Ralph Hancock is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University and president of the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs. His views are his own.

‘Pantheism’ is Tocqueville’s name for the condition in which democracy becomes its own God.
The vocation of the knower is transformed by the incentives that drive the world’s material transformation; the scientist takes his place among the elites of society, with a legitimate expectation of sharing in the rewards of productivity and the privileges of status.
Our patriotism may sometimes half-conceal our Christian humanism. But it half-discloses it, too.
The reason conservatives now disagree bitterly about the meaning of conservatism is that, alas, it is not clear just what is left to conserve of the morally and religiously grounded and limited freedom that once defined America.
Searching with only the mind may find out God, but only as a vague general principle. Truly finding salvation requires God’s infinite love.
At a time in our national life when everyone can see that the virtue of civility is in alarmingly short supply, no one makes a better case for this virtue than American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks.
Modern educational theory is eager to press the distinction between the learning of mere “facts” and a more glorious initiation in the power of “critical thinking.”
Few were surprised to learn last week that Sen. Mitt Romney (still) has concerns about President Donald Trump’s character.
The true love we celebrate at Christmas is a revelation of Christianity. But it is not just for Christians: it is offered to all mankind and speaks to the soul of every human being.
The fundamental issue of our times came noisily to the surface in Paris on Sunday. No light was shed on it, but at least it made an appearance: the question of “nationalism” vs. “globalism.”
It is amusing to witness the liberal hand-wringing over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Everything has become political because we have succumbed to the illusion that politics can overcome all limitations and, yes, all inequalities of the human condition.
In the sexual as well as in the political arena, the policy of consent leads inevitably to the question, what counts as consent?
We have traded constitutional self-government under “the laws of nature and nature’s God” for the promise of ever-expanding rights under a “living” (that is, plastic) Constitution.
The study of Karl Marx should indeed be considered essential to modern Western intellectual history. That doesn’t mean his ideas were right.
We have no right to demand charity of other people, or to determine the reasonable limits of another country’s openness to immigration.
Our progressive elites are an anti-aristocratic aristocracy. That is, their authority is based not on the claim to some virtue or some truth, but on their denial that there is any such thing.
Any feminism that cannot embrace the nurturing of civilized differences between men and women remains a radical feminism, whether it knows it or not.
It may seem inappropriate, if not obscene, to mention President Donald Trump in the same column with Thomas S. Monson. Their characters are as unlike as can be imagined.
Suddenly, everyone now passionately agrees (or professes to agree) that men as a class are at least potential sexual aggressors, and that women as a class are innocent victims. Some important truths are missing from this picture.
Who rules in a democracy? The word itself is of course supposed to answer the question: democracy is the rule of the people. But who counts as “the people”?
Have you noticed how often we use the practically equivalent words “morality” and “ethics” to reinforce each other? The formula is a little puzzling as well as amusing, since it’s far from clear what one term adds to the othe
Secular progressives who don the mask of neutral rationality in order to marginalize those they disagree with are the most dangerous dogmatists because they cannot see that they worship their own secular gods.