Mary Eberstadt

Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt is an American author and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She also serves as consulting editor of Policy Review, the Hoover Institution’s bimonthly journal. Her work focuses on issues in American society, culture, and philosophy. Eberstadt graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Cornell University, where she was a four-year Telluride Scholar. In 2010, Eberstadt published her first work of fiction, The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism. She has also published Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (Ignatius Press, 2012) and most recently How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton Press, 2013).


Volume 119

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Guests on Volume 119: Mary Eberstadt, on how the decline of formation of natural families has made Christian belief less plausible and contributed to the secularization of Europe; Allan Bevere, on why the claim by “empire criticism” that the letter to the Colossians is a veiled repudiation of Roman imperial hubris is mistaken; Peter J. Leithart, on how the Bible evaluates empires in light of their relationship with the people of God; Steven Boyer, on why “mystery” is a necessary category in Christian theology; Karen Dieleman, on how different liturgical practices of Victorian congregationalism, Anglo-Catholicism, and Roman Catholicism influenced the poetry of Elizabeth Barret Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Proctor; and Peter Phillips, on the founding of The Tallis Scholars and the peculiar beauty of Renaissance polyphony.