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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
Religion & Other Curiosities
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Why Not Polyamory?

In a society that is both pluralist and democratic different beliefs and values will have to co-exist. Does this mean that polyamorous arrangements should be sanctioned by the state?

Life in the Caliphate
Images of Rage and of Mercy

ISIS has become a widespread image of pure evil. Yet the global Muslim community can counter the jihadists with ideas—chief among them, perhaps, the centrality of mercy.

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Snow White and the Seventeen Dwarfs

Some offhand observations on the increasingly surreal state of American politics.

China's Rise
Dreams of Empire

Chinese President Xi has found in Confucianism (as he understands it) an ideology useful to the construction of a Chinese model of modernity—which is intended to contribute to the task of empire-building.

Islam and Democracy
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Is Turkey the Key?

Despite recent authoritarian backsliding, could Turkey supply the prototype for a successful synthesis of Islam and democracy?

A Transgender Age
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Warriors and Nurses

In our “transgender” world, some women want to be warriors, others are content to perform the traditional role of gentle care-givers.

Anniversaries
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500 Years of Protestantism

There can be little doubt about Luther’s stature as an agent of historic change, whether intentional of not. To say this is not necessarily an act of homage.

Caution
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The Rainbow Flag Flutters over the U.S. Supreme Court—Now What?

The LGBT movement has been a step forward in the realization of the American democratic experiment. Why then my reluctance to participate in the ongoing victory party?

The Green Pope
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The Fisherman’s Other Shoe Has Dropped

Francis’ prescriptions on the environment are fanciful at best, and represent the latest Vatican lurch to the Left.

The First Amendment
Religion in a Plain Brown Envelope

American progressives want religion to be a pursuit that people engage in privately—rather like pornography.

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The Future of Security

New measures are poised to target intellectual property theft in China even as at least one U.S. clandestine network has been rolled up due to Chinese and Russian efforts.

Polar Shares

Oil, gas, and shipping lanes are all vital strategic interests ready to be claimed in a less icy Arctic, but the U.S. seems to be unprepared for the contest.

crisis in china

Xi’s many enemies are looking for ways to use China’s economic and political problems to mobilize opposition to his power grab—and his economic reforms.

A Field Day for Oil

Egypt’s huge offshore gas discovery isn’t just good news for Cairo. It’s also a stabilizing force for the region.

Brave New Digital World

When it comes to safety and privacy in the internet age, the old U.S. system of balancing civil liberties, government power, and the safety of the community seems to be working even now.

Dolce Far Niente

Greece may have just hit upon a trick that Italy has been pulling on the EU for years: the country agrees to reforms and looks superficially busy implementing them—and all the while the bureaucracy does its best to de-fang every effort.

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