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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Yes, Abortion And Transgenderism Do Have Lots In Common

Nathanael Blake

Abortion and transgender ideology are indeed connected, for they are two fronts in our culture’s war of liberation against our bodies.

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The Federalist / October 19, 2021

The Contradictions of Absolute Academic Freedom

Nathanael Blake

The official moral relativism of absolute academic freedom makes universities self-negating institutions. No wonder many student activists are eager to fashion and enforce new norms and taboos: they realize, however inchoately, that a community of inquiry and instruction must also be one of practice, and that the liberal university fails to integrate these elements.

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Public Discourse / October 13, 2021

Why The Left Hates The Generous Givers Who Keep America’s Lights On

Nathanael Blake

The local gentry has its flaws, but the rest of us have many reasons to prefer it to the ruling national elite.

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The Federalist / October 12, 2021

Social Conservatives Were Right About Sex, New York Times Columnist Admits

Nathanael Blake

After decades of tearing down manners and norms, self-proclaimed social progressives are now frantically trying to reconstitute some sense of public decency.

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The Federalist / September 29, 2021

The Long-Awaited End To Roe v. Wade Will Be Just The Beginning

Nathanael Blake

Just as we must continue the political and legal fight to protect innocent human life after Roe is gone, pro-lifers must continue to show that there is a better option than abortion’s culture of death.

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The Federalist / September 27, 2021

Yes, Pro-Lifers Should Cheer For Texas’s Winning New Unborn Protection Law

Nathanael Blake

Texas’s law will still be challenged in court, but abortion facilities in Texas may be closed or restricted during the legal battle.

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The Federalist / September 7, 2021

A Supreme Court That Capitulates On Roe V. Wade Will Unleash A Whirlwind

Nathanael Blake

Roe v. Wade is the leading example of the Supreme Court acting as an unelected super-legislature and imposing its will on the nation, and upholding Roe will only further delegitimize the court.

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The Federalist / August 30, 2021

Conservatism Doesn’t Mean Putting Whorehouses In Boys’ Pockets

Nathanael Blake

Conservatism is about preserving the true sources of human flourishing in this life — family, faith, and community — rather than tearing them down in the name of liberal ideology.

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The Federalist / August 26, 2021

Leftists Are Living In A Fantasy World While Burning The Real One To The Ground

Nathanael Blake

Adding extreme social leftism to the usual political greed and stupidity has been catastrophic, from the military to education to border security.

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The Federalist / August 19, 2021

Your ‘Fur-Babies’ Are Not A Good Or Healthy Replacement For Human Babies

Nathanael Blake

Replacing babies with pets stifles a person’s capacity to give and receive love, as it wrongly directs our greatest earthly affections toward ourselves.

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The Federalist / August 6, 2021

The Left Essentially Exists To Make Your Entire Life Worse

Nathanael Blake

Leftist ideologues are the nation’s scolds, afraid that someone, somewhere, is having fun in a way that offends the ever-shifting demands of diversity and inclusion.

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The Federalist / July 28, 2021

I Take My Non-Catholicism Seriously: Reflections on Not Receiving the Eucharist

Nathanael Blake

The point of the Catholic Church is to be the Catholic Church, and some of us appreciate that, even in disagreement. As for those who want Unitarian beliefs with Catholic ceremony, they are welcome to join the Episcopalians.

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The Catholic World Report / July 20, 2021