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The Costs of Imperial Power

So often does imperial power lead to the loss of young soldiers dying far from home.

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Who Lost the American Culture War?

Two prominent public intellectuals chart out a political way forward for Evangelicals in America.

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Two Germanies, Or Maybe Three

German public opinion is veering away from the original spontaneous welcome to the masses of migrants. There are three sectors of the public: a minority still affirming the legendary “welcome culture”; another minority vocally hostile; and a large group in the middle not firmly committed either way.

Religion & Other Curiosities
Religious Freedom and the Vicissitudes of Power

The problem of balancing power and ethos is not new, but in the face of the unspeakable atrocities that confront us today it is especially anguished.

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Normal posting will resume in November.

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Looking for Jesus on Planet Gliese 832c

All religion is an attempt to answer the question whether we insignificant beings are alone in the universe.

Religion in the USA
The Popemobile Comes to America

How much does it matter if the Pope pushes a quasi-Marxist ideology? Probably quite a lot.

Collective Mania and Politics
St. Vitus’ Dance and the Rational Actor

Institutions, which are typically based on rational assumptions, are dams holding at bay the howling frenzies lurking in human souls. All institutions are fragile. Sometimes the dams break.

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Compassion and Interests

A moral vision is important, but it helps greatly if you can appeal to hard interests as well as to conscience.

Religion in America
Church Picnics and the Communion of Saints

It is unrealistic to force people who have nothing in common in this world to enjoy relaxed sociability, and yet that has become the norm among American religious communities.

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Blue Meltdown

The first of a set of defaults looks likely happen early this week, while Washington appears no closer to coming up with a solution to make the unraveling more ordered.

Hamtramck MI

In America’s first majority-Muslim town, old immigrant patterns give cause for hope.

India à la Modi

That one of Bollywood’s top stars (most of whom are Muslim) is taking on Modi’s Hindutva movement brings India’s messy identity politics into some focus.


Only four of twenty countries polled show that a majority supports a deal: Spain, Canada, the UK and France.

The Santa-Industrial Complex

Economists and retailers are worried, but this is ultimately a good thing.

To You and Yours

Some reading and listening material for the holiday.

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