Fred Hutchison column
Frederick J. Hutchison attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an undergraduate, and Cleveland State University to get his Master's degree in business. He was a CPA and MBA and worked as a technical expert in governmental auditing and accounting for the Ohio Auditor of State until he underwent surgery for a brain tumor in the winter of 1997, after which he was granted a disability pension that freed him to pursue his passions. This enabled him to pursue writing, politics, and the intellectual and spiritual treasures that were the joy of his heart. This was the beginning of a twelve-year period of authorship, which includes his first book titled The Stages of Sanctification.

Fred was a man of many interests and had a passion for intellectual exchange, the arts, culture, history, politics, and spiritual studies. He was a brilliant seeker of truth. He was a philosopher, historian, psychologist, student of classical literature, science buff, and political writer. He claimed to be a classic autodidact (self-taught) and polymath (student of many subjects), and he chased intellectual excitement for most of his life. He was designated as a "Christian Intellectual" by a Department of Philosophy of Talbot University program.

Fred was an author, mentor, speaker, counselor (to close friends), and witness to everyone who knew him. His passion was the restoration of Christian values in the United States, and he was a frequent contributor to RenewAmerica. His essays on the history of conservatism came out of a desire to see real, meaningful cultural and spiritual awakening in this country.

Fred's brain tumor recurred and he died at age 60 on August 10, 2010. He left behind a great treasure of wisdom, and a sterling example we can follow with confidence.


Retrospective: Obama is riding the whirlwind
Fred Hutchison
January 23, 2014

Originally published April 7, 2008 I have been writing a series of essays on the five kinds of conservatives, but only recently realized that there are also . . .


Roman politics and the birth and death of Christ
Fred Hutchison
December 27, 2013

Originally published December 21, 2006 Augustus Caesar's actions in Rome started a chain of events that governed the circumstances of Christ's birth in . . .


Can government 'create' gay rights?
Fred Hutchison
December 12, 2013

Originally published April 2, 2008 In consideration of a gay advocacy column by Ann Fisher, a gay rights bill in the legislature, and a public invitation . . .


The founding of the 20th century conservative movement: The restoration of traditionalism
Fred Hutchison
November 22, 2013

Originally published March 17, 2008 The birth of the conservative intellectual movement in the 1940's happened at about the same time that the nihilistic . . .


The one and the many versus multiculturalism
Fred Hutchison
October 31, 2013

Originally published March 11, 2008 In our journey through history, we have reached the culture war of the twentieth century that began in the 1920's and . . .


Modernism's war against the past: Freud, James, Dewey, and the conservative reaction in the early 20th century
Fred Hutchison
October 17, 2013

Originally published January 14, 2008 In 1920, Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, which was about the high society of Old New York in the 1870's. She . . .


The one-world cult, Darwin, and Einstein
Fred Hutchison
October 3, 2013

Originally published October 29, 2007 In the last essay (part 7), we considered how Hegel propagated the cult of modernism. The modernists had faith in the . . .


The babe in the womb is a person
Fred Hutchison
September 19, 2013

Originally published October 18, 2007 Columnist Jonah Goldberg's heart is in the right place about the right to life, but he is a naive innocent when it . . .


The depredations of modernism (1820-1920)
Fred Hutchison
September 13, 2013

Originally published October 1, 2007 Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. The previous essay (part 6) viewed . . .


The cataclysm of states (1861-1865)
Fred Hutchison
August 30, 2013

Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. I will tell the tale in two parts. This essay will view conservatism and . . .


The founders of modern conservatism
Fred Hutchison
August 22, 2013

Originally published July 31, 2007 Prior to 1600 A.D., much of what we now regard as conservative ideas was taken for granted by most people of the West. . . .


What went wrong? The bad seeds sowed from Bacon to Kant
Fred Hutchison
August 15, 2013

Originally published June 25, 2007 According to traditional conservatism, a large part of our wisdom comes to us from the past. According to Christian . . .


From the King James Bible to Samuel Johnson (1600-1750)
Fred Hutchison
August 8, 2013

Originally published June 11, 2007 Historically, Europe enjoyed three periods of rapid cultural advance: 1) 1050-1250 A.D., 2) 1375-1520, and 3) 1600-1750. . . .


