WHAT FAITH IN GOD DOES AND DOESN'T DO: I'm working on an article for Crisis magazine about how non-Christians view Christianity. (Why don't you buy a copy of the mag when it comes out? Huh? Huh? Why doncha?) I've asked a bunch of non-Christians about this, and gotten some really insightful responses.But one phrase cropped up a lot, often in the most thorough and empathetic responses, and it doesn't ring true to me. Several people referred to "the comfort of religion." I would never deny that … [Read more...]

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THE JIMMY SWAGGART BIBLE POLICE: No, really! The very few people who read this site and not NRO's Corner should go here right now. … [Read more...]

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DERBWATCH: This column has a pretty astonishing story in the middle. (Scroll down to the header "Sima Qian.") Sima's last quote is especially moving. … [Read more...]

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UNNATURAL: Shamed is way, way too excited about the prospect of a campaign-finance-reform-induced sleepover in the Senate. Russo, are you sure he's OK? … [Read more...]

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MY BODY, MY CHOICE: A token gesture from the Yale Free Press, on the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. … [Read more...]

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AFRICA, TYRANNY, AND THE WEST'S RESPONSIBILITY: Excellent, depressing round-up article from the Times of London; I found it through the invaluable Edge of England's Sword. … [Read more...]

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BLACK-COLLAR CRIMES: I don't have a lot to say about the hideous abuser-priest scandals. If you read Rod Dreher's posts to The Corner, you've got more or less my take on it. Many people have implied that celibacy is the problem here, which is strange (let's recap: the Church has required celibacy of most priests for centuries; monks are also celibate, as are Eastern Orthodox monks and bishops--where are their victims?; saying celibacy is the problem implies that men who can't get laid prey on … [Read more...]

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