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The problematic concept of religion

Christmas time highlights — usually in relatively trivial ways — the tensions between traditionalists and advocates of progressive forms of secularism and multiculturalism. The underlying issues run deep, however, and go to the heart of some basic political principles and … Continue reading

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Why are you a conservative?

This is addressed to people who consider themselves fundamentally conservative, and not libertarian, and, also reject the supernatural. By this, I mean that if you do support libertarian policies (I often do) it is not necessarily because you are at … Continue reading

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Bachmann interprets Hurricane Irene and Perry prays for rain

Michelle Bachman recently suggested that the summer’s catastrophic weather reflects God’s displeasure with the course of American politics: “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians . . . We’ve had an … Continue reading

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How America is a little like Pakistan

Cross-posted from Discover. Recently a “hot story” in the barbaric nation that is Pakistan is that a politician did not know how to recite a prayer properly. An important back story here is that Muslims generally pray in Arabic, but … Continue reading

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Faith and finance

The argument that the current financial crisis was at least partly caused by the retreat of religion from the public square and by rising secularism will undoubtedly recur regularly over the next few years.  These are complex matters, and those … Continue reading

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Neither a borrower nor a lender be

It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. (Pastor Rick Warren’s inaugural prayer.) The Christian world-view holds that all human virtues are a loan from God.  The secularist responds: “Quite the opposite.”  Compassion, love, and mercy are human … Continue reading

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Going to school v. going to church

The teen birth rate has started climbing again. As usual, it’s highest in red states and states with high black and Hispanic populations and lowest in New England blue states. In 2006, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas topped the list, … Continue reading

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An Anodyne Age?

I’m almost finished with What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. Reading this and other books on this period of American history I’m struck by how milquetoast the public discussion of religion is in the political domain today … Continue reading

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