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Vapid Goodyness

In his diagnosis of the "malaises of modernity," the philosopher Charles Taylor claims that our disenchanted culture suffers from a lack of depth, particularly obvious "in what should be the crucial moments of life: birth, marriage, death."

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The Unification of Europe

In 1988 as Pope John Paul II began his speech to the European Parliament, Ian Paisley, a member for Northern Ireland, shouted that the pope was the Antichrist. 

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Intolerance and evangelization

Cardinal Robert Sarah is one of the adornments of the Catholic Church, although it's very unlikely that this man of faith, humor, intelligence, and profound humility would appreciate my putting it that way.

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The Frivolity of Evil

My work has caused me to become perhaps unhealthily preoccupied with the problem of evil.  Why do people commit evil?  What conditions allow it to flourish?  How is it best prevented and, when necessary, suppressed?

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