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Coercing our conscienceRussell Shaw

Imagine the government ordered Ford dealers to post signs telling prospective auto buyers to check out Chevrolet or required vegan restaurants to give diners menus listing the offerings at neighborhood ...

The Marriage Divide Russell Shaw

Among the benign myths that lie close to the hearts of many Americans is the belief that, in the end, social class differences don't count for all that much. It's the Horatio Alger story: hard work and ...

Talking past each otherRussell Shaw

The challenge of finding language in which believers and non-believers can communicate is unintentionally illustrated in a bestselling new book which predicts that human beings will soon reinvent themselves ...

America First? Russell Shaw

A few weeks back I woke up one morning to the news that 200 U.S. troops were participating in war games with the Egyptian army. My immediate, unpremeditated reaction was: Good grief--Egypt. What next? A ...

Groupthinking and moral viewsRussell Shaw

As a kind of back-to-school gift to students, professors at three of the nation's prestige schools offered them a piece of good advice: "Think for yourself." "The danger any student--or faculty member--faces ...

Impromptu threats are counterproductive Russell Shaw

Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong Un are unalike in many ways, but one thing the strongmen of Venezuela and North Korea do have in common: both have been threatened by President Donald Trump. Both cases also ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Ignoring the role played by Christianity in shaping Europe Russell Shaw

Looking at things from this side of the Atlantic, it is easy to think of Europe as a single, united entity. Seen up close it's not so clear. National identity keeps getting in the way. French, German, ...