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The People's Republic of Amnesia

Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

Last Word: Room for Both?

A low voice emerged: “Welcome to my home. Please, sit.” My host and I shook hands, and I took the chair opposite. I remember the details because he was a terrorist.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.

Will We Torture Again?

Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again? In light of reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear we can't.

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama's new book examines the rise and decline of the American political system in the broader history of democratic process, intelligently & enjoyably.

The Illusion of Control

Instead of accepting the cold calculus of politicians, we should look to something deeper for clues about the real sources of peace and conflict.

The Case Against Intervention

Recent evidence suggests that if we intervene in Syria, we are less likely to end the suffering than to compound it, stretching the killing out over decades.

Muddled?

The United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

Unaccountable

Though an intelligence agency operates largely in secret, its credibility depends on respect for the law and clear accountability.
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Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 2 comments

American Reckoning

March 26, 2015 | 3 comments

Hitler's First Victims

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

The People's Republic of Amnesia

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments