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What "Dark Ages"

A review of "The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success" by Rodney Stark.

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Now that the hour is come

In these wistful autumnal days when the liturgical commemorations of All Saints and All Souls set the theme, that melody of "Nimrod" and the lines of Gerontius give a confused world a dose of reality. 

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On being wise as serpents

The opening line of a children's poem by Mary Howitt in 1828 is a caution for growing up in a duplicitous world: "'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly."

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Friendship & devotion

A review of "Exiles and Fugitives: The Letters of Jacques and Raissa Maritain, Allen Tate, and Caroline Gordon" (Southern Literary Studies) by Jacques Maritain.

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Evil, be thou my good

Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote and was so loathed that he had to take a night train secretly into Washington for his inauguration.

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