Monthly Archives: March 2018

Richard Dawkins and the Decline of Christianity

I read with great interest this morning that the great evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has warned Europe, the cradle of both Christendom and Western Civilization, not to abandon Christianity wholesale. As Dawkins sees it, Christianity, compared with Islam, … Continue reading

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The Creaky Scaffolding of the West

Evangelical Christians have labored for decades under the assumption that they can reclaim, piece by piece, the secular culture of the West through active engagement with it. Like Sisyphus and his stone, millions of Christians, despite setback after setback, remain … Continue reading

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East Germany and the Strange Case of Symbolic Fusion

People wonder why I’m fascinated by flags.  It’s because flags tell a story, sometimes good, sometimes bad, about the nations that they represent. I’m especially fascinated by the flags and symbolism of East Germany.  They represent a protracted, bitter struggle … Continue reading

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The Limits of Autodidacticism, Part II

I’ve fallen into referring to New York Times columnists, David Brooks and Ross Douthat, as the dancing conservative bears of Mainstream Media. Their presence on the Times’ Editorial Page essentially serves to assure the Times’ erudite readers that they are … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Elusive Quest: A Post-Theistic Faith

I admire much of the theology of Rabbi Irwin Kula. He has settled on a view of religion that apparently closely resembles mine. He regards religion is a form of technology. Kula envisions the 3,500-year-old Jewish faith as being in … Continue reading

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The “Death of God” and the Scramble for a New Moral Order

A social media discussion about Patrick Deneen’s new book on the future of liberalism prompted some thoughts about the loss of faith that has occurred within the West over the last couple of centuries. I think I’ve shared this account … Continue reading

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Would Nazism Ultimately Have Devoured Itself?

I just finished Laurence Rees’ new book on the Holocaust last week. He stresses early in the book how the Nuremburg Laws, an utter catastrophe for Jews, also portended an unusually regimented social order for so-called “Aryan” Germans. Rees raises … Continue reading

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