Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
China and Modernity
China Photos
The Consolations of Ceremony

Can the recent actions of the Chinese government be explained in terms of Confucian rather than Marxist thought?

Make 'em laugh
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What Is Sophistication?

American Jewish humor, born of the ultimate border-crossing culture, has become the comedy of the global elite.

Religion in the 21st Century
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Islamophobia?

Those of us who think of Islam as one of the great faiths have more than tactical reasons for opposing the idea of war against it.

Religion in America
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Gloomy and Cheerful Evangelicals

The Evangelical ritual of judgment, repentance, and forgiveness dominates the American moral imagination.

democracy
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South Africa Is News Again

The resurgence of democracy in South Africa stirs up memories of the collapse of Apartheid—as seen up close and in person.

Ethics and Politics
The Sadness of Princes

Angela Merkel finds herself in a Machiavellian dilemma: caught between moral compulsion and the reasons of state.

Sex and Secularism
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So What’s With All This Solemnity?

It’s easy to exaggerate the importance of secularism in America, though the values of sexual life have certainly been secularized.

Global Culture
Victims International

America has exported many a cultural influence around the globe, including its victimology.

Broken Vessels
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300 Years of Theodicy

How can God, who is all-powerful, refrain from stopping the suffering of the innocent? The question is perennial.

The New Reality
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Bernie Sanders’s Nightmare

President Trump doesn’t exist in the real world. He only exists in Bernie Sanders’s mind.

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Daily Feed
Hugging the News Cycle
campus culture wars

An NYT op-ed proposes that rioters ought to be granted control over what events may and may not be held on college campuses.

Oh Snap

Is Shinzo Abe repeating the mistakes of Theresa May?

Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

Pricing Carbon

Interest in cap and trade has waxed—not waned—after Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris.

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