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When everything looks good and optimism is up, that’s a sure sign everything is about to tank.
Do we really know what socialism is? Would we sign up for it if we did?
Hidden away in an early chapter of Animal Farm, before the reader has caught even a whiff of Napoleon’s totalitarian ambitions, a single word reveals the moral rot at the core of Communism.
The objective of critical race theory? “Remake society so that the victim class eventually displaces the oppressors and becomes the new ruling class.”
The eminent expert in communicating science botches his explanation.
Jordan Peterson is in the midst of the darkest period of his life, a situation that has caused much rejoicing among his supposedly compassionate critics.
Jordan Peterson has been an inspiration to many young people, but his illness reveals a large item lacking in his philosophy.
Have humans become an indoor species?
Philodoxer: lover of opinion.
How did we ever come to the assumption that society progresses as it moves along?
There need be no cultural war when one of the contenders fails to show up, supposing that he still exists.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” rests on a basis that most modern people, especially the educated, reject.
Does woke culture use poverty and homelessness as a cover and justification to discuss its complaints with First World problems?
If there’s no such thing as a free individual, then free speech simply doesn’t exist.
Many of us make New Year's resolutions to kick a bad habit. Here's one thing you'll need to learn do to have a high chance of success in 2020.
We seek to protect the bodies of human beings while at the same time we often neglect teaching morality and nurturing the spirit.
Marx had a keen eye for nonsense, except when he himself was writing it.
By changing our habits, we can become more thankful human beings.
It's not student loan debt, or non-family-friendly employment policies.
Thanksgiving discussions are best when warm, rather than too hot or cold.
Closing the gap between wanting to be grateful and actually feeling grateful is more a matter of allowing than doing.
Education is not about political influence, but about responsible freedom through a well-developed mind.
Socialism is more than political. It's a secular religion.
The lessons of history and human nature should warn us against socialism. Millennials seem to be willfully ignorant of both.
Should Piers Morgan be fired for his view on gender?
Seventy percent of millennials say they would likely vote for a socialist. Are cities to blame?
The atheistic social experiments are not societies. If we pretend they are, our future is red.
Marriage is growing rare, even obsolete. It might be because of Romanticism.
'Left-wing gender fascism' wants to kill binaries, but they have one problem: the children.
If Republicans only drink Dunkin, and Democrats shop at Target, do our separate habits mean separate worlds?
American culture today demands so little from young people in terms of moral expectations. It's time to realize they're capable of much more than we ask for.
A classic children's novel questions the central tenant of transhumanism.
Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.
When faced with a challenge, most of us have received advice to “just be yourself.” Those offering advice have good intentions, but are rather misled.
We don’t need ideology. We need ideas.
All I saw were villains, saying predictable things and unwilling to learn and change.
If you see some barbarian curling in the squat rack, take action. You may be surprised how drastically you alter someone’s worldview.
True to form, Elon Musk has a new idea to improve humanity. But will it actually make us better?
The upcoming book, “Overdoing Democracy,” argues that polarization isn’t about where you get your news or how politicians are divided – it’s about how a person’s political identity is wrapped up with almost everything they do.
Communists killed millions of their citizens and severely persecuted Christians. I was thinking of all this because America, the magazine published by America’s Jesuits, recently featured an essay making “The Catholic Case for...
Aaron Sarin's "When the Lion Wakes" reveals harrowing truths about the Chinese Communist Party.
Statistics show there may exist more Good Samaritans than many believe, thus forcing us to rethink the Bystander Effect.
How much influence should an ancient text have on the way modern people lead their lives?
What if we're pursuing happiness the wrong way?
The right to the pursuit of happiness is coherent only in the full theological context of the Declaration of Independence.
Youthful idealism plays a role, but family and work experience are just as important.
If you want to effectively relieve stress, set aside the yoga mat, get out a couple mitts and a baseball, and play catch instead.
Underneath its unoriginal premise, a Netflix show toys with the idea of giving the human race a complete reset.
Even if most of us are still using plastic drinking straws and driving gas-guzzlers, the words of the prophet from Stockholm have not fallen on dry ground.
Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.
These brilliant tweets highlight something important that Joel Osteen gets wrong.
What if words are all we have? What if they are one of the only shields left to absorb the hammer blows of our circumstances and failures?
James Holzhauer doesn't skirt the rules, he just plays unconventionally---a good tableau for life.
How often have you heard someone praised for having an open mind? Pretty often, I’d bet.
Given our society's current inability to engage in rational discourse, a renewed appreciation for the logos as a shared commitment to seeking and articulating truth could be our only hope.
George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.
When someone talks about someone having "rights," what do they mean?
As we let go of outrage, we are not only more forgiving of others but also more forgiving of ourselves.
It could be argued that today’s young “snowflakes” are the obvious products of a lifetime immersion in digitalism.
Jordan Peterson and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek will debate “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism" in April.
Time seems to go faster as we age. When we were children, the school year and then the summer seemed to stretch forever. As adults, we wonder where the time went.
Who among us has not suffered discouragement, doubt, or sadness?
All of us, liberals and conservatives, need laughter. Not the snide humor of some late-night comedians, mind you, but the rolling guffaw our attackers deserve, a belly laugh of epic...
The Swiss psychologist foresaw and lamented the West's break with tradition and the loneliness of modernity.
The Zogby and Harvard/Harris polls showing rising support for socialism among Democrats are not outliers.
From the comfort of our armchair, The Office shows us what we see in others, we can see in ourselves.
In essence, Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson are encouraging and equipping people to pull their lives together.
Arthur Schopenhauer should be named as the official philosopher of the internet.
In 1971, John Lennon asked us to imagine a world with "no heaven," "no hell," "no religion," and "nothing to kill or die for."
They Shall Not Grow Old is an extremely painful and powerful film to watch.
Does open discussion of ideas bring greater contention, or not?
People may spend their lives seeking permanent solutions to ease feelings of stress in their lives. Such solutions may seem tantalizingly close; in reality, they are out of reach.
Given the strong and complex feelings involved, you may be prone to the empathy gap in the search for the perfect partner.
