Samuel D. James
Evangelical reflections on theology, books, technology, and society from Samuel D. James.
Created 11 Nov 2019
  • Negative Epistemology is Killing Conservatism
    23 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    When somebody says something you disagree with, the normal, psychologically healthy response is, “Hey I don’t agree with that, here’s why.” So why is it that when David French says something that some...
  • The Problem of Online Therapy Culture
    31 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 6 4
    Follow a train of thought with me. 1) Many people in the West today, possibly even a majority, suffer from stress, anxiety, and a general mental malaise. 1a) For a minority of these people, their symp...
  • Why Doesn't American Conservatism Have Anything Better to Do?
    28 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    Full disclosure: Dan Darling is a friend of mine. We were colleagues for a couple years. Dan has helped my career and my writing, and been nothing other than a helpful, kind person in my presence. I w...
  • My Latest for First Things
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    I’m running behind on newsletter content lately, thanks in part to (mild) illness that has run rampant in our home the last few weeks. Your forbearance is much appreciated. In the meantime, you might ...
  • Annotations: Vol. I
    21 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to a new special part of Insights called Annotations. This is a regular feature of the newsletter in which I round up some interesting things I’m reading—books and articles—and offer quick “an...
  • The Take Trap
    16 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 4 1
    With your indulgence, I’d like to coin a term that may be helpful in navigating the days of social media reactivity. Take trap. A take trap describes a combination of factors: an urgent item in the ne...
  • The Death of Reasonableness
    15 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 7 1
    Lately I find myself stuck between two opposite ends of thought: 1) The “expert” class is a morally compromised gang of elitist autocrats, and we are better off looking to populist sentiment for wisdo...
  • The "Rot" of Evangelicalism Doesn't Need Deconstruction. It Needs Church History.
    11 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 9 20
    Karen Swallow Prior is a friend, and someone I’ve been honored to know and correspond with for several years now. She also has a keen eye for seeing what other evangelicals can’t or won’t see. I’m ver...
  • Conservatives Are Letting Big Tech Win
    02 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 6 7
    image credit: Huzaifa abedeen Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Big Tech will almost certainly be a non-event, but it’s good politics. The suit will play well with his base and with conservatives general...
  • Career Advice for the Very Online
    31 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
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