‘Britishness’ debate: can you do Magna Carta without also doing God?

Jun 17, 2014 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: Was anyone terribly surprised by the Social Attitudes Survey published today suggesting that most people thought that, in order to be British, you should be able to speak English? Some 95 per cent thought so; the only curiosity being that in 2006 the figure was as low as 86 per cent. Nor indeed is it terribly odd that, as the authors point out, the threshold for Britishness is getting higher. As the survey from January points out, three in four people think...

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Democracy and morality: ancient and modern

Jun 17, 2014 by

By Paul Eidelberg, MercatorNet: Although democracy had its origin in classical Athens–what could be more democratic than an assembly whose members are chosen by lot?–the Athenian attitude toward sexuality in those days was very different from that which prevails in democracies today. In his book Law, Sexuality, and Society: The Enforcement of Morals in Classical Athens, David Cohen reminds us that in classical Athens “a wide variety of [sexual] offenses brought some degree or...

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Gallup Reveals the Obvious: Our Moral Collapse Continues

Jun 5, 2014 by

By Trevor Grant Thomas: Gallup is out with its latest “moral acceptability” survey. On 19 issues, Americans were asked, “In general, do you find the following morally acceptable.” The responses were ranked on a scale from “highly acceptable” to “highly unacceptable.” There was one issue—birth control, with 90% approval—that rated “highly acceptable” and nine, with approvals from 57% to 69%, that rated “largely acceptable.” Of those 10 issues, the response to seven of them is Exhibit A in the...

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Why the West is different

May 9, 2014 by

By Nick Spencer, MercatorNet Christian convictions generated the foundations of liberalism and the West’s idea of itself.  This essay reviews Larry Siedentop’s recent book Inventing the Individual, the story of how, contrary to received wisdom, it was distinctively Christian convictions which generated the ideas that are foundational to liberalism and the West’s idea of itself. This is not a popular view – as Siedentop acknowledged when I spoke to him here – but his book makes a coherent and...

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Sex After Christianity

May 6, 2014 by

By Rod Dreher, American Conservative Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one. Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneres’s prime-time coming out. Then came what historians will...

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Sorry Prime Minister, the national religion is self-worship

May 6, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate [...]  Amongst the plethora of gods and goddesses on offer in Britain today, surely the most popular is not materialism but the god of the self. Materialism of course is pressed into the service of this self-worship, but the accumulation of money is not an end in itself in this particular cult. Rather it is the entitlements of our self-created (albeit from a menu) personal avatar that are paramount, as advertisers well know. For many British people, one...

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