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Religious Affiliation in America

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This month’s Pew Report on religious affiliation in America has drawn much well-deserved attention, particularly two of its findings: a continuing increase in the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion – the “Nones” – and a continuing decrease in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Pussy Riot and WEIRD Values

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Last week’s post about WEIRD values (that’s “Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic”) drew a number of comments. Readers focused on the implications for the West’s relations with the Muslim world. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the clash is not . . . . Continue Reading »

Kalanges on Radical Orthodoxy

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Over at CLR Forum , Notre Dame’s Kristine Kalanges is having a discussion with me and my colleague Marc DeGirolami about Radical Orthodoxy, an intellectual movement that originated in 1990s Britain, and its implications for political theory. Kristine argues that Radical Orthodoxy can provide . . . . Continue Reading »

WEIRD Values

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At a lawyers conference I attended recently, the conversation turned to “The Innocence of Muslims,” the  offensive YouTube video  that has sparked riots throughout the Muslim world. “Why do they react this way?” a partner at a major law firm asked, referring to Muslim . . . . Continue Reading »

Armenian Golgotha

From the January 2010 Print Edition

Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915“1918 by Grigoris Balakian translated by Peter Balakian and Aris Sevag Knopf, 509 pages, $35 On April 24, 1915, police arrested 250 leaders of the Armenian community in Istanbul and deported them to the Turkish interior. Among them was . . . . Continue Reading »

When Worlds Collide

From the February 2005 Print Edition

Snow by Orhan Pamuk Knopf. 426 pp. $26. Two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk published an essay in the New York Review of Books (titled “The Anger of the Damned”) in which Pamuk, who is often mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize, tried . . . . Continue Reading »