Faith

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    National Review editor calls the Bible ‘our national book’

    Rich Lowry explains at National Review Online why he believes the fundamental American book is one that predates the nation. We rightly revere the Declaration and the Constitution, and study their influence on America, but we shouldn’t slight the absolutely indispensable influence of another document on our history…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines independent Christian study centers

    Josh Bowman writes for the Martin Center about the role of independent Christian study centers. Local pastors, faculty, and others, though, have begun to pursue innovative ways to re-insert a Christian presence back into the life of universities while remaining independent of higher education’s bureaucracy. They have, instead, begun…
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Rediscovering “Darkness at Noon”

    Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon debuted in December 1940 and reverberated through the post-war period, though not with the universal acclaim of George Orwell’s 1984, in part because of its more specific reference to the Soviet Union and Stalin’s show trials. The book itself has a story worth telling.
    Joseph Coletti, October 1, 2019
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    What replaces the old institutions?

    Younger people and older working class men are the vanguard of a loss of trust in traditional institutions. They have been hardest hit by lack of opportunity and lack of human connection. Jordan Roberts has commented on the effects among Millennials. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic highlights the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2019
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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