The New American Religion

The following is from Pierre Lemieux's Introduction to The Idea of America, a collection historical essays collected by Lemieux and William Bonner, published by Laissez Faire Books: During the twentieth century, the authoritarian strand in American religion abated. The battles won by the Larry Flints during the second half of the century suggested that Puritanism …

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Finding Jesus Christ in Genesis 2

Listening to a podcast by Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, I came across the following glorious tidbits that are examples of how the early church fathers read the Old Testament from the perspective of the New Testament and found many links. (This is generally called "typology" by the way.) Adam was …

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Could This Be a bit of One-upmanship?

A random thought that came to me while reading Colin Gunton's essay, Enlightenment and Alienation: One of the features of the Enlightenment, as far back as Roger Bacon, to Kant (the culmination of the Enlightenment proper) and beyond is the premise that rational thought, or as we typically think of it today, scientific thought, can …

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Just Like Mississippi … Without the “Benefits”

I'm sitting outside reading this morning. A big, rainy system has just passed through (complete with a hard breakfast rain and occasional thunder). But that is all past and everything is April/May green (it's been a rainy July!) and the humidity is heavy enough to reveal itself as a light fog. It is both very …

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The End of Marriage in New York

James Matthew Wilson has been waxing eloquent on the meaning of marriage and sexual mores for quite some time, but I found his latest article to be exeptional. Here's a brief quote (actually referring to an article written by Robert George). The legislation [in New York legalizing gay marriage] effectively ends marriage as a reality …

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