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Are jihadis “losers”?

July 26, 2017 George Weigel 11

When I first visited Israel in 1988, my friend Professor Menahem Milson, a distinguished Arabist at Hebrew University who was Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s military aide during Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem in 1977, told […]

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The cooler Cold War

July 19, 2017 George Weigel 11

The claim that “the Cold War is over” and that the West needs a “new paradigm” for relations with Russia has become an antiphon in some conservative political circles – not least conservative Christian circles. […]

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The summer reading list

June 28, 2017 George Weigel 6

I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists the school suggests to those […]

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It’s Howdy Doody Time!

June 21, 2017 George Weigel 12

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent […]

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Way beyond the New Atheist nonsense

June 14, 2017 George Weigel 3

Given the intellectual flimsiness of their work, it’s best to look for cultural causes to explain the “New Atheists”’ popularity. And surely one factor here is the now-canonical notion in Western high culture that biblical […]