Editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune and nationally syndicated columnist


TheAdvocates.org - Stephen Chapman
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1954, in Brady, Texas


Chicago Tribune news : News columnists: About Steve Chapman
"Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of the Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School."
Creators.com - Creators Syndicate: About Steve Chapman
"Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country. Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard and Reason."

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Stephen Chapman - Libertarian
Biography, photo and quotes
"He came to the Tribune in 1981 from New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. His column was first syndicated nationally in 1982. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including the Atlantic, Harper's, Reason and the American Spectator."
Stephen Chapman - CelebAtheists
Short biography and quote
"Chapman debated former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan in Slate on the question 'Is there a God?'. Chapman writes 'What I no longer understand, looking back on my life as a Christian, is the capacity to believe in something so outlandish as the existence of an Almighty God--much less one who created us all one by one, cherishes our immortal souls, intervenes on behalf of those who call upon his name, and holds a place for his faithful in an everlasting paradise. ...'"
Related Topic: Atheism

Recent Column

Creators Syndicate
Includes archive back to December 2006

Archived Columns

Chicago Tribune
Since March 2006

Archived Articles

Steve Chapman: Contributors - Reason.com
Since April 1995


Is There a God?, by Steve Chapman, Andrew Sullivan, Slate, 24 Sep 1996
A series of 11 letters from Steve Chapman to Andrew Sullivan and vice versa, from 24 Sep to 7 Dec 1996
"You say that we all have faith, in the form of a sense of 'something greater and better than ourselves.' Isn't that just a way of saying we all have imaginations? ... Our imaginations, after all, allow us to entertain all sorts of fantasies and impossibilities."
Related Topic: Atheism
The Triumph of Falsehood, 8 Dec 2016
Discusses the proliferation of falsehoods in the news and social media during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election and why the "fake news" sources tap into voters biases
"In 1644, the English poet John Milton made an eloquent case against censorship. Freedom of thought and inquiry was not only a God-given prerogative but also the best protection against error: 'Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?' ... fake news sites have a competitive advantage. Honest press outlets often present information their readers find unwelcome. Dishonest ones offer their customers the promise that their illusions will be preserved no matter what. Our system of government rests on the assumption that in the long run, the truth will prevail over falsehoods."
Related Topics: John Milton, Voting

Interviews (interviewer)

Takings Exception: An Interview with Richard Epstein, by Richard Epstein, Steve Chapman, Reason, Apr 1995
Topics include libertarian ideas, Epstein's book Takings, the public housing and inner city issues, and civil rights laws
"Despite your libertarian leanings, you feel that pure libertarianism isn't quite up to explaining the way the world works. What do you see as its shortcomings? ... Takings has significantly influenced the way the courts interpret the Takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. Are you encouraged by the impact? ... How does your book, Bargaining with the State, address topics such as gun sweeps of public housing projects? ... Should the Chicago Housing Authority be able to make granting you a lease in public housing contingent on your not possessing guns or allowing searches of your apartment?"