I am the author of several books on politics and religion, including most recently A Crown of Life: A Novel of the Great Persecution (Pontic Press, 2014) and Eight Ways to the Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right (Praeger, 2006). I am also a former Washington bureau chief of Investor’s Business Daily, a member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and a protodeacon of the Russian Orthodox Church.

This is my personal blog, and the views expressed here by me are mine alone. The blog will focus on political theory and Christian theology, with occasional comments on language and culture. Its purpose is to share publicly the best answers to life’s biggest questions I have been able to find or figure out.

I post once or twice a month. I don’t have opinions about everything, and many of the opinions I do have are not that interesting, so I will spare you those and post only the ideas I expect you will not hear elsewhere or think of on your own.


I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Loveland, Ohio. Following my childhood ambition to be both a soldier and a writer, I attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a bachelors degree in English literature and a commission in the United States Army.

I served seven years in the Army as an airborne infantry officer and counterintelligence agent. I left the Army in 1987 to become a journalist. My first book, on the integration of women into the American military, was published in 1989. An updated and expanded edition of this book was published in 1998.

From 2000 to 2007, I managed the Washington bureau of Investor’s Business Daily and wrote about foreign policy, national security, and national politics. Since then, I have worked as a speechwriter in Washington. My fourth book, Eight Ways to the Run the Country, was published by Praeger in 2006 and has been used to teach political theory at Yale University.

Over the years, I have appeared on many television and radio shows, including ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” NBC’s “Today,” and CNN’s “Larry King Live.” I have also been a guest speaker at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Connecticut, and the Catholic University of America.

Raised in the Church of Christ, I was received into the Orthodox Church in 1990 and was ordained a deacon in 2007. I have been very happily married for 30 years and have three grown children, all of whom are faithful Orthodox Christians.


This is my personal blog. The views expressed here by me are mine and not necessarily the views of any organization to which I am affiliated. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use. Readers are encouraged to read carefully and critically, always keeping in mind the source of what they read.

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