"We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious."
It appears that the genre of young-man-in-Mom’s-basement is no longer looked down upon but is in fact extolled as a viable career choice.
Bernie is likely too old to perceive this insight. But what about AOC and her fellow millennials?
If one is an adherent of Marcuesean philosophy, then one could easily justify using fascist tactics in the name of fighting fascism.
The humanitarian lie is in important respects less horrifying than the totalitarian one, but it is rooted in the same contempt for the political nature of man and the same ignorance of the human soul.
Is it time we "affirm the knight"?
No lasting self-improvement will come from self-hatred, but no real positive emotion will be gained without striving.
Is Tucker Carlson right to argue that the free market can be destructive to the family?
Although many, including President Teddy Roosevelt, saw eugenics as a social good, G. K. Chesterton was not among them.
The Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Harry Potter. These beloved fantasies, despite their differences in tone and setting, all have one thing in common.
For decades, Shaw was a staunch proponent of genocide, refusing to soften his views even after the full horror of the Nazi death camps was brought to light.
Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?
Trump's success as a communicator may have something to do with the fact that he employs Aristotle's tips on effective rhetoric.
Merriam-Webster has picked the word 'justice' for 2018. But are we practicing the wrong definition of the word?
Technological advance continues and nothing seems to stop it or slow it down. Philosopher Ortega Y Gasset says that this is rooted in the nature of man.
If you are looking for a New Year's Day read, then look no further than Camille Pagilia's Provocations.
Walker Percy thinks that depression has philosophical roots. Materialism leads to a loss of human dignity, and that leads to depression.
The experiments in China with genetically modified babies is just the beginning of what could go wrong.
The recent questioning of the minimum presidential age raises the issue.
The end result of moral nihilism, as the Soviets demonstrated, is death and destruction on an industrial scale.
‘Emotional’ is perhaps the last word we can apply to some of the most important events.
A Europe that doesn't listen to its people's outrage won't remain intact.
The science that for most of the 20th century portrayed itself as the enlightened alternative to organized religion has taken a decidedly spiritual turn.
To some, Jordan Peterson is a breath of fresh air. To others, a guru. Many find him and his ideas to be dangerous. Still others see him as a sign of the times. In a sense, they’re all right.
It seems there’s always some Grinch that wants to ruin Christmas every year.
Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid?
“We did not create or fashion ourselves, and we did not get to where we are in life by ourselves. So living in gratitude is living in truth.” Living out of ingratitude is living a lie.
A sense of lack generates anxious feelings.
It comes from Oscar Wilde's play, "A Woman of No Importance."
Of all the disturbing developments in culture and ideas over the last several years few have been more disturbing than the reemergence of communism and socialism.
Jones sought to “infiltrate the church” to spread the communist message.
Today's reformation has many similarities with the one which occurred 500 years ago, only today's is not happening in the churches.
Every episode of The Office provides a master class in how an NPC behaves. Michael ignores the warning signs that he is an NPC, but we don’t have to.
In an age where individuals are increasingly falling for socialist nostrums, Thomas Merton provides timeless lessons about why people choose bankrupt ideologies such as communism.
They claim they've merely inherited a tradition from the 1930s Left. Here's why that's wrong.
What is Bulverism and why has it become so prevalent?
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago offers some poignant advice for dealing with the friction in today's society.
We’re used to hearing that American college students don’t like reading and avoid tough courses where they have to. But a new course at the University of Oklahoma (OU) proves that many students are eager for a demanding course.
The Canadian psychologist has set off left-wing ideological Geiger counters around the world, and for good reason.
Civil wars happen when there is a profound philosophical incompatibility inside a nation.
Sexbots used to be limited to science fiction movies. Now they are on the verge of being mass produced.
The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a bed rock principle of Western Civilization. Protecting individuals from angry mobs remains a basic task of our judicial system.
Change is awesome, but transition is terrifying, and sometimes changing your state in life (even to the slightest degree) feels as dramatic and painful as trying to saw your arm off.
The problem that any rational thinker needs to tackle is that the science increasingly shows that atheists are no more rational than...
Common sense that today's young people have forgotten?
Chesterton was generally sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but not in the case of easy divorce.
Venezualan dicator Nicolas Maduro appears to fulfill all the requirements of a tyrant who ought to be removed from office by assassination. But is killing a tyrant ever a good idea?
Would childhood anxiety and depression diminish if more parents followed through on giving chores?
Leslie Rubin’s brilliant study argues that the fault, dear America, lies not in our stars but in ourselves—our repudiation in the past century of the moderate liberal philosophy which was steeped in Aristotelian wisdom about favoring the...
But is a shopping mall exactly what we have reduced the university to?
Lowering your expectations might be the first step towards happiness.
Despite the proliferation of the ad hominem, there are serious reasons it should be avoided. Here are five of them.
Does the modern culture leave young people with a narrative that they must fear and mistrust love?
The communist ideology in its purest form might be separated from its implementations, but at what point does it’s awful track record discredit any attempts to advocate it?
Is wealth inequality bad? Here are three important questions to ask.
The Story and Symbolism Behind the Most Chilling Image in the History of Western Art
Science is like a car: it can get us where we want to go, but it should never decide where we go.
Gratitude has long enjoyed a privileged position in many of the world’s faith traditions. Recent scientific studies support these ancient teachings.
A Canadian man lowered his premiums by $91 per month--simply by identifying as a woman on government forms.
On Tuesday, August 7, The Charlemagne Institute (Intellectual Takeout's parent organization) is inviting ALL high school and college students to our seminar 'America's Founding Principles'.
While there are undeniably a great number of fundamental differences between Islam and Christianity, there are a handful of concepts the two popular religions share.
New research allows scientists "to rewrite the DNA bound up in living cells," and now an ethics panel suggests this may be "morally permissible."
The liberal rage against the border wall has much to do with the nature of boundaries. Walls, borders, and fences are manifestations of restraint. Fallen humanity naturally resists the restraints of order that keep the unbridled passions under...
We spend most of our lives not truly living at all but shoring up goods for some time in the future when we can enjoy them—which never comes since we have incapacitated ourselves from enjoying the present.
