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 included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. 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 included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. 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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“False Flag” explains the radical, evil goals of queer politics

Nathanael Blake

Western society is being erased by the purposeful destabilization of the institution that creates society: the natural family.

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The Catholic World Report / June 30, 2024

Ticket to Oblivion?

George Weigel

“Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another.”

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Syndicated Column / June 19, 2024

IVF Is A Horrible Substitute For Real Reproductive Health

Nathanael Blake

A new bill would encourage treating the underlying health conditions that result in fertility problems, before pushing women into trying IVF.

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The Federalist / June 19, 2024

This Liberal Academic Wants Christians To Leave Politics To Leftists

Nathanael Blake

Lilla wants all Christians to give up and let self-admitted liberal failures like himself have their way in politics.

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The Federalist / June 17, 2024

The Way Forward for Pro-Lifers

Nathanael Blake

The law is a teacher, and so is social experience.

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Public Discourse / June 12, 2024

If Churches Are Really Pro-Marriage, They Will Discipline Its Destroyers

Nathanael Blake

We cannot allow unrepentant destroyers of marriages and families to reside in the body of Christ.

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The Federalist / June 5, 2024

The GOP’s Panic To ‘Protect IVF’ Plays Right Into Democrats’ Hands

Nathanael Blake

Running against Biden’s record as president is the easiest campaign platform ever, so why are Cruz, Britt, and others trying to run on IVF?

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The Federalist / May 28, 2024

Of memory and iPads

Nathanael Blake

A digital device is a poor memento mori.

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WORLD Opinions / May 15, 2024

Celebrities’ ‘Misery Chic’ Aesthetic Flows From Their Spiritual Poverty

Nathanael Blake

The cultural and spiritual wreckage around us makes clear that finding our true selves will not make us happy.

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The Federalist / May 8, 2024

Strangling For Sexual Sport Is Exactly The Kind Of Thing We Should ‘Kink-Shame’

Nathanael Blake

If sexual liberation can’t even provide good sex, then what possible reason is there to keep pursuing it?

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The Federalist / April 18, 2024

A model of courage in Scotland

Nathanael Blake

J.K. Rowling challenges an unjust gender law, and we must challenge its roots in the sexual revolution.

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WORLD Opinions / April 10, 2024

Pro-life persuasion and leadership

Nathanael Blake

Less than two years after the generational victory of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, the pro-life movement is facing generational catastrophe.

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The Catholic World Report / April 10, 2024