is fitting for just about any profession. The path to...

Christians Can Be ‘Secular’, Too

When most people hear the word “secular,” they associate it with those who either don’t believe in God or don’t attend church and pray on a regular basis. That’s one of the meanings of the term described by Charles Taylor in his monumental work A...

Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…

I have a Ph.D. in Theology. I’m happy I have the Ph.D., and it’s been useful to me both in my thinking and writing. But would I have gone on for a Ph.D. knowing what I do now? Probably not. Recently, my friend Dave Deavel published an op-ed in...

Is Western Civilization Committing Suicide?

In the past century there have been numerous thinkers who have outlined the signs of the decline of Western Civilization. We have mentioned many of them in articles for Intellectual Takeout: Richard Weaver, Georges Bernanos, Alasdair MacIntyre,...

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