The Best of "The Public Square".: Book two, Book 2

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - Social Science - 246 pages
Since its inception in 1990, the journal First Things has concluded each issue with Richard John Neuhaus's "The Public Square." His column has attracted the attention of America's most influential journalists, opinion-makers, and intellectuals. All who read it appreciate its serious discussions of religious and social topics, its lively prose, and its occasional dash of wicked humor.

This volume presents a sampling of the best of "The Public Square." Culled from columns written from 1996 to 2000, these thirty-two insightful pieces range from reflections on theology, philosophy, and politics to education, bioethics, law, and family life. Each one demonstrates Neuhaus's authorial flair and keen intellect. As Neuhaus argues, "public life is mainly about culture, and at the heart of culture is morality, and at the heart of morality is religion." Few thinkers today can illumine this relationship as directly as Neuhaus.

 

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Contents

The Extremity of the Mainstream
8
Wilderness Years Ahead
16
The First Five Years
36
He Who Steals My Words
45
Against Christian Politics
61
Peddlers of an Unreal World
71
Farewell to the Overclass
78
President Clinton and the White Race
88
Abraham Joshua Heschel
123
Why Hate Crimes Are Wrong
171
The Impertinence of Protesting Aggression
183
Science Matter Spirit and ThreeCard Monte
202
To Be a Normal Society
210
Forget the Bilderhergers
221
I984 and Now
230
A World of Our Own Making
237

A More Real World
98
Sin and Risk Aversion
116

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