Faith

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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Occultism Is on the Rise

    At least according to data cited by David Brooks in a recent New York Times column: We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements that are rising are not what we normally call “religion.” The first rising movement is…
    Jon Guze, June 26, 2019
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    Religion, egalitarianism, and marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new research into the ingredients for a happy marriage. Both religion and egalitarianism have something to offer those seeking a happy marriage in a world of shifting mores—though religion leads to more children—a new report on international perspectives on…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2019
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    Living as if God exists

    Andrew Klavan provides a stirring apology of Christianity at City Journal. He critiques those who think materialism is all we need and those who act “as if there were a God” but cannot bring themselves to belief. Klavan echoes G.K. Chesterton that “Christianity has not been tried and found…
    Joseph Coletti, April 29, 2019
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    French considers Notre Dame’s impact

    David French of National Review Online reflects on the impact of the fire that gutted Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. On March 9, 1996, I walked into the great cathedral on the morning of my wedding day. The gravity of the moment was starting to sink in, and I…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2019
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    French checks into Chick-fil-A controversy

    David French of National Review Online ties the latest Chick-fil-A controversy to a broader culture war. Every single time I grow even slightly more optimistic about the state of American polarization and the prospects for true American tolerance, I get disappointed. Every time I think that we could…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2019
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    How 2019 could be like 1969

    World events from the failed Arab Spring to the elections of 2016 “should have mugged” conservatives to question the post-War “secular-liberal-technocratic consensus,” says New York Post Op-Ed Editor Sohrab Ahmari. In his First Things review of Max Boot’s memoir The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right, Ahmari sees parallels…
    Joseph Coletti, April 10, 2019
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    An alteration of the Bible

    I remember enjoying Robert Alter‘s translation of the biblical books of Ancient Israel several years ago. Now Alter has finished his decades-long project targeting the entire Hebrew Bible. Meir Soloveichik of Commentary magazine offers the final product a less-than-glowing review. This staggeringly ambitious project took three decades to…
    Mitch Kokai, April 1, 2019