Nathanael Blake

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has focused on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre and Russell Kirk. He is currently working on a study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s anti-rationalism. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

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Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has focused on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre and Russell Kirk. He is currently working on a study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s anti-rationalism. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

Dr. Blake grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and received an undergraduate degree in microbiology with a chemistry minor from Oregon State University. After working as a writer and editor in the pro-life movement, he enrolled in graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, earning a doctorate in political theory. His dissertation was titled: “Natural Law and History: The Use and Abuse of Practical Reason.” Blake was a Richard M. Weaver Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and served as an adjunct professor of American Government at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Blake is a Senior Contributor to The Federalist, where he has published over 150 pieces since 2017. His work has been published in a variety of publications, including Public DiscourseThe Catholic World Report, and National Review.

An evangelical Christian, Blake helps lead worship at his church—he particularly enjoys playing old hymns on double bass.

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Stranger Things 4: Back on Track, But Near the End of the Line

Nathanael Blake

Without the relational tensions so essential to the first Season, the popular Netflix show will lose its heart, as those tensions can only be extended so long before it all feels contrived.

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The Catholic World Report / July 27, 2022

Without Roe, The Pro-Abortion Crowd Can’t Avoid Defending The Indefensible

Nathanael Blake

Under Roe, Democrats could let the courts do most of the dirty work. Now that they don’t have that shield, they are struggling.

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The Federalist / July 20, 2022

Chagall Guevara Is Back After 30 Years With Two Rocking New Albums

Nathanael Blake

Chagall Guevara is finally back. I missed them the first time around because I was too young to notice, let…

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The Federalist / July 14, 2022

Neither an Ahmarist Nor a Frenchman Be

Nathanael Blake

Instead of celebrating the recent monumental pro-life victory, David French and Sohrab Ahmari are using the Dobbs decision as a chance to lay into perceived enemies on the Right.

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The Catholic World Report / July 14, 2022

Dear Prolifers: Your Labor Was Not In Vain

Nathanael Blake

The national regime of abortion on demand imposed by Roe v. Wade is over, thanks as much to the humble and unheralded as to the powerful and connected.

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The Federalist / June 28, 2022

The More Americans Decide The System Is Rigged, The More They Will Silently Rebel

Nathanael Blake

What happens when the people who have been the backbone of America realize the system is rigged against them and stop supporting it?

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The Federalist / June 21, 2022

The Left Has Chosen To Prioritize Sex Over Solidarity, With Tragic Consequences

Nathanael Blake

The left’s abandonment of the working class is epitomized by a plan to take school lunches away from the poor in order to push an LGBT agenda.

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The Federalist / June 13, 2022

Scared About Gun Violence? Vote Republican, Get A Gun, And Prepare For Self-Defense

Nathanael Blake

The more the left encourages crime and social disintegration, the more the rest of us must prepare to defend ourselves and our families.

The Federalist / June 6, 2022

Biden’s Trans Policies Are Putting Men In Women’s Prisons And Kicking Christians Out Of Law…

Nathanael Blake

A lot of good cops are going to be pushed out over this, but at least criminals will be referred to by their preferred pronouns.

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The Federalist / June 2, 2022

Fear and trembling, as well as comfort, in reading the words of Jesus

Nathanael Blake

The Jesus of the Bible is not a laid-back dude saying, “You do you, man.” Rather, He tells us that we are in danger of Hell and insists that we follow Him to be saved.

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Catholic World Report / June 2, 2022

Why Mothers Have A Duty To Nourish Any Children Inside Their Wombs

Nathanael Blake

The flaws of an old hypothetical also illuminate the weakness of contemporary arguments for abortion grounded on claims of bodily autonomy.

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The Federalist / May 23, 2022

What’s Inside Abortion Supporters’ Illogical Resentment Against ‘Forced Birth’

Nathanael Blake

Liberal complaints about ‘forced birth’ demonstrate an anti-human ideology that poisons the self-giving of love.

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the Federalist / May 10, 2022