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A Lodestar of Religious Liberty

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In The Wall Street Journal, the Rev. Arne Panula writes about the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council, where the work Dignitatis Humanae became a lodestar of religious liberty.
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The digital “Monuments Men” are fighting the devastation of ISIS

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As black market for illegal artefacts blossoms, high-tech offers a new solution.
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The Lightning Before Death: A Tribute to Clive James - The Los...

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There will always be young men coming up who will find his achievement a clear light. — Clive James on Edmund Wilson I MET CLIVE JAMES by accident, about five years ago, while navigating the literary nonfiction stacks at the Strand bookstore in New York. I had an old collection of...
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The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth

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In The Wall Street Journal, Eric Metaxas writes that the Thanksgiving tale of the Pilgrims and the Indian has an astonishing, less well-known back story.
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The Errors of the Militant Atheist

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What militant atheism doesn't understand about the distinctions that shape the real world.
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The Case for Being a Christian ‘Freak’

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A leading Southern Baptist calls on his fellow believers to pay less attention to “values” and more to Jesus—even if that makes them weird.
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79 Theses on Technology. For Disputation.

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Alan Jacobs has written seventy-nine theses on technology for disputation. A disputation is an old technology, a formal technique of debate and argument that took shape in medieval universities in ...
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A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.

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He found some surprising answers.
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President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation—II

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Robinson: What does freedom mean? I mean, really, the ideal of freedom if it doesn’t mean that we can find out what is in this completely unique being that each one of us is? And competition narrows that. It’s sort of like, you should not be studying this; you should be studying that, pouring your life down the siphon of economic utility.
The President: But doesn’t part of that depend on people having different definitions of success, and that we’ve narrowed what it means to be successful in a w
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President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa by Barack Obama and Marilynne Robinson

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Marilynne Robinson: Christianity is profoundly counterintuitive—“Love thy neighbor as thyself”—which I think properly understood means your neighbor is as worthy of love as you are, not that you’re actually going to be capable of this sort of superhuman feat. But you’re supposed to run against the grain. It’s supposed to be difficult. It’s supposed to be a challenge.
The President: Well, that’s one of the things I love about your characters in your novels, it’s not as if it’s easy for them to be
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The Frontier is Still Being Settled — In a State of Migration — Medium

The Frontier is Still Being Settled - In a State of Migration - Medium
Thoughts on the Regional Patterns in American Migration
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Empire, Erudition and Entertainment

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In Edward Gibbon’s ‘History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,’ the real subject is good sense and decency in a losing battle with pride, greed and vice.
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Marilynne Robinson On Hope In A Time Of Fear

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On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America's greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.
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As China’s Workforce Dwindles, the World Scrambles for Alternatives

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Levi Strauss and other global brands are revamping operations in China as automation and employee perks take on importance.
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How Christians Can Flourish in a Same-Sex-Marriage World

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By many accounts, orthodox Christians have lost the culture wars. How they can live well—not vanish—in a time of retreat.
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Why Recent Yale Protests Aren't Radical Enough

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A number of years ago, I was talking to a brilliant undergraduate and feminist at Yale College, where I teach English. She was discussing something sexist and demeaning that had happened at one of Yale’s several off-campus fraternities—sexism is such a predictable fact of life at frats that I ca...
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California’s Katrina Is Coming

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California's long-term lack of rain isn’t what keeps engineers, economists, and state water planners awake at night.
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‘Awakening’, by Marilynne Robinson

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In an exclusive extract from her new book, the writer considers the bonds between church and state in America
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Humanism, Science, and the Radical Expansion of the Possible

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Humanism was the particular glory of the Renaissance. The recovery, translation, and dissemination of the literatures of antiquity created a new excitement, displaying so vividly the accomplishments and therefore the capacities of humankind, with consequences for civilization that are great beyond r...
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The deception that lurks in our data-driven world

In this data-obsessed world, we must keep in mind the ways that data can be manipulated to fool us.
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Compliance on the Cheap - New Rambler Review

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The Expressive Powers of Law: Theories and Limits, by Richard McAdams, reviewed by Mitu Gulati for The New Rambler Review of Books, Edited by Eric Posner, Adrian Vermeule and Blakey Vermeule
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Fear by Marilynne Robinson

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There is something I have felt the need to say, that I have spoken about in various settings, extemporaneously, because my thoughts on the subject have not been entirely formed, and because it is painful to me to have to express them. However, my thesis is always the same, and it is very simply stated, though it has two parts: first, contemporary America is full of fear. And second, fear is not a Christian habit of mind.
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