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Motown and the turbocharged ChurchGeorge Weigel

Detroit hasn't gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it's struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not ...

Ecumenism, influence-envy, etc. George Weigel

Defending the indefensible is never pretty. Or so we're reminded by recent attempts from the portside of the Catholic commentariat to defend the madcap analysis of America's alleged "ecumenism of hate" ...

Questions of competenceGeorge Weigel

It's a safe bet that 99.95% of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics have never heard of La Civiltą Cattolica [Catholic Civilization], a journal founded in 1850 by the Jesuits of Rome to combat the evils ...

Are jihadis "losers"? George Weigel

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 ...

The cooler Cold WarGeorge Weigel

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 ...

Awkward? Or wise? George Weigel

Asked to name books that gave me the greatest intellectual jolt in recent decades, I'd quickly cite two. N.T Wright's The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press) accepts every grand-slam ...

Fifty years of friendship with Cardinal PellGeorge Weigel

Msgr. Thomas A. Whelan, my pastor when I was growing up in Baltimore, was a striking character: Princeton friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald; former Wall Street broker; high-ranking Army chaplain in World ...

Way beyond the New Atheist nonsense George Weigel

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 ...