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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
Martin Luther before the Diet of Worms.
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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Manpower

Ukraine has had to institute six drafts this year alone in order to keep up with the war in the eastern regions, but because of rampant draft dodging it still has less than half the recruits it needs.

Limping to Paris

The Polish party likeliest to win October elections is coming out against a binding Global Climate Treaty.

Putin's Power Ploys

Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s family pushes back against latest Kremlin propaganda initiative.

Public Opinion

The Russian president is still popular, but not as much as he was before falling oil prices and Western sanctions put the squeeze on people’s budgets.

Crude Economics

Bargain-basement oil prices have Venezuela on the ropes, but don’t expect the Saudis to cave in and cut production.

The Yemeni Civil War

As the Saudis enter Sana’a, casualties will likely skyrocket.

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