James Diddams

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Hello! My name is James Diddams and I am the Managing editor of Providence Magazine, a publication of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a think tank based in Washington, DC. I’m an aspiring writer/academic with a broad inter-disciplinary area of interest at the intersection of philosophy, theology and social science. I’m also an Anglican (ACNA) Christian.

I was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in May, 2020 with majors in Philosophy, Art History and Economics as well as minors in Math and Political Science. Then, in the Fall I was a Fellow with the John Jay Institute, where my full-time job for a semester was living in a mansion with 7 other 20-somethings and reading great books of the Western canon. Then, in January, 2021 I moved to Washington, DC where I interned with the Heritage Foundation and the Institute on Religion and Democracy, eventually working full-time at IRD in the Summer. I worked at IRD until the end of January, 2022 before leaving to be the Academic Programs Officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, DE into May and then moved to Madison, WI to work at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, a think housed within the Political Science department at UW-Madison in July. Then, in December 2022 I moved back to Washington, DC to start as an editor at Providence.

I consider myself at the beginning of a great journey of learning across all of the disciplines I’m interested in. I have plans for spending a significant amount of my life in graduate school in the future, but for now am mostly focused on building a portfolio of writing.


According to a Mercatus Center paper published last year by Weifeng Zhong, Christos Makridis and James Diddams, “The eight presidents since 1976 have declared a total of 64 national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, 35 of which are still in effect to this day and most of which outlasted their motivating emergencies.” The oldest of the 35, “Blocking Iranian Government Property,” was declared in 1979. I was 14 years old.

But let me end with a piece of a recent Juicy Ecumenism essay — “America’s Birth Dearth” — about a related topic. Wheaton College graduate James Diddams, who focuses on political theology, points to the work of University of Virginia professor Brad Wilcox.

Provocatively entitled hit pieces, putting Wheaton College under public scrutiny, have become a novel bromide in the era of evangelical fragmentation… James Diddams’s piece is [different] because it hails from an institutional insider, a recent graduate. Reproofs like this warrant more than callous dismissal. They ought to be heeded.