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Merry Christmas, dear readers! As you prepare for 2020, take a moment to revisit some of our top essays from 2019. The following list is sorted by pageviews, with separate sections for print articles and web exclusives. 

Our 25 Most Popular Print Articles: 

1. Back Row America, Chris Arnade

2. Taleb the Philosopher, Joshua P. Hochschild

3. Crimes in Concrete, Theodore Dalrymple

4. A New Conservative Agenda, Daniel McCarthy

5. Why I Became Muslim, Jacob Williams

6. Catholicism Made Me Protestant, Onsi A. Kamel

7. A Certain Idea of France, Peter Hitchens

8. Giving the Boot, Sohrab Ahmari

9. A Failing Papacy, R. R. Reno

10. False Feminism, Katherine Kersten

11. Restoration, Michel Houellebecq and Geoffroy Lejeune

12. The True Con, Matthew Schmitz

13. Opiate of the Theologians, Michael McClymond

14. The Outsider, Matthew Rose

15. Harrowing Hart on Hell, Douglas Farrow

16. Immigration Idealism, Matthew Schmitz

17. Bodily Curiosities, Joseph Epstein

18. The Caudillo, Peter Hitchens

19. Letter to an Aspiring Priest, Thomas Joseph White

20. The New American Right, Sohrab Ahmari

21. Bourgeois Vice, Matthew Schmitz

22. Islam Made Me Christian, Alessandra Bocchi

23. How to Regulate Pornography, Terry Schilling

24. The Demon in Middlebury, Ryszard Legutko

25. Fear of the Word, Hans Boersma

Our 25 Most Popular Web Exclusives: 

1. Against David French-ism, Sohrab Ahmari

2. Kissing Christianity Goodbye, Carl R. Trueman

3. Against the Dead Consensus, Various

4. Benedict and the Scandal, Charles J. Chaput

5. Two Popes, Too Many Untruths, John Waters

6. The Pell Affair: Australia Is Now On Trial, George Weigel

7. Porn Is Not a Blessing of Liberty, Josh Hammer

8. Evangelical Elites Are Out of Touch, Carl R. Trueman

9. Excommunicate Cuomo, Ed Condon

10. Don’t See Joker, Alexi Sargeant

11. Trans Men Erase Women, Charlotte Allen

12. Pope Francis Forgets, Dan Hitchens

13. The New Family Violence, Douglas Farrow

14. The Australian Disgrace, George Weigel

15. The Ratzinger Diagnosis, George Weigel

16. Hitler the Progressive, Peter Hitchens

17. Statement on the New York State Abortion Law of 2019, Evangelicals and Catholics Together

18. Benedict and His Critics, Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller

19. The Amazon Synod Is a Sign of the Times, Douglas Farrow

20. A German Attack on Christ’s Lordship, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

21. The Case for Keeping Trump, Peter J. Leithart

22. Abortion and Eugenics, Clarence Thomas

23. Cardinal Pell, Scapegoat, Matthew Schmitz 

24. The Most Anti-Christian Country on Earth, John Waters

25. Is Pope Francis a Heretic?, Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap.

In 2020, we’ll bring you more of the same—but not without your support. For more outstanding writing on religion and public life in the new year, please make a donation today! 

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