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The Christian revolution

Books | And its influence on a secular historian
by Tom Holland
Posted 1/25/20, 11:09 am

In Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, scholar Tom Holland notes that ancient Rome had no problem assigning divine status to victors, as measured by the power to crucify opponents—but to see a crucified man as God was anathema. He shows how the last-shall-be-first understanding has played out over two millennia throughout the West and then the whole world, as the cross became a symbol of courage amid adversity rather than disgrace.

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Abortion and legal minimalism

Abortion | The goal in the 19th century was to contain the killing of the unborn
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/18/20, 01:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that we lament on its Jan. 22 anniversary swept away the abortion laws of all 50 states. Those laws had not sprung up instantaneously. They were typically the product of decades of social development, discussion, and debate—and sometimes legislative wheeling and dealing as well.

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The Tolkien Society

Lord of the Rings protector Christopher Tolkien dies

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/17/20, 11:47 am

Christopher Tolkien, son of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, has died at age 95. The Tolkien Society and HarperCollins UK on Thursday confirmed his death but did not provide additional information. His wife Baillie, his sister Priscilla, and his three children, Simon, Adam, and Rachel, survive him.

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