Saturday Series
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Crisis in the context of history

Books | Looking at the coronavirus and racial protests through America’s past
by Lance Morrow
Posted 4/10/21, 04:48 pm

Author Lance Morrow was a Luce-ist for years and at age 81 is still a lucid essayist. Morrow wrote 150-plus cover stories for Henry Luce’s Time and often explained ideas by describing binaries, dueling visions. In this book he connects 2020 protests to the 115-year-old debates between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Morrow describes two schools of thought on how to use money to do good—philanthropy and charity, or government. He notes two schools of journalistic history-writing—Thucydides vs. Herodotus—but overlooks the apostle Luke.

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Remembering Henry Hyde

Life | The legacy of the congressman who authored the pro-life Hyde Amendment
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/01/21, 12:24 pm

The Hyde Amendment has been in the news recently, but its author is often forgotten. Henry Hyde from 1975 to 2007 was a Republican member of the House of Representatives. On Nov. 5, 2007, at age 83, he received in a hospital room the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, as he seemed to be recovering from open heart surgery. He died three weeks later. The article below was originally published in the March 9, 1992 issue of Christianity Today.

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The threat of therapeutic culture

Books | Why a civilization would welcome soft totalitarianism
by Rod Dreher
Posted 3/27/21, 09:02 am

I liked Rod Dreher’s previous book, The Benedict Option, but told him that if harassment of Christians grew to the point where that option became essential, so would the unwillingness of empowered authorities to live and let live. Dreher’s new book is a manual for spiritual survival if a surveillance state imposes secularism on all. He summarizes well what we can learn from those who lived under 20th century totalitarianism.

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