Comfortable shoes, Thanksgiving turkeys, and geometry can all teach us about happiness and the Divine.
Somewhere along the way, we forgot how to argue well. Help restore civil discourse.
Human rights can be a polarizing topic in modern political discourse. So where do rights come from, and how do modern views of rights differ from those of the Founders?
For the unlucky few who win the internet lottery, misdeeds become fodder for public judgement. Did the severity of the crime match the severity of the punishment?
While democracy historically was part of the great movement for human liberty, majorities potentially could be as dictatorial and dangerous as the most ruthless and oppressive kings and princes of the past.
A recently released report found an “institutionalized regime” of disregard for human life at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
“Sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day..."
Although math is a useful tool, mathematicians throughout history have considered it to have a much higher purpose.
Much more than an idea, liberty is a guiding principle for our lives and interactions in the world.
Why would bare-knuckle, mob-style, illegal fighting be so popular for anyone?
Today we see a great fear between the opposing political parties. Is a loss of personal identity at play?
Netflix recently imposed draconically-strict rules on interaction that border on parody, illustrating how our view of consent is beginning to morph into mollycoddled nannying.
“Pay attention. Confront chaos. Accept responsibility. Make the world a better place.”
In April 1945, three days before his death, Adolf Hitler expressed regret that he'd 'been so kind.'
This is my life: Imagine a dagger thrust into your solar plexus. Now imagine that dagger with you at every step of life, whether it be the mundane or the joyous, such as the birth of your child or the celebration of a wedding anniversary....
With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality
In his 1989 book Oracle at the Supermarket, psychologist Steven Starker explained how the self-help industry had become a sort of spiritual guide for individuals seeking answers.
There is a long-standing hypothesis in psychology that helps us understand. It’s called cognitive dissonance theory.
Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?
“Cultural Marxism” is a bogeyman invoked by conservatives to explain events as varied as the FBI’s trouble with Trump, the evolution of the rock group U2, transgender rights, and the results of the abortion referendum in Ireland.
Cicero is rarely read today, except by students of Classics and Latin. However, to understand the history of political thought, Cicero is an invaluable resource.
Complaining can become a state of mind, and in this state of mind humans tend to become less happy and effective.
A hilarious episode of 'Gumball' has fun with the palpable intolerance of social justice tolerance.
In his 'Meditations,' Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed that a key to growth is training ourselves to do the things we don't wish to do.
Sam Haselby says this “should be the end times” for American patriotism. Yet the opposite seems to be happening, and he can’t understand why.
Twenty-five hundred years ago Socrates asked a Sophist orator named Thrasymachus the meaning of justice. It's a question we're still struggling to answer.
Back in the days of Ancient Rome and Greece, the founding fathers of the stoic school of philosophy taught the importance of clear-mindedness and rationalism in the development both of the self and of society.
The empirical evidence that you are not special is overwhelming, David McCullough Jr. famously observed in a 2012 graduation speech.
Dogma cannot be separated from education, G.K. Chesterton argued.
Even intellectual giants cling to their dogmas. But does this intellectual intolerance do a disservice to the advancement of ideas?
The question "Is truth dead?" expresses a legitimate concern in an age of rampant subjectivity. But truth will never die.
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius believed that battling reality was futile.
The choice between virtue and vice is a human choice.
Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann.
G.K. Chesterton thought that the matter of the vote for women should be left to a vote of women.
Many on the left now hold that structural inequalities in society are so overwhelming that reason itself is largely futile, Andrew Sullivan writes.
Since 2001 the United States has been in a perpetual state of undeclared war. We have ignored Madison’s warning for too long.
In their effort to right wrongs, the Social Justice warriors often commit the very evil they are attempting to erase.
One of the overarching desires in life – whether we admit it or not – is to simply be happy. We know it’s not always feasible or realistic, yet it’s something we desire on some level—for ourselves, our spouses, and most especially, our...
Resilience depends not only on what happens to us but how we interpret what happens to us.
"I do not deny that women have been wronged and even tortured; but I doubt if they were ever tortured so much as they are tortured now by the absurd modern attempt to make them domestic empresses and competitive clerks at the same time."
Liberalism simply observed that things go better with freedom – not perfectly, not always, not toward creating utopia, but generally much better than any kind of imposition...
In his autobiographical book A Confession, Leo Tolstoy described the nihilistic beliefs that haunted him.
In 'What’s Wrong with the World,' G.K. Chesterton argued that capitalists and socialists alike show little interest in defending our most basic social unit.
Does our society need to revive the simple straightforwardness of cultivating rational creatures?
In her classic work The Origins of Totalitarianism, the philosopher Hannah Arendt described loneliness as 'the common ground for terror' and 'the essence of totalitarian government.'
Forcing an equality of outcome for disadvantaged groups requires enormous outside interference.
In his classic book 'The Art of Loving,' social psychologist Erich Fromm explained how 'being in love' depends largely on increasing our own capacity to love.
The belief that humans are perfectible leads, inevitably, to mistakes when ‘a perfect society’ is designed for an imperfect species.
Only in a free-market system can we truly achieve individual liberty and human flourishing.
It's not as ridiculous as it might seem.
The claim that that humans possess an “internal GPS” that will always lead them to the highest good is not a tenable idea.
In his book, Self-Renewal John W. Gardner tries to answer “the puzzle of why some men and women go to seed while others remain vital all of their lives.”
Telling others to 'get on the right side of history' is not just a form of intellectual bullying. It also reveals a tyrannical dimension to those who'd invoke the future to destroy the past.
Ten years after his death, a look back on William F. Buckley, Jr. and his thoughts on collectivism, morality, freedom, and power.
Cicero was far ahead of his time on the topic of private property.
Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.
In their book ACT on Life not on Anger, psychologists Georg Seifert, Matthew McKay, and John Forsyth dispel myths about anger.
College professors are realizing that their students don't know how to do anything beyond hooking up.
G. K. Chesterton saw 'creedless vagueness' as potentially more dangerous than dogma.
Is our gender identity biologically determined and immutable, or self-created and changeable?
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's 1946 work 'Man’s Search for Meaning' is considered one of the most influential books of all time. It may also hold a key to happiness and success.
A new study on Uber drivers reveals some interesting differences about the sexes.
Here's why rose-tinted glasses can cause logical problems.
Nearly two thousand years ago, a well-known philosopher laid out the characteristics that make up a rational person.
Arthur Schopenhauer, a 19th century pessimist, is notorious for preaching the futility of desire.
Faith in institutions is collapsing--and the phenomenon is not isolated to America.
Cows don’t belong to the natural world. They owe their existence to our selective breeding, not evolution.
G.K. Chesterton believed he had the answer.
How well can you spot holes in people's arguments?
A "sexpert" explains.
Instead of teaching woke literature that’s social justice compatible, the college is teaching Plato.
Many of these intellectual habits seem simple, but it takes years of education and discipline to cultivate them.
The discussion as to whether child sex dolls and child androids can reduce pedophilia offers an indication as to which philosophy reigns in America today.
The future in a representative capitalist democracy has never shown any inclination to permanency, but the volume and velocity of change approaching our species in the current age may be unprecedented.
Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury paints an ugly portrait of President Trump—and shows the Founders were right when it came to power and the presidency.
Without traditional advertising, Instant Pot has become a best-selling item on Amazon, selling 215,000 units on Amazon Prime Day.
The freedom to disagree is what makes America so unique.
As one of America's earliest diplomats, Franklin had firsthand experience in gaining and maintaining valuable friendships.
Remember: Just because an argument is "valid" doesn't mean it's "sound".
If you are like me, you’ve resolved to make changes in your life only to experience the frustration of sliding back into old habits.
University of Toronto's Ronnie de Sousa has been a philosophy professor for over 50 years. One would hope he would avoid committing the fallacy of equivocation by now.
Though Wells and Orwell were debating in the era of Nazism, many of their arguments reverberate today in contemporary debates over science and policy.
“Kindness is love in action,” observed psychologist Robert Holden in his book 'Loveability.'
The monastery was the most influential institution in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Karl Marx doesn’t align with what’s important to Millennials.
It involves the destruction of an invaluable repository of social and collective memory.
“The personal is political” is a slogan that has a nice ring. But it's a philosophy that carries consequences.
G.K. Chesterton rejected optimism and pessimism because he found both to be expressions of a fatalistic approach to life.
It’s all because many decades ago the courts abandoned the principle that liberty and private property necessarily entail the right of freedom of association, which necessarily entails the right to discriminate.
Ever wonder what happens when you think? A French philosopher gives you a hand-drawn diagram to explain.
David Cassidy's estranged daughter shared her father's dying words. And they can be a lesson for us all.
The philosopher Harry Frankfurt at Princeton University defined bullshit as talk that has no relationship to the truth.
Contrary to the proverbial expression that ‘seeing is believing’, it is touch that secures our epistemic grip on reality.
“I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the freeborn mind’. But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing."
A new Gallup poll reveals a troubling trend in the U.S.: Americans are detached from reality.
Is it time to start teaching kids how to think instead of what to think?
Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.
"The mob is fickle"... and from a logical perspective, so are appeals to it.
In a culture so animated by people wanting, taking, and consuming, Thanksgiving stands alone. It is a time of humility, a time to remember all those who toiled and struggled to secure the blessings we have, a time to maybe even acknowledge the...
The response to Louis C.K.’s movie 'I Love You Daddy' proves C.S. Lewis was right about the nature of relativism.
Here are five suggestions to help bring harmony to your Thanksgiving table.
The cultural historian Jacques Barzun suggested that persecution is just as likely to germinate in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry as under an atmosphere of repression.
Cicero was the Roman Socrates, a man who stood for the community over time, rather than the community of the moment. Like his Greek ancestor, Cicero died a martyr.
Some professors are fed up with the feelings-based arguments they get in class and are trying to retrain their students to argue logically.
Students often treat philosophy as wholly distinct from and subordinate to science. They shouldn't.
Joshua Sutcliffe, a Christian pastor from Oxford, admitted he said 'Well done girls' when addressing a group that included a transgender student.
The Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission will decide if the government can force in baker to make a cake in violation of his conscience.
Leonard Read wrote about “When Wishes Become Rights,” in his 1967 Deeper Than You Think.
"Man is constantly being assured today that he has more power than ever before in history, but his daily experience is one of powerlessness." - Richard Weaver
In the 'The Communist Manifesto,' Marx is refreshingly candid regarding the aims of Communism.
Sometimes it's okay to break the law.
Would we see a lot less anger, dissension, judgment, and rejection of the truth if we applied these principles to life beyond the workforce?
There's a reason Americans are so susceptible to propaganda.
The writings of C.S. Lewis display a belief in limited government and a distrust of government-enforced morality.
Philosopher David Benatar argues that “people should never, under any circumstance, procreate.”
October 25 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the man
An article about an ER nurse defending her daughter after the child's bra strap was snapped by a male student is going viral. There's just one problem.
'Know thyself' is a phrase that has serious philosophical pedigree. It's also deeply flawed.
The importance of rationalism in choosing a mate is often overlooked in today's society.
Seneca thought that anger is a temporary madness, and that even when justified, we should never act on the basis of it.
The examples all point to a major lapse in curriculum.
Charles P. Pierce pens a plea to Barack Obama begging the former president to join ‘the resistance.’
Many people who believe in complex conspiracies and supernatural phenomena also see “patterns” in random data.
I work on a university campus. One might expect such a place to feel vibrant and energetic, but lately there seems to be more fatigue and malaise.
It’s become one of the most abused sayings in the English language.
Psychologist David Reynolds says that gratitude "is a natural response" for people with a realistic understanding of the world.
The philosopher Hannah Arendt predicted that violence and social unrest would surge in a modern age that deprived humans of an important function: the ability to act.
The lens of addiction prompts us to ask deeper questions about the nature and sources of happiness in our lives.
In G.K. Chesterton's day, the purity campaign was against booze, not cigarettes. But he'd say the "incurable morbidity of modern ethics” lurks behind both crusades.
Soviet Union Col. Stanislav Petrov might have averted a nuclear holocaust in 1983 by spotting a false alarm. Can humans learn a lesson from him?
Mentally weak people tend to do these three things, according to psychotherapist Amy Morin.
Modern life is exceedingly stressful. It’s likely that in our quest for material prosperity, we’ve utterly abandoned the need for spiritual prosperity.
Our current age makes a fatal philosophical mistake about happiness.
What primacy does reason hold over passion in a universe in which objective truth does not exist?
Traditional Christian teaching has taught that the bond between one man and one woman is good for everyone, not just Christians.
The novelist Walker Percy believed violent storms offered respite from the curse of modern man: meaninglessness.
G.K. Chesterton's ideas and writings do no fit neatly into those of the 21st century, which makes them all the more important.
It would be a mistake to overlook just how Christian this idea is.
Americans are more divided than ever, but they're also desperate to restore civil discourse.
If you find yourself unsatisfied with what the current culture celebrates, you may want to turn to the ancient wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Social justice is changing the very nature of scholarship—and not for the better.
What characterizes a hurricane man is his willingness to go outside the customs and laws that normally govern society.
The New Yorker recently had an extensive interview with Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla that was quite good.
It’s worth digging into the psychology of people attracted to totalitarian ideology, though we might not like what we find.
There's a simple reason why students can't think for themselves.
Are today’s schools, as organized, set up to exclude parents and teach dogmatic principles rather than the 3 Rs?
Charlie Chaplin responded to the mortal threat that the Nazis posed in a different way.
The college president who declared that universities are not day cares comes up with another zinger.
Che Guevara was responsible for the first Cuban concentration camp, where homosexuals and Christians were tortured and re-educated.
Philip Booth, in a new essay for Religion & Liberty Transatlantic, says many Christians confuse inequality and poverty.
The New York Times has stunningly found a way to create fanciful notions of Soviet-style authoritarianism.
A wise man once said, “We don’t have the First Amendment so we can talk about the weather.'
Surely, after hearing my carefully reasoned beliefs on numerous occasions, a merely ignorant person would have changed their mind by now?
... and the West no longer has the tools to deal with it.
C.S. Lewis tackled the topic of social justice in his book 'The Screwtape Letters.'
The movement is associated with traditional forms of conservatism and libertarianism even though it rejects economic freedom.
No idea is too insane to be off limits to a group infected with a longing to rule.
A Minneapolis writing conference was canceled because of the lack of diversity of the presenters.
The problem begins in universities, where radical ideas are promoted and lauded as “progressive” and students are taught what to think instead of how to think.
In the end, the socialist state did not transform human nature; human nature found ways to use the socialist state for its own ends.
Our Anti-Federalist philosophical fathers fought to forestall the inevitable. For that we must salute them.
The quest for sensitivity has come at a cost.
Even Ancient Rome had a foodie culture, from which Church leaders, such as St. Augustine, St. Basil, St. Francis, and St. Paul, urged followers to abstain.
Should we abandon arguments for abortion if they also permit infanticide?
Following the advice in this book will make you a better person and therefore help you realize your own value.
A flexible moral position is more appealing than a rigid one that allows for no exceptions.
In his book 'Their Morals and Ours,' Leon Trotsky explained why the murder of children is perfectly justifiable under certain conditions.
For thousands of years, these four causes were the standard way you explained or defined something.
Free speech advocate Dr. Jordan Peterson, who has taken a stand against genderless pronouns, had his Gmail and Youtube accounts locked Tuesday, and Google is offering "no explanation" as to why.
A parent who acts like a child's friend can cause some major development problems.
Marxist doctrine discourages individual creativity in favor of state control.
Media have dubbed Tibetan monk Matthieu Ricard the world's happiest man. He says this is "a total exaggeration," and he's right.
Young adults aren't taught to realistically evaluate their own skills in light of the job market and make wiser, more pragmatic – if less ego-gratifying – choices.
No one should accept the new transgender ideology unless he can answer these 10 questions with answers that actually make sense.
Can you correctly answer these eight questions related to philosophy terms?
Are Christian publications falling for the allure of socialism?
Young Marxist clubs are surfacing at public schools around the country again. Why?
Conservatives, above all, must once again put contemplation before action, or else their energies will be wasted.
Liberties give us the freedom to act, but they do not always entail the freedom to do these things without any interference.
To be sure, no feminist had transgenderism in mind during the founding of the movement. But therein lies the irony—the radical feminist logic laid down by Beauvoir now finds its latest fulfillment in the transgender movement of 2017.
Reporter: “How would you define socialism?” ... Student: “To be quite honest, I don’t know!”
In a recent op-ed for Detroit News, millennial Kaylee McGhee offered an insightful explanation.
We have not seen the last of them.
Staff for the London Underground have been instructed to drop the phrase 'ladies and gentlemen.'
You can always find excuses to shake your faith and trust in God and in love. You can always find reasons to doubt. But, if you choose love, no trace of doubt can shake you.
In giving students an inflated view of their critical thinking ability, are we also setting them up to experience greater propaganda?
Does rewarding attendance send the wrong message to kids?
How can an individual retain his sanity, but still stay informed?
Charlie Gard’s tragedy is a mere distraction in the march of progress.
If you want to live in a world where rights are not unalienable, who or what do you think will guarantee your rights?
A majority of the famous philosophers thought so.
"The real victim of Trump’s presidency may turn out to be a generation of adults whose liberal arts educations were hijacked by political debate."
The study is based on data compiled from Harvard University’s Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
HBO’s hit show 'Silicon Valley' recently skewered the trend of using 'empathy' to grandstand and feel good without actually doing anything.
The internet says if you drink black coffee you're more likely to be a psychopath. So it must be true, right?
Massachusetts resident Michelle Carter was recently found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and now faces up to twenty years in prison.
Two moral philosophers explain that displays of outrage are part of a larger phenomenon called “moral grandstanding.”
A juror offers an interesting insight into the deliberations of the Philando Castile case.
