April's edition includes yet another liberal offering by Florence King (her review of The Man Who WouldNot Shut Up).HowcanIsay such a thing? Well, because I came to conservatism fairly late, someone's LRC ("Legendary Reputation as Conservative") just doesn't do much for me. All I know is what I encounter on the page. And what s on those pages? Liberalism! When I read Florence's reviews, I feel like I've briefly stepped outside the pages of the Spectator into the Nation. What the...???
Roger Scruton missed the opportunity to deliver a killing blow to Richard Dawkins's latest silliness. Scruton ended his otherwise decent piece ("The Dream of the Meme," TAS, April 2007) with the flaccid suggestion that the method for choosing a religion is beyond the purview of science. Hogwash. St Paul, in I Corinthians 15:12-17, makes the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ the central question to be settled in determining the truth claims of the Christian faith, noting that "[i]f Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."
Such truth claims must be investigated scientifically and when the New Testament documents are subjected to standard tests for reliability, they fare quite well, thank you, avoiding Scruton's "hidden slopes of Mount Improbable." Let's not allow Dawkins (or Scruton!) to create a special realm for claims about religious truth. These claims can be examined by the same methods reserved for other subjects of inquiry- such as the existence of memes.
The absolutely superb article by Fouad Ajami in your April issue ("Liberty for Strangers: American Power and the Predicament of the Arabs") draws accurate parallels between the tasks of President George W. Bush and President Woodrow Wilson The fact is not proffered that President Wilson's heart and health were broken when his whistle stop train campaign across the country did nothing to advance his beloved League of Nations legislation in the Congress. …