From Dante to Shakespeare
Fred Hutchison
August 1, 2013

Originally published May 13, 2007 My last essay was A Brief History of Conservatism, Part 1, 800 B.C. to 1300 A.D. During that journey of 2,100 years, we . . .


The link between abortion and divorce
Fred Hutchison
July 25, 2013

Originally published May 8, 2007 Is a married couple who aborts their child more likely to divorce? If so, is there a direct relationship between high . . .


A brief history of the five kinds of conservatism
Fred Hutchison
July 18, 2013

Originally published April 20, 2007 During this time of political setbacks for conservatives, it is a good time to consider the vital role of Conservatism in . . .


Natural law versus social justice: The permanent conflict of modern democracy
Fred Hutchison
July 11, 2013

Originally published March 31, 2007 The central philosophical problem of modern democracy is the clash between natural law theory and social justice theory. . . .


Liberalism and the two roads to nihilism
Fred Hutchison
July 4, 2013

Originally published March 7, 2007 Leo Strauss (1899-1973), the father of Neoconservatism, predicted that liberalism must give way to relativism and that . . .


The rise of conservatism and the decline of liberalism
Fred Hutchison
June 27, 2013

Originally published February 13, 2007 Democratic politics is ultimately a battle of worldviews. A rising worldview will eventually prevail over a declining . . .


'The Era of the Republic': America is still living in the vitality of its founding era
Fred Hutchison
June 20, 2013

Originally published January 17, 2007 Both the Roman Republic and the American Republic enjoyed a period of energy and vitality. The thesis of this essay is . . .


Does man have a nature?
Fred Hutchison
June 13, 2013

Originally published December 7, 2006 Frances Schaefer once said, "There are not many men in the house." What he meant was there are not many worldviews, and . . .


The link between morality, law, and reason
Fred Hutchison
June 6, 2013

Originally published November 19, 2006 In this essay, we shall consider the nature of moral reasoning and why it essential to the health of a republic. We . . .


Cultural suicide by Europe and the Democrats
Fred Hutchison
May 30, 2013

Originally published November 3, 2006 This essay asks two questions: Are Europeans in the throes of passive cultural and political suicide as they ignore the . . .


The myth of the intelligent machine
Fred Hutchison
May 23, 2013

Originally published September 8, 2006 In 1921, Karel Capek wrote the play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots), about machines that became intelligent and turned . . .


Cosmic evil and terrorism
Fred Hutchison
May 16, 2013

Originally published August 26, 2006 The war by America, Britain, and Israel against Islamist terrorism is destined to be a long war in which all the depths . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism -- part 2
Fred Hutchison
May 9, 2013

Originally published August 9, 2006 During part one of this essay, we took a tour of history, beginning with the birth of European civilization and finishing . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism
Fred Hutchison
May 2, 2013

Originally published July 22, 2006 Every civilization has a theory about what man knows and how he knows it. The theory of a particular civilization will . . .


The sexual bondage of women
Fred Hutchison
April 25, 2013

Originally published July 11, 2006 In advance of the 2006 World Cup football (soccer) games in Germany, 40,000 women were estimated by several major internet . . .


The enigma of Islam: The two faces of Muhammad
Fred Hutchison
April 18, 2013

Originally published June 30, 2006 American Muslims tell us that Islam is a religion of peace. Jihadist leaders abroad describe Islam as a religion of war . . .


A cure for the educational crisis: Learn from the extraordinary educational heritage of the West
Fred Hutchison
April 11, 2013

Originally published June 1, 2006 In my prior essay, I described seven historical waves of bad ideas for education that are responsible for the American . . .


The crisis in education
Fred Hutchison
April 4, 2013

Originally published May 17, 2006 The crisis in public education is well known. High dropout rates, low test scores, deficits in reading, math, and history, . . .


Illegal aliens and culture
Fred Hutchison
March 28, 2013

Originally published April 14, 2006 In an earlier essay, I called for a national conversation on illegal aliens. Thankfully, we are finally having that . . .


