Richard John Neuhaus Dead

January 8, 2009

Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, author of The Naked Public Square, is dead (Google News links).

I highly recommend Damon Linker‘s book The Theocons for anyone seeking to understand the importance of Neuhaus to the framing of issues that became important to conservative Christian voters over the course of the last two decades. Linker overstates his case, but he does a good job of describing Neuhaus’s transition from Sixties Lutheran socialist to Catholic priest, and his comments on how very little outside the Beltway matters inside the Beltway, except as argument-fodder are very helpful for understanding the relationship between values voters and the people they vote for.

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