What makes the West exceptional?
Let's start with a couple of questions that are bound to be on the minds of people outside church circles.
Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein.
The recent spate of suicides by the rich and famous is a symptom of our growing sense of gloom.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, an Oxford-based scientist wrote a short and moving book examining the truths of the Christian faith in a "scientific way."
How did we get here?
My title explains itself. But it is misleading.
Even atheists acknowledge that the book that is most responsible for creating Western civilization is the Bible.
These days I find I'm more alert to the grief and sorrow around me than I once was.
Ten years ago, when I was a visiting scholar at the North American College in Rome, I fell into a spirited conversation with one of the seminarians about the state of evangelization in America.