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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
July 23, 2014
Strategy at the C. of E.

The Archbishop Smiled

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s strong support for the recently announced measure to allow women to become bishops in the Church of England may have been an astute political move.

July 17, 2014
Pluralism and Globalization

Mormons in the Caucasus and Taoist Nuns in Midtown Manhattan

Pluralism, and not secularization, is the major contemporary challenge to religious faith.

July 9, 2014
Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice

Two Misleading Banners

The abortion fight in the United States is one of the most intractable facets of the culture war. Time for an exercise of semantic hygiene with the terminology used by both sides in this conflict.

July 2, 2014
Same Sex Marriage and BDS

Presbyterians Embrace Terminal Irrelevance

Two votes at this year’s Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly show the favorite mantra of liberal Protestants—”speak truth to power”—is still at work. But who exactly is the power and what is the truth being spoken here?

June 25, 2014
Religion Matters

Are People Killing Each Other Today Over an Election Dispute in Arabia More Than a Thousand Years Ago?

While it would be wrong to think that the conflict in the Middle East is only about religion, it would be even more wrong to downplay just how much of the conflict actually is just about religion.

June 18, 2014

Questions of Cosmology

The great religious traditions of west Asia, on the one hand, and south and east Asia, on the other, approach the mysteries of the cosmos and human history from very different starting points.

June 11, 2014

Is the Chinese Regime Changing its Policy Toward Christianity?

It appears to be. And its hostility is only likely to increase as the regime turns to forces such as nationalism to legitimate itself in the face of an inevitable slowdown in China’s rate of growth.

June 4, 2014
Feminism and the Gay Rights Movement

From Counter-Culture to Cultural Orthodoxy

It is very doubtful whether there are any “laws of history”. However, there are certain recurring sequences of events that make one suspect that similar circumstances are likely to have similar consequences. One such sequence is that movements of liberation result in repressive regimes.

May 28, 2014
Cultural Globalization

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga probably is not a religion—it is too diffuse and under-organized to fit under this concept. But a more important question is, can religious themes be separated from practice? The answer is less clear-cut.

May 21, 2014
French Canadian Common Sense

Quebec Rejects Secularism

Another defeat for Kemalism: French Canadians roundly rejected a draconian new law preventing all state employees from exhibiting “conspicuous religious symbols” at work.

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