Hunter Baker

Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is associate professor of political science and university fellow at Union University. He is an affiliate scholar with the Acton Institute and a fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Dr. Baker is the author of The End of Secularism,Political Thought: A Student's Guide, and The System Has a Soul.

Posts by Hunter Baker

Is Making Money Evil, Harry Reid?

I was listening to news radio and heard an update in which the senate majority leader Harry Reid gave his interpretation of events on the debt ceiling negotiation. The part that really got my attention was where he insisted that further committee work would go after those “millionaires and billionaires.” I wondered, “What is he really saying?” Let’s begin with millionaires and billionaires. Continue Reading...

Considering Atlas Shrugged on Film

This piece was originally written for the Breakpoint blog. Crossposted with their permission. Christians have a deep ambivalence about Ayn Rand that probably draws as deeply from the facts of her biography as from her famous novels. Continue Reading...

Entitlements Are Free!

While visiting my grandmother’s home for her 95th birthday a little evening television surfing brought us to House Hunters International. We observed with fascination as a couple living in New Orleans worked toward their move to the French countryside. Continue Reading...

A Response to ‘What Would Jesus Cut?’

Jim Wallis and a number of other Christians involved in politics are trying to gain attention for the question, “What would Jesus cut?” The answer to this question is supposed to be as obvious as it is in other moral contexts. Continue Reading...

Don’t Knock the Laffer Curve

Michael Kinsley has a column up at The Politico in which he claims to debunk a series of Reagan myths. The one that annoys me the most is the one that is obviously and clearly incorrect and at the same time gets the least explanation from Kinsley. Continue Reading...

Lott on Buckley, Revisited

John Couretas reminded me that I put up a short note about Jeremy Lott’s life of William F. Buckley, but never returned to give the overall review. Please forgive the oversight! Continue Reading...

Jeremy Lott’s Life of William Buckley

The Thomas Nelson company sent me AmSpec alumnus Jeremy Lott’s William F. Buckley. I will write a full review later, but I have just begun the book and can already tell that Lott is going to bring attention to some underappreciated territory. Continue Reading...

Politics for Christians

Francis Beckwith is back with another book. He has written Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. I’ve not yet had a chance to read it, but this may be the book people have been asking me for as a follow-up to The End of Secularism. Continue Reading...