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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 »

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James R. Rogers on the changing religious identities of Protestants and Catholics : While strong Protestants haven’t gained in the overall population, despite gaining proportionally among self-identified Protestants, they also haven’t lost ground in the overall population during this . . . . Continue Reading »

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William Doino Jr. reviews Rod Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Leming : For all its idiosyncrasies and hardships, St. Francisville was a place where many people are born and die in the same place, alongside the same folks they grew up with. Those kind of social bonds, broad and deep, are . . . . Continue Reading »

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Peter Leithart reviews Ephraim Radner’s A Brutal Unity : Radner traces the murderous divisiveness of Christianity back to Epiphanius’ fourth-century treatise “Refutation of all Heresies.” The “Epiphanian paradigm” treats intra-Christian discord as apostasy and . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel reviews the newest baseball movie : Now comes  42 , the long-awaited cinematic telling of the Jackie Robinson story, which I recently saw on a snowy April Sunday afternoon in the Twin Cities. I wouldn’t call it a great movie (like, for example,  The King’s Speech . . . . Continue Reading »