We, the men of America
Fred Hutchison
March 21, 2013

Originally published April 11, 2006 We, the men of America, are still here in spite of forty years of gender warfare against us. We are still here because . . .


The fight against evil
Fred Hutchison
March 14, 2013

Originally published April 2, 2006 The culture war is in part a fight against evil. This essay will focus upon the nature of evil, how we should confront . . .


Theology and the culture war: Millennium vs. utopia
Fred Hutchison
March 7, 2013

Originally published March 18, 2006 Theology has more influence on world views and on political ideologies than most people can guess. One particular . . .


A dilettante debates the scientists
Fred Hutchison
February 28, 2013

Originally published March 3, 2006 Last fall, I had extended e-mail debates with two credentialed scientists. One was a defender of Einstein, and the other a . . .


Saving the crumbling liberal worldview
Fred Hutchison
February 21, 2013

Originally published February 15, 2006 The worldview of political liberalism suffers from an inner contradiction that must in time prove fatal. The historic . . .


Life-enhancing culture vs. life-debilitating culture
Fred Hutchison
February 14, 2013

Originally published January 19, 2006 The cultural war debate often centers on life and death issues such as abortion and euthanasia, and the question of . . .


Restoration of moral sanity: Turning away from the weird moral obsessions of the Left
Fred Hutchison
February 7, 2013

Originally published January 4, 2006 The traditional definition of a sociopath is one who is "morally insane." When a culture becomes morally insane, it . . .


Conservatism and the pursuit of excellence
Fred Hutchison
January 31, 2013

Originally published November 29, 2005 When President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court in Oct. 2005, it was a prototypical . . .


Christ and reason: Why Christianity is essential to winning the culture war
Fred Hutchison
January 24, 2013

Originally published November 6, 2005 In my last issue analysis titled The Revolt against Reason, I wrote, "It is up to the conservative movement and . . .


The revolt against reason: The culture war and the fight to save rationality
Fred Hutchison
January 17, 2013

Originally published October 29, 2005 The culture war is part of a collision of two worldviews. Can the disagreements between these worldviews be settled . . .


The myths of the science establishment
Fred Hutchison
January 10, 2013

Originally published October 6, 2005 Those who believe that man has an innate nature and design generally oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem . . .


Historical roots of the culture war
Fred Hutchison
January 3, 2013

Originally published September 30, 2005 The culture war is deadlocked. Conflicts between contradictory worldviews generally produce clear winners and losers, . . .


Intelligent design vs. gay marriage
Fred Hutchison
December 27, 2012

Originally published September 15, 2005 The California legislature voted to legalize gay marriage on Sept. 6, 2005. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the . . .


Culture and the culture wars: is cultural relativism compatible with moral absolutes?
Fred Hutchison
December 20, 2012

Originally published August 27, 2005 I am writing a book about Western culture, and I also write essays about the culture war. Obviously, I am interested in . . .


Evolution vs. intelligent design: which model has more integrity?
Fred Hutchison
December 13, 2012

Originally published August 18, 2005 President George Bush once said that public schools should expose students to both evolution and intelligent design . . .


Political correctness and the crisis of open borders
Fred Hutchison
December 6, 2012

Originally published June 22, 2005 America has a de facto policy of open borders and virtually unlimited immigration along the southern border with Mexico.  . . .


The role of patriotism in a democracy
Fred Hutchison
November 29, 2012

Originally published June 1, 2005 The issue of patriotism has become unusually contentious in American politics. To gain perspective of our present partisan . . .


A political donnybrook
Fred Hutchison
November 22, 2012

Originally published May 20, 2005 The policy of Senate Democrats in 2005 to filibuster conservative nominees for the Supreme Court — coupled with . . .


A battle of orthodoxies and the right to life
Fred Hutchison
November 15, 2012

Originally published April 19, 2005 The fight between the right-to-life movement and the right-to-die camp has all the ferocity and bitterness of two . . .


Existentialist morality and the right to die
Fred Hutchison
November 8, 2012

Originally published April 12, 2005 By coincidence, both Terri Schiavo and Pope John Paul II, the great advocate of the value of life, had feeding tubes . . .


