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The Role of Christian Anthropology in Welfare Reform

Past articulations of social policy have tended to ignore basic truths about the human person, leading to negative, long-term consequences for those in need. The rehabilitation of the proper exercise of human freedom is both the foundation and the goal of the future of welfare reform.

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Rising Up From Flanders Fields

Europe is old enough to have learned some important lessons in thinking about war and peace. But Europe also needs to recover the North American sense that evil can be fought, that it is shameful to appease aggressors and that wars can be won with pride and decency. Both are necessary elements in the Christian moral tradition on war and peace.

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How to Think About Globalization

Soon after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the Economist published an editorial examining "the roots of hatred" underlying it. Many reasons for why people might hate the United States were considered.

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John Paul II and the Truth about Freedom

The contemporary crisis of freedom is at root a crisis of truth. In our own day, John Paul II has clearly demonstrated the inseparable connection between freedom and truth. In the course of his long career, he has eloquently and forcefully proclaimed the principles that must underlie every free society, including the American experiment in ordered liberty.

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Human Rights for All

The parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that speak to economic and social justice are almost completely ignored today; even by the major human rights organizations. It seems to me that the most pressing task for friends of human rights today is to re-unite the two halves of the divided soul of the human rights project its commitment to personal freedom and its sense of one human family for which we all bear a common responsibility.

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Better Off Dead? Whats Wrong with Wrongful Birth Lawsuits

In my favorite movie, George Bailey falls under the terrible illusion that everyone around him would be better off if he had never even been born. To show him how tragically misguided he is, his guardian angel Clarence shows him what the world would be like without him, and I dont think Im ruining the ending for anyone George realizes that his really has been a wonderful life. In 2002, a plaintiffs attorney might get to George quicker than an angel.

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Stopping the International Criminal Court

All indications are that the newly established ICC poses a serious threat to both American sovereignty and religious liberty. Written originally for Crisis magazine, this article includes an addendum - written by the author especially for CERC - which makes note of a number of important developments that have occurred since the original date of publication.

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Government Cannot Love

In the midst of Valentines Day sentiment, its refreshing to hear someone who speaks plainly about love. At a White House briefing on February 6, Jim Towey, the new Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, said something that ought to be heard government cannot love.

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Good Wars

The most noteworthy aspect of the moral approach to warfare in Aquinas and Calvin is that it teaches that a failure to engage in a just war is a failure of virtue, a failure to act well.

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