"Ironically, the very mission of universities and colleges to provide a powerful and deeply enriching education for their students demands that they embrace and protect free expression and open discourse."
According to Franklin, “the chief ends of conversation are to inform or to be informed, to please or to persuade.”
Asking “Why is my partner loading dishes incorrectly?” usually is the beginning of trouble. Is it often intended to be?
Those familiar with the teachings of fascism, or the modern racialist movement, should not be jolted by to learn Jeremy Joseph Christian supported Bernie Sanders.
There is an effort afoot to convince people that humans are essentially no different than other animals. But the idea doesn't hold up under scrutiny.
Why Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien remain indispensable to Christian thinkers and the intellectual tradition of the West.
Without restoring Plato and true philosophy to their proper stations, we are certain to continue the descent into darkness.
Have you heard of the "middle ground fallacy"?
Philosopher G.K. Chesterton once was asked, 'What’s wrong with the world today?' He responded simply, “Dear Sir, I am. Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”
The idea can be traced to the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.
There’s a lot of talk these days about the problem with young, uninspired, and allegedly lazy males.
The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century.
Unfortunately, they're directly contradicting some of the greatest thinkers of all time by taking such a view.
In some universities, academics are waging a flat-out war on reality.
Moral grandstanding is worse than being merely annoying. There are strong moral reasons to avoid grandstanding.
The late G. A. Cohen, an iconic political philosopher of the left who taught at Oxford, offered a thoughtful defense of socialism.
MTV abolished gender-specific categories for acting awards this year.
The Epic of Gilgamesh explores the nature and meaning of being human, and asks the questions that continue to be debated in the modern day.
Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.
In Seinfeld, the characters often feel like victims. Everyday life, whether it is buying soup or socks, is hard for a Seinfeld character.
The cause of the indifference, rage, and violence we're witnessing is the lack of any objective truth.
Buchsbaum wrote for Pro Football Weekly and each year produced an analysis of each of the 600 to 800 players.
The attraction of libertarianism is also its main defect: it offers neat solutions to complex problems.
Many people have bought into the idea that life is or should be an “endless series of climatic moments.”
One in four Americans believe in aliens. Many of those who do are non-religious or atheists.
Philosophers have debated the nature of human rights since at least the 12th century, often under the name of ‘natural rights’.
It’s become common to point out that those who most preach “tolerance” are often themselves highly “intolerant.”
But why is that?
As University of Texas professor and ethics expert
Thought leaders are highly sought after by business firms and government agencies.
Popular wisdom holds that Fascism and Communism were diametrical opposites. They weren't.
We should respond to the question of whether the West is worth defending by first asking this: Which West are we being asked to defend?
Though an attitude of relativism may be growing in popularity, philosophically speaking, it’s a very silly position.
To help in better understanding our "brave new world"...
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam warned that people divorced from community "are first and foremost among the supporters of extremism.”
The Netflix science fiction show 'Black Mirror' a few years ago portrayed a dystopian future in which people instantly rate every encounter they have.
The change in meaning came about somewhere around 1900 in English speaking countries. Tragic, but it's more than just a definition disfigurement.
This month marks the centenary of the entry of the United States into World War I.
Nathaniel Bork, a philosophy teacher in Colorado, was fired after questioning the Community College of Aurora's new "student success initiative."
In making the claim that race is just as culturally constructed as gender, Dolezal put the gender ideologues in a difficult position.
In "The End of Ideology," Daniel Bell defined ‘ideology’ as “a set of beliefs... [that] seek to transform the whole of a way of a life."
University of Ottawa professor Jennifer A. Chandler pointed out that combining organ donation with euthanasia could be ethically problematic.
In his 1951 essay “Neo-Liberalism and its Prospects,” Milton Friedman predicted a retreat of collectivism few saw coming.
Fascism wasn't built just on hate. It also promised robust social welfare to people fearful of unbridled capitalism.
Neil Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy, based heavily on natural law theory, was inspired by his intellectual mentor at Oxford University.
Since the report’s inception five years ago, the U.S. has never entered the ranking’s top 10.
A case for ditching relativism and returning to absolutes?
The current state of the world is undeniably complex and turbulent. Philosophy can give young people sustaining goals to hang on to in uncertain times.
“Legalizing euthanasia doesn’t empower you... It empowers doctors.”
Humans tend to be fascinated by arrogant people, but they don’t want to live like them.
We don’t see much of this kind of instruction in today’s schools.
The dilemma, Marx explains, is that even after the overthrow of the capitalist system, residues of the previous system would remain.
The existential maxim ‘existence precedes essence’ underpins de Beauvoir’s philosophy.
"Almost all people believe that it is a crime to kill an innocent human, but not to kill an innocent tapeworm."
Tolkien allows us to find ourselves in Middle-earth, seeing ourselves reflected in the characters and the lessons they teach us.
His answer was a bit confusing, but the response sheds light on an important philosophical dilemma of our age.
Here is a prehistory of what we call the alt-right today.
Hypocrites often fall into these three traps.
Philosopher Jesse Prinz has argued that empathy is prejudiced and leads to “moral myopia.”
In 1950, the CIA established a headquarters in Paris and employed an army of operatives to recruit anti-Marxist intellectuals.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” A quick introduction to Ash Wednesday so you don’t embarrass yourself like I did.
On March 30, 1973, the 'Charlotte's Web' author wrote a beautiful note to a dispirited man who had last all faith in humanity.
According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.
Speech does hurt people’s feelings. But it isn’t the speech itself that’s toxic. It’s the people engaged in the discourse.
Americans cannot have both liberty and social justice.
Aristotle said rituals define who we are. But a recent study shows new habits are not easily formed.
What did Jesus of Nazareth mean when he said “the last shall be first, and the first last”?
Will failure to ground our grievances in rational and logical discourse lead us down the path of the French Revolution?
Miss Manners' mistake is to confuse virtue with good manners.
Shakespeare's tragedy can be seen as a meditation on moral relativism, a worldview that is ultimately refuted and rejected.
Giving a good answer to a ‘Why?’ question is not just a philosophical abstraction.