Terri Schiavo and diagnostic, legal, and ethical confusion
Fred Hutchison
November 1, 2012

Originally published March 25, 2005 The state and federal judges who have reviewed Terri Schiavo's* case are influenced by the medical diagnosis made by a . . .


Common sense on global warming
Fred Hutchison
October 25, 2012

Originally published March 19, 2005 When a controversial issue in science is politicized and seems to become a fad, does an ordinary person have the tools to . . .


The music of the spheres
Fred Hutchison
October 18, 2012

Originally published February 28, 2005 The seminal idea of western music is that music reflects the harmonies and moral order of the universe and, therefore, . . .


We had faces
Fred Hutchison
October 11, 2012

Originally published February 17, 2005 "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces." Gloria Swanson spoke these lines when she played Norma Desmond, a fading star . . .


The case against atheistic materialism
Fred Hutchison
October 4, 2012

Originally published February 10, 2005 This essay is a rebuttal of the philosophy of materialism and its modern use to deny the existence of God. Atheists . . .


The rise and fall of atheism
Fred Hutchison
September 27, 2012

Originally published February 4, 2005 Last September, I wrote an essay about the rise of the new atheism which began with the birth of modernism, around 1750 . . .


A critique of Einstein
Fred Hutchison
September 20, 2012

Originally published January 28, 2005 In September 2004, Discover Magazine had a special Einstein issue. Fifty-eight pages of glossy magazine space was . . .


Intellectual decadence of pro-abortion ideology
Fred Hutchison
September 13, 2012

Originally published January 23, 2005 A coherent philosophy or ideology must be true to the world view upon which it is based. When a philosophy or ideology . . .


The coming crack-up of postmodern liberalism
Fred Hutchison
September 6, 2012

Originally published January 17, 2005 In 1980, I wrote a twenty-page paper in which I predicted the collapse of liberal humanism. A year or two earlier, I . . .


Individual purpose and universal meaning
Fred Hutchison
August 30, 2012

Originally published January 7, 2005 Happiness cannot be long sustained unless one lives a life of meaning and purpose. How does one obtain a strong sense of . . .


The extinction of Deism: Historical riddle solved & lessons for today
Fred Hutchison
August 23, 2012

Originally published December 30, 2004 Deism had a rapid rise to popularity and an even more rapid fall into oblivion. The rapid extinction of the once . . .


The crisis of the postmodern worldview
Fred Hutchison
August 16, 2012

Originally published December 9, 2004 The postmodern worldview is schizophrenic. It is split in two, and the two parts contradict one another. Francis . . .


Idealism in political, philosophical, and theological dress
Fred Hutchison
August 2, 2012

Originally published December 2, 2004 The Conservative movement has many intellectual streams. Some of the names that readily come to mind are Traditionalist . . .


The moral imagination, politics, and wisdom
Fred Hutchison
July 26, 2012

Originally published November 23, 2004 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence....By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, and . . .


Defense of marriage and the defense of civilization
Fred Hutchison
July 19, 2012

Originally published October 28, 2004 Marriage is the indispensable foundation and building block of our culture. We are in the midst of a hideous culture . . .


Liberal judges and the intellectual pathology
Fred Hutchison
July 12, 2012

Originally published October 26, 2004 Have you ever noticed how some judicial decisions defy common sense? The cold, abstract words of their decrees often . . .


The Keyes vs. Obama prize fight -- 2004 U.S. Senate race
Fred Hutchison
July 5, 2012

Originally published October 15, 2004 It was nice to listen to an intelligent articulate political debate for a change. Alan Keyes is probably the nation's . . .


Faith and atheism in politics: The great divide
Fred Hutchison
June 28, 2012

Originally published September 28, 2004 During the culture war of the last forty years, Evangelicals, devout Catholics, and moralists have been migrating . . .


Understanding the enemy
Fred Hutchison
June 21, 2012

Originally published September 22, 2004 Lee Harris, author of Civilization and its Enemies, believes that neither liberals nor conservatives understand . . .


Utopia: The perpetual delusion of the left
Fred Hutchison
June 14, 2012

Originally published September 14, 2004 When I was eighteen, I knew that the left is generally deceived. It required a few years to find out what the core . . .


