What we must learn from the tragic case of Charlie Gard

First published on The Spectator’s Coffee House blog, 2nd August 2017   I teach bioethics, and the abiding temptation is always to design classes around rare, fiendishly complex cases. That’s how you grab the attention of bored undergraduates; the fodder you...

In defence of offence

First published on The Spectator’s Coffee House blog on 20th July 2017 On Tuesday the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced a crackdown on gender stereotyping. Adverts suggesting men are useless around the house – racing out of the door, leaving the...

A Christian Movie that Embarrasses Christianity

First published in The Hedgehog Review, September 2nd, 2016 The new Ben-Hur is bad. As scathing reviews have noted, this implausible remake is treacly, pietistic and rushed. Replete with gooey flashbacks and clunky transitions, it begins with the famous chariot race,...

What’s Pro-Life About an AR-15?

First published by The American Conservative, March 3, 2016 I’d only been in the U.S. for about six months when it arrived in the mail, slipping out of the Kroger coupons. I unfolded the full-page advert to find a series of amazing offers, but the one that really...