Alexis de Tocqueville noticed an important difference during his travels in the 1830s.
Nietzsche wrote so much about love in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' that it could be renamed 'Thus Spoke Romeo.'
Love is not the solution to life’s problems, but it certainly makes them more bearable.
The story is ghastly enough, but the media has doubled the horror.
Would we see less anger, frustration, and ostracism on college campuses and in America at large if we returned to a more objective view of truth?
Trade between nations is good, as trade between people is good. But is free trade intrinsically good?
A new study published in the Journal of Higher Education challenges diversity’s vaunted status.
He had some frank remarks about the treatment of Muslim women.
Torture contributes to a downward spiral of retaliation into barbarism.
There has been much discourse on what responsibility Christians have to immigrants and refugees seeking new homes.
Recent research suggests that neither teachers nor students really understand what critical thinking is.
It has to do with the great irony between the words and actions of the Democrat party.
“Medical assistance in dying" could save Canada as much as $138.8 million annually.
Those leading the boycott may be suffering from what one author calls the Othello Principle: “The eye sees what the mind looks for.”
Rand sold more than 30 million books. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives.
Many solutions to the problem of evil – called ‘theodicies’ – have been proposed.
The concept of forgiveness constitutes one of the most essential fundamentals of the human relationship with God, in the Judaic tradition.
Harry Frankfurt's minor classic sheds light on the Trump phenomenon.
Will our efforts to manipulate mankind through science only end in dehumanizing our own selves?
In 'The Rebel,' Camus declared for a peaceful socialism that would not resort to revolutionary violence. Sartre read the book with disgust.
What’s he doing trying to study? Didn’t he realize he’s at a university?
What happens when the religious beliefs that undergird a culture are pulled out from under it, as has happened in the West?
Odysseus serves as an image of homo viator. Man on a journey. Travelling man. Man on a quest.
Interpreting fossils that aren’t there comes with its own peculiar challenges, but the gaps that haunt the record also tell a story.
In a 1757 letter, Ben Franklin scolded a friend preparing to publish an atheist tract. But was Franklin's reason sound?
Ancient Greek philosopher Pyrrho of Elis pioneered a philosophy that might come in handy when dealing with pesky internet Trolls.
The paradox is this: All that is radical must be rooted.
The herd mentality. The susceptibility to propaganda. The philistine disdain for higher ideals.
If we want our children to have a better education than we had will we have to train our children to educate themselves?
Hazing practices have a deep history and cross-cultural universality.
Scientists are close to finding out how to create eggs and sperm in a Petri dish.
Popular culture often overlooks that MLK's ideas and rhetoric were steeped in the Western tradition.
Give me the dawn of the Greek golden age in philosophy and not the setting of reason’s sun in the gloom, doom and nihilism of postmodernism.
The etymology of the term is a mystery
A Michigan man's ticketing for warming up his car on a frigid day brings to mind something Bertrand Russell wrote on "petty power."
In a state devoted to upholding the principle of equality – as a democracy does – chance is the proper and only foundation of authority.
National Geographic is now trying its hand at gender theory.
Students: “White philosophers” should be studied only “if required”--and then only critically.
This thesis was common in the ancient world.
There is a powerful human inclination to reduce others to mere objects.
Some influential Christian thinkers have criticized the very idea of "religion".
There are some things that evolutionary biology can’t answer.
How does the inner struggle with temptation affect how our actions are viewed by others?
As a student of philosophy and ethics, I think philosophy can help us clarify, systematize and evaluate the arguments on both sides.
Would we see a more functional, thriving population if Americans began embracing responsibility instead of thrusting it off on others?
The film, which is slated to hit theaters in October, will probe a timeless and timely question: What does it mean to be human?
My ideal home has two rooms: a bedroom to sleep in, and a kitchen to cook in.
By choosing to remember only half of their portraits, we deny celebrities their humanity and overlook an obvious truth.
According to Jean-Paul Sartre, someone who lives in bad faith treats themselves as an object, not as an autonomous or freely choosing agent.
A pair of Harvard researchers found that humans spend nearly half their time thinking about something other than what they’re doing.
Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.
College administrators often believe they have authority to suppress speech when an authors’ expressions get controversial. But is it good policy?
Has the first negative side effect to cannabis finally been found?
Once upon a time, in a far away land, Santa Claus gave way to Ded Moroz or “Old Man Frost.”
Crime, like everything else in America, has become politicized.
“Baby regret” seems to be the zeitgeist, and we have to wonder why.
As Heraclitus said, “A man’s character is his fate.” So what makes character?
The difference is relatively simple. But Orwell makes it clear that nationalism has nothing to do with nationhood.
See how culturally literate you are about modern philosophy.
Student have formally been asked to use the gender-neutral pronoun 'ze' instead of 'she and 'he'.
What’s objectifying about sexual desire is its ability to numb a person to reason, both in themselves and in others.
Defining this concept is not as easy as it appears.
Are we hypocritical for celebrating Christmas?
Prof. Charles Glenn shows that the creation of public schools was the triumph of one particular form of religion over others.
Take a look at these thought-provoking quotes and see which answer leads you to your life purpose.
Amazon grocery stores will eliminate waiting in lines... and jobs.
Contradictions are omnipresent in our intrapersonal life and they are particularly visible when strong beliefs come into play.
The question gets to the heart of a fundamental theological difference between Christianity and Islam.
A famous scene from the 1972 film 'The Last Tango in Paris' was shot by violating a very basic requirement for exercising moral agency.
The work, the learning, the exercise, the diet: all of the things you intend to do, but don’t. Who’s it all for?
Friends and students described the now-dead Ohio State student as bright, humble, and nice. So what went wrong?
The holiday season is here, and with it comes the dance to make sure nobody is offended.
Is prayer all too often thwarted by the inflated egos of humanity?
Does the ancient Greek philosopher offer a new way forward?
The last of Rome’s Five Great Emperors left a record of important life-lessons he learned from his adopted father.
Getting through the 30s and early 40s is key.
Have we finally arrived at the future Orwell predicted?
Is it because we now live in a world where feelings matter more than anything else?
