Editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune and nationally syndicated columnist

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TheAdvocates.org - Stephen Chapman
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Born

1954, in Brady, Texas

Biography

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
Townhall.com

Archived Columns

Chicago Tribune
Since March 2006

Archived Articles

Steve Chapman: Contributors - Reason.com
Since April 1995

Writings

Is There a God?, by Stephen 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

Interviews (interviewer)

Takings Exception: Maverick legal scholar Richard Epstein on property, discrimination, and the limits of state action, by Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Chapman, Reason, Apr 1995
Questions range from libertarian ideas, Epstein's book Takings, the Dolan v. City of Tigard case and more
"We know that in the old days of the Polish parliament, which required unanimous votes, they often got unanimity by taking the lone dissenter and throwing him out the window. On the other hand, rampant majoritarianism means that 51 percent can indeed confiscate the wealth of all 49 percent, which is what you get under the New Deal."