William Murchison

William Murchison is a corresponding editor of Chronicles and the author of The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (ISI) and Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity. William Murchison, syndicated columnist and longtime commentator on religious, cultural, and political affairs, has contributed to many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and First Things.

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  • What the Editors Are Reading: <em>Lanterns on the Levee</em>
    January 4, 2021

    What the Editors Are Reading: Lanterns on the Levee

    William Murchison reviews Lanterns on the Levee (1941) by William Alexander Percy

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  • What the Editors Are Reading: January 2021
    January 2021

    What the Editors Are Reading: January 2021

    Reviews of classic books, including William McNeill's 1963 expansive history The Rise of the West and William Alexander Percy's memoir of the American South, Lanterns on the Levee.

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  • What the Editors Are Reading
    September 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 (1987) by Eric Hobsbawm, and Essays in the Public Philosophy (1955) by Walter Lippmann.

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  • Ain't It the Truth?
    December 4, 2019

    Ain't It the Truth?

    The Anglican Church of Canada clutches its throat at the prospect of—Lord have mercy—shutting down its ministries and works 20 years from now. You know—putting up the "Closed" sign, the public demand for said ministries dwindling more with every passing year. So sharply have Anglican membership rolls declined since 2000 that, according to an internal study, naught but the buildings will remain in 2040.

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  • After the Great Orange Whale
    November 13, 2019

    After the Great Orange Whale

    "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"—a pretty flat declaration as reported by the Apostle Paul, leaving few gaps for politicians to fill at their own discretion. But you know politicians. Here we go with the impeachment hearings, an intended spectacle meant more as payback to President Donald Trump for winning the election than as a high-minded act of democratic reprobation.

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