Abortion and the clash of worldviews
Fred Hutchison
June 7, 2012

Originally published September 9, 2004 Debates about abortion are often very heated because they involve a head-on collision of worldviews. Abortion cannot . . .


Unanswered questions about global warming
Fred Hutchison
May 31, 2012

Originally published August 24, 2004 The scientists whose voices are quoted in the popular press sound like they are certain about global warming. But do . . .


The moral law, justice, and capital punishment
Fred Hutchison
May 24, 2012

Originally published August 5, 2004 In this essay, I shall consider the transcendent source of justice, the universal moral law on which justice is based, . . .


The seven-headed Hydra
Fred Hutchison
May 17, 2012

Originally published July 21, 2004 Fighting fallacies one at a time as they spring from a false ideology is like Hercules' battle with the Hydra — a . . .


Liberalism and group-think
Fred Hutchison
May 10, 2012

Originally published July 13, 2004 As I was sitting in a restaurant eating breakfast and reading the newspaper, I perused the voting records of the nine . . .


The false worldview of liberal progressives
Fred Hutchison
May 3, 2012

Originally published July 8, 2004 This essay begins with a recap and commentary on Thomas Sowell's brilliant critique of the old liberal obsession with  . . .


The roots of the culture war: The debate over universal law
Fred Hutchison
April 26, 2012

Originally published June 26, 2004 Certain aspects of the culture war have ancient roots. One of the central points of disagreement regards the existence of . . .


Postmodern barbarians
Fred Hutchison
April 19, 2012

Originally published June 17, 2004 In this essay, I discuss some psychological similarities between Postmodernism and barbarism. Both seem to inflict some of . . .


Lincoln's dilemma
Fred Hutchison
April 12, 2012

Originally published June 13, 2004 How important was freeing the slaves to Abraham Lincoln? Was that his top priority? How did Lincoln view his primary . . .


Hard Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
April 5, 2012

Originally published May 31, 2004 I coined the term "Hard Postmodernism" as a shorthand reference to a set of theories of cultural determinism. I define  . . .


The spiritual suicide of Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
March 29, 2012

Originally published May 20, 2004 This essay begins with a brief outline of the rise and collapse of Modernism. In the aftermath of that collapse, a number . . .


The dark, intolerant, and abusive nature of the gay agenda
Fred Hutchison
March 22, 2012

Originally published April 28, 2004 Over twenty years ago, I had an intermittent conversation about homosexuality with a gay man at work. Although he . . .


The spirit of the laws
Fred Hutchison
March 15, 2012

Originally published February 14, 2004 Baron Montesquieu (Mahn-tes'-kyoo) De Secondat (French political philosopher, 1689–1755) wrote The Spirit of the . . .


Narcissism and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
March 8, 2012

Originally published February 8, 2004 The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a . . .


Corruption of the science establishment: causes and cures
Fred Hutchison
December 24, 2009

By now, most of my readers have heard of the scandal nicknamed "Climategate," involving the suppression of information that contradicts a supposed consensus of . . .


Incarnation and epiphany
Fred Hutchison
December 14, 2009

In the movie Ben Hur, one of the Persian Magi who worshipped Christ in Bethlehem returned to Judea 30 years later to see the adult messiah-king. The old Magi . . .


The joy of rebuilding
Fred Hutchison
November 26, 2009

Conservatives will soon have one of the great joys of this life: the joy of rebuilding with like-minded comrades. I happen to believe that the time for . . .


What is personhood?
Fred Hutchison
November 15, 2009

Letter to the Editor, First Things Robert George defines a person as a "dynamic unity of body, mind, emotion, will, and spirit." This is very similar to how . . .


A snake on the capitol dome
Fred Hutchison
September 27, 2009

The Glenn Beck show sometimes displays a picture of the capitol building with a giant snake wrapped around the dome. This chilling image age is unforgettable. . . .


The tribune of the people falls off his horse
Fred Hutchison
September 21, 2009

Last November, the American people elected a man president who has never had management or executive experience, and who has only had two years experience in . . .


Is health care a right?
Fred Hutchison
September 17, 2009

Prior to the twentieth century, no one called health care a right. The idea seemed to have originated with the Progressive Movement in the early 20th century. . . .


