Weekly Reading – November 7, 2014

I promise. There is nothing about the midterm elections below, though I’ve read very little online this week and thus have only a few suggestions on offer.

  • Anthony Esolen, “Who Will Rescue the Lost Sheep of the Lonely Revolution?,” Crisis – This needed to have been written long ago; now that it’s here, will any of our “merciful” prelates bother to read it? Even if they don’t, you should.
  • Lyle Denniston, “Sixth Circuit: Now, a Split on Same-Sex Marriage,” SCOTUSblog – Because nobody really wants to read a federal court opinion, it’s probably best to just consult an authoritative summary with some speculation mixed in to boot. Yesterday’s decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four states means the issue is on the fast-track to the Supreme Court. Given the tilt of things on the Court, that’s probably not good news, though this has been long predicted. As for this court’s opinion, it is a stroll through federalism and the democratic process; the court reaches the right outcome, albeit it for terrible reasons. Truth should not be put to a vote.
  • Andrew Koppelman, “Left-Evangelicalism and the Constitution,” Harvard Law Review Forum – This article is actually a review of John W. Compton’s recent work, The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution. Since I doubt very much that I will get around to read the book, I owe a debt of gratitude to Kopppelman for recounting the “meat” of the text. If there is anything to quibble with, it is Koppelman’s use of the idea of “the Left,” as if support for social policies which were not bound up with a high-charged conceptualization of property rights is exclusively a phenomenon of “the Left.”