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Farewell to Judgment

The sciences aim to explain the world: they build theories that are tested through experiment, and which describe the workings of nature and the deep connections between cause and effect. Nothing like that is true of the humanities.

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Praying With Mozart and China

Much of the world is looking to the Olympics in Beijing next month as the major 2008 landmark in Chinas relationship with the West. But for me, that landmark already came.

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Music for the End of Time

Although not raised by particularly religious parents, Olivier Messiaen described himself as having been "born a believer," and remarked that the most important function of his music was "[to shed] light on the theological truths of the Catholic faith."

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