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Catechizing Garry Wills

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Garry Wills—-whose latest book raises a call against the priesthood—-claims that he can remain a Catholic while espousing the common doctrines of low-church Protestantism, without the theologically nuanced arguments that most low-church Protestants make. And he throws out the book of . . . . Continue Reading »

Conservative Environmentalism

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At Public Discourse , Peter Blair reviews Roger Scruton’s intriguing case for a conservative environmentalism: In the conservative vision, threats to one’s home, environmental or otherwise, are met by public spiritedness, by volunteering efforts united by what Scruton calls “ . . . . Continue Reading »

Somebody Talkin Bout Jesus

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Chanticleer, one of America’s finest choral groups, has introduced me to Christmas spirituals and gospel music. Here’s my discovery for this year: “Somebody Talkin Bout Jesus.” [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tiyUt1SNaU?rel=0&w=500&h=281] . . . . Continue Reading »

On Chivalry

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Should we scrap chivalry as sexist? At the Atlantic , Emily Esfahani Smith writes that we should instead reground it in its original roots : Historically, the chivalry ideal and the practices that it gave rise to were never about putting women down, as Connelly and other feminists argue. . . . . Continue Reading »