The new science of interrogation is not, in fact, so new at all: “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation” and “waterboarding” all spring directly from the practices of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The distance, in both technique and ideology, between the Inquisition’s interrogation regime and 21st-century America’s is uncomfortably short—and provides a chilling harbinger of what can happen when moral certainty gets yoked to the machinery of torture.
In the footsteps of the last Roman emperor
Highlights of a “Fall of Rome Tour”
Hadrian's Wall, which demarked Roman Britain's northern boundary, still marches across the rugged landscape—and through the mists of time
An unauthorized preview, with never-before -seen drawings of the interior
Behavior modification gets down to business
Huey Long's aspiration—"Every man a king!"—is at last within our grasp
Some say that liberals and conservatives need to build bridges of understanding. Drawbridges might be better
The art of the unreal
The impulse behind everything
Old science doesn't die ...
Coping with the sixteenth minute
Updating Philon of Byzantium's famous list
It's starting to look like 1536 all over again
If the first presidential primary were held in the "most representative" state, which one would that be?
If the Bible were being compiled for the first time right now, what would we put in it? Making the case for a NEW New Revised Standard Version
Get a life—at your own risk
When our standards don't live up to our standards
Godless Americans launch a semantic crusade
Why the Middle Ages are something we can still look forward to