Faith (page 8)

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    Recovering trust to reduce taxes

    If we ask government to do less, it will naturally shrink. I keep returning to this basic idea of Richard Cornuelle, who dedicated the bulk of his life to spurring private, non-market-based competition with government. The John Locke Foundation’s mission is to “transform government through competition…[and establish] a better balance…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2018
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    V.S. Naipaul and “Our Universal Civilization”

    Until a week ago, I had never considered reading V.S. Naipaul, the 2001 Nobel laureate for literature. City Journal editor Brian Anderson gave a brief appreciation of Naipaul’s writing in explaining why The Masque of Africa was on his summer reading list. The discussion pointed to Naipaul’s…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2018
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    Trump, Clinton,and evangelicals

    Many have wondered why evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump in such large numbers in the 2016 presidential election. Chris White of the Daily Caller offers some ideas. The Washington Post asked locals at a southern Baptist church in Alabama why they voted for President Donald Trump despite that…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2018
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    Kavanaugh likely to face a religious test

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist predicts that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face the type of test that’s specifically forbidden in the U.S. Constitution. In his remarks Monday night upon accepting President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh said this: “My judicial philosophy…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2018
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    Opposition to potential Supreme Court pick displays ‘ignorance,’ ‘bigotry’

    David French of National Review Online watches with alarm as critics line up to oppose Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s potential appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you ever need much evidence that the growing “God gap” in American politics fosters an immense amount of ignorance and occasionally…
    Mitch Kokai, July 4, 2018
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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    How things spread

    Andrew Ewald is not a typical cancer researcher. He trained as a physicist and began using actual cancer cells in a three-dimensional medium to study how cancer spreads instead of looking at two-dimensional surfaces. A profile of Ewald in Johns Hopkins Magazine explains that his research eventually led him…
    Joseph Coletti, May 4, 2018
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    Capitalism and the hole in your soul

    “Capitalism cannot provide meaning, spirituality, or sense of belonging. Those things are upstream of capitalism,” Jonah Goldberg writes in his new, optimistic book, Suicide of the West. Mitch has commented on Goldberg’s attribution of the modern miracle of liberty to John Locke. Goldberg explains what we’ve lost and why…
    Joseph Coletti, May 2, 2018