A grassroots revolution
Fred Hutchison
September 3, 2009

One can see a grassroots revolution in America in three places: The "tea parties" in the public square, the noisy "town hall" meetings between congressmen, . . .


Renew America and America's founding
Fred Hutchison
August 27, 2009

Renew America, now recognized by About.com as one of the top ten conservative web sites in the U.S., stands out as being the most Christian of the ten and the . . .


A dishonest sales game for pushing socialized medicine
Fred Hutchison
August 12, 2009

Don't believe what you are told by Obama, Inc. about the proposed legislation to regulate medicine and medical insurance. Does this mean they are telling lies? . . .


Natural law and conservatism
Fred Hutchison
August 10, 2009

Natural law is a vital part of the conservative intellectual heritage. Among the five ancient kinds of conservatism, natural law is the second oldest. Natural . . .


Pride and ideology
Fred Hutchison
July 13, 2009

Self-deceiving pride leads the sons of Adam into many foolish vanities and conceits. Some people concentrate on the petty vanities, and others indulge in . . .


Liberal myths about the Vietnam War
Fred Hutchison
July 10, 2009

Columnist Bob Herbert has historical amnesia about the Vietnam war but has total recall about the liberal myths of the anti-war movement. The central theme of . . .


Man cannot live without truth
Fred Hutchison
June 15, 2009

People are searching for the meaning of life as much now as they ever did. However, meaning is harder to find today because of a very tough skepticism in today . . .


The crisis of Christianity: Part 2
Fred Hutchison
June 1, 2009

This is part 2 of an essay in which we are considering the "emergent church" a postmodern cult disguised as a church and the "seeker-sensitive church" that . . .


The seduction of Christianity
Fred Hutchison
May 18, 2009

Part 1 of this essay deals with the rise of the "emerging church," which is postmodern and heretical. As such, it is a double threat to doctrinally orthodox . . .


The fault lines of conservatism: finding a new unity
Fred Hutchison
April 23, 2009

We have traveled a long way through the history of conservatism and are nearing the end of the story. It is 2009, and I am doing post mortems of the disastrous . . .


The rise of the neoconservatives (2000 - 2008)
Fred Hutchison
April 2, 2009

President George W. Bush appointed a handful of neoconservatives to positions of power and influence. These officials were highly visible and controversial.  . . .


Dyer equates Guantanamo with the Soviet Gulag
Fred Hutchison
March 17, 2009

(Letter to the editor the Columbus Dispatch) In a spectacular moment of irrationality and moral confusion, columnist Gwinne Dyer drew a moral equivalent . . .


Christianity and conservatism: Christian doctrinal orthodoxy and conservative political philosophy
Fred Hutchison
February 26, 2009

In the last essay in this series, part 15, we discovered in history a strong correlation between Christian spirituality and the vitality of Western culture. . . .


Farewell to greatness
Fred Hutchison
January 10, 2009

We live in an age in which the great man has become a rarity. We little understand how impoverished we will be when we can no long bask in the light of great . . .


Christianity and the vitality of Western civilization
Fred Hutchison
January 5, 2009

In our walk through the history of conservatism, we have reached the period running from 1973 to 1988. In 1973, abortion was legalized, and 1988 was the last . . .


Glory to the new born king: Christ, the ten-fold king
Fred Hutchison
December 22, 2008

"Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king." Have you ever noticed that during the Christmas season, we sing a lot more about the birth of . . .


The Jews in prophesy
Fred Hutchison
December 20, 2008

Letter to the editor of First Things: regarding Messianic Gentiles and Messianic Jews Mark Kinzer is justified in his complaint that the Jews have been . . .


The crisis of our time: A letter from Leo Strauss to Peggy Noonan
Fred Hutchison
November 24, 2008

The meltdown of the conservative movement is a greater calamity than losing an election! The civil war among conservatives has left an unknown number of . . .


Obama and the universal moral law
Fred Hutchison
November 3, 2008

Does Barack Obama believe in the universal moral law? Hard to tell. Obama insists he is a Christian and admits that evil exists, but answers questions about . . .


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