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R. R. Reno on Rabbi Gilles Bernheim’s plagiarism : In the March issue we published “Homosexual Marriage, Parenting, and Adoption,” written by Gilles Bernheim, Chief Rabbi of France. Or so we thought. It turns out that Rabbi Bernheim plagiarized some portions. Also today, Pete . . . . Continue Reading »

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From our June/July issue, Glenn C. Arbery on Cory Doctorow and the theology of surveillance : Surveillance adds the dimension of unsettling intentionality to the vulnerability to technology most people already feel. The problem is not only this power granted little by little to a system of . . . . Continue Reading »

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William Doino Jr. recalls  Søren Kierkegaard’s Christian faith : If Kierkegaard’s Christianity creates dilemmas for the secular, it has proven equally vexing for his fellow believers. Kierkegaard was scandalized by the state of Christianity in his day, especially as expressed . . . . Continue Reading »

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Peter J. Leithart explores the problem with family values : Traditionally, marriage and family in turn opened out to the community. As Wendell Berry says, “Lovers must not, like usurers, live for themselves alone. They must finally turn from their gaze at one another back toward the . . . . Continue Reading »

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Russell E. Saltzman reflects on the hours before his son’s deployment to Afghanistan : I cannot tell you what we talked about; I don’t remember much of it really. Mostly, I spent time simply looking at him, wonderingly. Where did this man come from? When did I first meet him? When did . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel remembers Max Kampelman : He was a major figure in forcing human rights issues onto the U.S. foreign policy agenda, made an invaluable contribution to the moral delegitimation of the Soviet Union as ambassador for Presidents Carter and Reagan to the Madrid Review Conference . . . . Continue Reading »

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Elizabeth Scalia on the age of technology and ideology : Self-idolization is a natural by-product of the instrumentalization of our age, and it is weakening us. The GPS destroys our sense of direction; social scientists cripple our instinctive knowing. The world says True North is a relative . . . . Continue Reading »

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R. R. Reno on capitalism and conservatism : Freedom creates problems. It’s a good thing, often rightly encouraged, but it has costs. This is true of political freedom, as the Founders recognized, which is why they feared pure democracy. It’s also true of moral freedom: see the decline of . . . . Continue Reading »

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Robert T. Miller replies to R. R. Reno on capitalism and economic freedom : The debate on economic issues between conservatives and liberals is not about whether the government should regulate the market or whether wealth should be redistributed. Rather, the debate between economic conservatives . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel on the radicalism of Pope Francis : “I wish to say to you frankly,” the pope continued, “that I prefer a thousand times an injured Church than a sick Church,” a risk-taking Church to a Church palsied by self-absorption. Thus the vision toward which this pope . . . . Continue Reading »