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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
When Britannia Ruled
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Thinking about the British Empire

British power, both “hard” and “soft,” helped shape the modern world.

Anthems of Global Migration
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O Canada and Deutschland, Deutschland

Religion matters—on both sides of the global mass migration.

Religion in America
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Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma

Claiming a religious identity in America is still politically useful.

The State of the Church
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The Knights of Malta Versus Pope Francis I

Conservative opponents are challenging the Pope over the sovereignty of an old and storied order.

Religious Freedom
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From Mormon Polygamy to the LGBT Community

Americans were sexually innovative long before the ’60s—just consider the Mormons.

Liberalism
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Thinking about Islamic Modesty on Martin Luther King Day

There is an old European culture that may be a resource for dialogue about Islamic modesty: the cult of chivalry.

Religion and Atheism
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The Anatomy of the Gruesome

What are the minimal experiences that lead one to suspect there may be something to religion after all?

Religion and Modernity
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A Jewish Take on Pluralism

In an honest dialogue between religions, does one sometimes have to say “no”?

Disenchantment
The Exorcist and the Electrician

The exodus from the ”enchanted garden” of medieval Catholicism was an important factor in the genesis of modernity.

Post-Factual Age
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Disputed Burial Grounds in North Dakota

Recently, both political camps have been lustily promoting fantasies.

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Death of a Generation

Environmentalists, take note.

American Balkanization

The Golden States’s self-righteous “travel ban” sets a dangerous and destructive precedent.

Up in the air

The much-criticized fighter jet program now appears to be a stealthy success story.

The French Will Be French

Emmanuel Macron has a large mandate on paper to push through far-reaching reforms in France, but the relatively low turnout and the threat of strikes and protests from unions opposed to what he campaigned on appear to be pushing him towards protectionism.

Power Play

Fuel trucks roll into Gaza from Egypt, keeping Hamas’ electricity running despite attempts by Abbas and the PA to shut it down.

Obamacare Repeal

The Democratic line of attack against the law is powerful—but it also highlights Obamacare’s underperformance.

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