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PowerLinks 12.15.17

December 15, 2017 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 12.15.17

Resisting the Fortress of Solitude: What’s Wrong with First Things’ Anxious Anti-Capitalism Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse Young people today, especially the ones who are serious about religion and look to the editors of First Things for guidance, must resist the allure of an intellectual Fortress of Solitude where they can sit and feel superior to everyone. Continue Reading...

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