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When Britannia Ruled
Thinking about the British Empire

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

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Anthems of Global Migration
O Canada and Deutschland, Deutschland

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

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Religion in America
Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma

Claiming a religious identity in America is still politically useful.

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

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

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Religious Freedom
From Mormon Polygamy to the LGBT Community

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

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Liberalism
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.

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Religion and Atheism
The Anatomy of the Gruesome

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

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Religion and Modernity
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.

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Post-Factual Age
Disputed Burial Grounds in North Dakota

Recently, both political camps have been lustily promoting fantasies.

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