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Religion & Other Curiosities
May One Joke About Religion?

A number of relatives and friends have followed my first forays into the strange country of Blogostan. One of them criticized the fact that my tone occasionally becomes flippant, implying that this is inappropriate when one is dealing with a serious topic like religion. I’ll accept the charge of flippancy, if by that is meant […]

Democracy and Judaism in Israel

Israel was established as both a democratic and a Jewish state. Both qualities continue to be real enough. But there have been increasing tensions between these two definitions of the state, and some (in Israel and outside it) have questioned whether there is not an inherent contradiction that cannot be resolved—Israel can be one or […]

Sex and Schism in the Anglican Communion

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and symbolic (though in actuality rather powerless) leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is by all accounts a very pleasant individual.  He has been trying valiantly to keep within the sprawling Anglican fold, estimated to be between 70-80 million adherents worldwide, the progressives and traditionalists who have been in […]

Who are "We"?

A Chinese sage defined a wise person as one who sees things together which others see as apart. Writing a blog implies the presumption of at least a measure of wisdom. So here we go:In an earlier effusion of wisdom, in reference to conflicts between secularist elites and religious voters, I compared the Supreme Court […]

Who are the Belgians?

On June 27, 2010, Belgian police raided the offices of the Roman Catholic  Bishops’ Conference in Brussels while a meeting of that organization was going on. The police was looking for evidence of cover-ups of crimes of child abuse by members of the clergy. While a search of the premises was undertaken, a group of […]

An Introduction

A Chinese sage wrote to an elderly scholar retired from official duties with two suggestions—to acquire a young concubine, or to learn how to paint dragons on red silk.  I am an elderly scholar and I have now retired from most of my official duties.  I have given serious thought to the two suggestions and […]

Born-Again Modernity

Evangelicals are neither theocratic nor fundamentalist nor anti-modern.

Moral Certainty, Theological Doubt

The critical quest for a humble middle ground.

Between Relativism and Fundamentalism

Neither relativism nor fundamentalism offers a basis for reasoned discourse on moral choices. We need a revitalized “protestant” middle way.

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Commitment Issues

It goes far deeper than a failure to reach the 2% spending target.

After The Referendum

The Council of Europe re-introduces monitoring for Turkey on human rights issues for the first time since 2004.

A New Deal

For Moscow, round two of production cuts is going to be harder than round one.

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

The U.S. is rushing to deploy missile defense in South Korea before the elections.

Pyongyang Under Pressure?

Is Pyongyang rationing fuel in fear of a coming Chinese embargo?

The President vs. the Mayors

A court ruling in California marks the latest setback for President Trump’s immigration policies.

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