Is it time we insist our educational institutions begin instructing students to think for themselves instead of indoctrinating them with PC ideas?
What if Hitler was neither Christian nor an atheist but still religious in his worldview?
There is a slippery slope from intolerance, to discrimination, to hate crimes and hate speech.
In pre-modern times, the discrepancy between the simple life philosophers advised and how people actually lived was not so great.
A writer at a current affairs magazine says yes.
Would we all benefit from returning to a weekly day of rest?
How often do we overestimate our own contributions and underestimate the contributions of others?
Their views have been labeled "concerning."
During the recent election, most of you were probably called either a “conservative” or a “liberal”.
In order to answer the question, we need to know the difference between what Shakespeare said and what Shakespeare wrote.
Tinder is lust. Netflix is sloth ... and it all adds up to idolatry.
Not quite, at least not in the way the liberal intelligentsia mean it.
The alt-right has been described as a 'Dark Enlightenment' movement that seeks to dismantle mainstream conservatism.
It comes in a nineteenth century comedy about three men (and a dog) who take a boating trip down the Thames River.
It’s clear that meaningful connection to other people is as essential to health as the air we breathe.
It might be science fiction, but Westworld grapples with moral questions that we are already facing in the present.
The logic puzzle can teach a lesson on the importance of using precise language.
The pope and many others fail to make a distinction between a wall designed to keep people in and a wall built to keep people out.
What happens when watering down academic integrity standards makes good business sense?
A culturally literate person knows the Bible...
The more we live life in the force field of our expectations, the more disappointment, frustration, anxiety, and anger we experience.
Proponents of ‘diversity’ aren’t really seeking diversity; it is conformity they demand.
Leading up to the election and on election day, I repeatedly encountered people calming their fears by saying this.
Is America's decline a logical result of its founding principles?
Many people will never learn how to see the artificial in the light of the real.
He was a friend and colleague of Heidegger.
Does Penn State’s new student essay contest reach the height of absurdity?
Narcissists are fully capable of pretending to be caring and compassionate, but they genuinely do not care about anyone more than themselves.
Are humans simply clever apes who follow our instincts in order to gratify our material needs? Or are we something more?
Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto, won’t use the pronouns “zie” or “hir,” and it could cost him his job.
Does the church need more leaders willing to conduct self-examination from within?
Bigfoot is a type of pseudo-scientific myth understood in the language of memory.
A pair of astronomers seem to think so.
If, as most Americans believe, a border fence is not justified, then neither is the current system of visa policies.
A professor argues that it broadens our understanding of the present.
Time for a new model?
It seems clear to me that both presidential candidates have committed grave wrongs in their treatment of women.
Philosophers refer to versions of this concern as the ‘demandingness objection’. Its advocates claim that a moral theory that would ask so much.
John King is advocating for more civics education. But are his reasons for it flawed?
Actually, conservatism and liberalism share the same narrative.
"We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."
What makes for a good life? We all strive for happiness, but does that do the trick?
The way some Christians explain it, God seems like a horrible parent.
According to a recent Rolling Stone article, we're living in the age of fear.
Fear of government topped the list. Can you guess what didn’t make the cut?
Cloudy and ambiguous language can be ethically perilous.
If you’re looking for evidence that respect for human dignity is gone, look no further than the 2016 election cycle.
"When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine... we feed the nihilism to which modern man is, in any case, prone."
New research suggests it can thicken parts of your gray matter in some key areas.
“I know that there are people who tell us contemptuously that always there are croakers who look always to the past...."
A Christian writer's response to Richard Dawkins.
It was highly effective—and looked nothing like today’s campus protests.
A huge study finds that users face higher risks to their mental health.
A new study shows that millennials love dropping ‘the occasional F bomb’ at work.
Some of history’s greatest philosophers say wrongdoing tends to be motivated by self-interest. But they are wrong.
Today marks the 445th anniversary of Christendom’s pivotal victory over the Ottoman Empire.
Therefore it’s a tragedy for both individual freedom and the common good that the word “virtue” has been banished from our vocabulary.
A recently published study revealed that young women have experienced an alarming uptick in self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and poor mental health.
You might be surprised at the results.
A weakness in the typical Christian doctrine of Hell?
All candidates should be put to this ancient 3-prong test.
Has throwing out history, memorization, and difficult books crippled students by not giving them the tools upon which they can build their thoughts?
He is being called a bigot for refusing to use genderless pronouns.
People can’t seem to figure out if the hijab should be celebrated as a symbol of diversity or condemned as a symbol of female oppression.
Could an alternative political system called epistocracy solve our problems?
"‘I henceforth shall be referred to as: 'His Majesty, Grant Strobl.'"
Judge Learned Hand wrote one of the great defenses of tax avoidance.
For all our seeing, it seems to me that in some ways we’re trained not to see.
Free speech is essential to freedom itself.
Jane Austen's Marianne Dashwood is a perfect example of today's society, whose every action seems to hinge on an emotional outbreak.
A famous Christian philosopher got into trouble this weekend for doing just that.
A look back in history at apocalyptic literature reveals some of the same trends that have made zombie apocalypses so popular today.
A professor of philosophy explains.
And is it a blessing or a curse?
Would the Ancient Greeks have understood our modern conception of man as a free, autonomous agent who chooses his own ends?
Today is the Fall Equinox, which is being welcomed by some throwback pagan celebrations.
Scientific dogma, as well as religious dogma, presented challenges to Galileo's theory.
According to the New York Times, there is an underlying layer of racism driving Denmark's immigration policies.
Do you recognize the most important dates and events in Western Civilization?
'Hundreds of millions, if not billions of people could become climate refugees, as their homelands become uninhabitable.'
This week, we learned that Pope Benedict XVI is not a big fan of the typical arguments against contraception.
Is it as simple as John Lennon suggests in his iconic Beatles anthem? The answer is yes.
Cardinal Burke attributes the widespread belief to the influence of relativism.
They have a plan, and they're implementing it.
A professor at Siena College offers his thoughts.
As the Western world becomes more secular, religious knowledge is on the decline.
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