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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
Beyond Parody
The Chinese Communist Party and Tantric Divination

Some stories are so ridiculous that they are beyond parody. That the Chinese government is so very greatly upset by a remark of the Dalai Lama that he may decide not to be reincarnated is just one such story.

...& Other Curiosities
Supersessionism and All That

Throughout history, movements have sprung up denying the profound discontinuities between Christians and Jews, as well as between Protestants and Catholics.

Compare and Contrast
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Apostasy in Saudi Arabia and Utah

If you are inclined toward apostasy, do it in Utah rather than the Middle East. And thank God for the constitution of the United States!

Immigration and Assimilation
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Many Mestizo Nations

What are the prospects for immigrants assimilating—in Europe as well as in the United States? Perhaps not as bad as you might believe.

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.

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Obama's Iran Policy

Another major ex-Obama official joins the growing chorus of foreign policy dissent.

China's Infrastructure Bank

The White House is backpedaling from its efforts to marginalize China’s new World Bank competitor, a smart, if late, move that will serve America’s interests well.

SCOTUS

The Supreme Court just made it harder for workplaces to discriminate against pregnant women. Pro-choicers and pro-lifers came together to support the case.

The Middle East in Flames

The region-wide sectarian war is heating up.

The Evolution of Erdogan

Reports suggest Erdogan’s handpicked successor may not be as pliant as thought.

Living Dangerously

The United States has so far largely managed to keep its instincts about promoting human rights in check as it courts the authoritarian regimes of the Mekong. After these kinds of comments, however, one wonders how long this kind of relationship can last.

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