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Living With a Mind

I was brought up in a culture that made no special place for the "intellectual" as a distinct human type, and which regarded learning in the same way as any other hobby: harmless and excusable, so long as you kept quiet about it. 

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Columbus and Conquest

When the four hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America was observed in 1892, the atmosphere was one of celebration. 

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What We Owe the Monks

When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger took the name Benedict XVI in late April, observers immediately speculated as to what it meant. Papal names often carry great significance. 

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