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Religion & Other Curiosities
Religion a la Modi?
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Religious Freedom and the Gross Domestic Product

Is there a link? The connection is more complicated than you—or Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping—might think.

Cognitive Dissonance
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Snow

As blizzards blanket Boston and there is no sign of Al Gore producing A More Inconvenient Truth, it’s time to look at the cognitive defenses of ideologues.

Leftward Drift?
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Worries About Francis

Pope Francis’ heart and his perception of the world may be more to the Left than I perhaps expected.

Raison d'Etat
Tea With Tyrants

Ruthless national interest as the sole basis of foreign policy is repugnant to the national conscience, and since the United States is a democracy, this conscience must be reckoned with.

Pluralism and Modernity
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Islamophobia

One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.

Review
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Defecting from Religious Enclaves

There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.

Ideological Hybrids
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Environmentalists, Roaming Wolves, and Pope Francis

Is Francis greening? As well as moving to the Left? I’m beginning to worry.

What Would Confucius Say
New Atheism and the Rectification of Names

The term “new atheism” gained currency in the early 2000s and is still much discussed. But is it anything but new—and is still a rather childish reflex.

Case Studies
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Can One Domesticate Fundamentalists?

If you have secularist projects in a country with strongly religious demographics, beware of democracy! Has the religiously tone-deaf Obama administration finally gotten this?

An Ancient Habit
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Proselytization

Proselytization is a practice as old (and sometimes as divisive) as religion itself. Most recently, it has reared its head in India.

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Pipeline Politics

The Senate is preparing a vote to override President Obama’s Keystone veto on Thursday.

The Francis Era

Pope Francis had a mandate to bring order to the Curia and peace to warring Church factions. Neither seems to be going very well just now.

the tyranny of the plurality

A Kremlin-allied party consisting mostly of ethnic Russians is the most cohesive in Estonia, and it very nearly won the recent election there.

U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Iran isn’t just doing well in the nuclear negotiations—thanks in part to U.S. policy, the situation on the ground in the Middle East is going Tehran’s way, too.

Equal Pay

A new ruling by a British court may put an end to lavish divorce payments to non-working ex-wives. America, too, needs divorce settlements that better match the times.

A New Order

A meeting between the Saudi king and Egypt’s president over the weekend shows further consolidation of a Sunni front in the Middle East.

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