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PowerLinks 04.29.14

Sako: “In 10 years there will only be a few thousand Christians left in Iraq” AsiaNews.it The Christian community in Baghdad had 600 thousand faithful, now there are only 400 thousand in the whole country. Continue Reading...

Is Knowledge Of Religion Important To Culture?

We Americans are rather ignorant about religion. We claim to be a religious folk, but when it comes to hard-core knowledge, we don’t do well. The Pew Forum put together a baseline quiz of religious knowledge – a mere 32 multiple choice questions – and on average, Americans only got about half of them right. Continue Reading...

Why Resegregation Happens—And How School Choice Can Fix It

With its decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ended systemic racial segregation in public education. Now, sixty years later, courts have released hundreds of school districts from enforced integration—with the result being an increase in “resegregation” of public schools. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.28.14

Why Silencing Christians will Continue Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Crisis Magazine The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. Continue Reading...

Art at Acton: ‘Perpetual Order’ and the Struggle for Permanence

Yesterday, I had the honor of contributing to a panel discussion on the art of Margaret Vega here at the Acton Institute. Her exhibition is titled, “Angels, Dinergy, and Our Relationship with Perpetual Order.” Some fuller coverage may be forthcoming on the PowerBlog, but in the meantime I have posted the text of my presentation, “Death and the Struggle for Permanence” at Everyday Asceticism. Continue Reading...