Hebraism Redoubled

From the January 2014 Print Edition

The blow to Christian egos may not be such a bad thing. Christians, particularly those in the West who are heirs to many centuries of political and cultural dominance, must learn to contend with shrinking influence and growing marginalization, even vilification, where they once enjoyed a high, even . . . . Continue Reading »

Liberalism After Liberalism

From the May 2012 Print Edition

“Liberalism After Liberalism” is one of three addresses given to a symposium on “After Liberalism,” put on in late February with the support of the Simon/Hertog Fund for Policy Analysis and of Fieldstead and Company. Yuval Levin and James Rogers responded to this paper. The other two . . . . Continue Reading »

The Living City

From the December 2011 Print Edition

Works of social criticism often do not wear well, and even the best of them tend to fade in interest by their fiftieth birthday. Either the tools of analysis change, or the conditions being analyzed, and very often both. Once-essential works become strictly historical documents, artifacts giving . . . . Continue Reading »

The Moral Economy of Guilt

From the May 2011 Print Edition

In his grand and gloomy book Civilization and Its Discontents , Sigmund Freud identified the tenacious sense of guilt as “the most important problem in the development of civilization.” In fact, he continued, it seems that “the price we pay for our advance in civilization is a loss . . . . Continue Reading »

Whig History at Eighty

From the March 2011 Print Edition

It is odd that in the many recent discussions about what it might mean to pursue a more self-consciously “Christian” approach to scholarship, debates that were given fresh urgency over a decade ago by George Marsden’s book The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship , the name of . . . . Continue Reading »

Keeping Time

From the June/July 2009 Print Edition

A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor New York Review Books, 112 pages, $12.95 paper One of the most memorable films of the decade was also one of the most countercultural: Philip Gröning’s 2005 Into Great Silence . This severely unadorned, unnarrated, and unsoundtracked . . . . Continue Reading »

Mediating Institutions

From the April 2009 Print Edition

To Empower People: From State to Civil Society Twentieth Anniversary ­Edition by Richard John Neuhaus and Peter Berger American Enterprise Institute, 244 pages, $25 Because Richard John Neuhaus was so prolific, and his interests were so amazingly broad and diverse, even his most devoted . . . . Continue Reading »

The Danger of Abstract Words

From Web Exclusives

We have a chronic problem in America with abstract words. We cannot do without them, since they are carriers of our highest ideals and aspirations: “justice,” “democracy,” “dignity,” “liberty.” But it is for precisely this reason that we should beware of them, . . . . Continue Reading »