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The year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars. Part 2.3: The EU’s legacy, 1492-1789: Europe enters into the Devil’s Anus.

This is the fourth chapter in the series on cultural wars. The first essay sets the scene in the post-1990 decades; the second takes us back to the Jewish, Greek, Roman and Christian roots of European culture; the third essay … Continue reading

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The Year of Covid 19: Political religion and the culture wars. Part 2. 1. Europe’s legacy: the first fifteen hundred years to AD 410.

The draft Constitution for Europe, and then the Lisbon Treaty finally signed by all EU member states in late 2007, failed to reference Europe’s Christian legacy in its Preamble. The text that made it through to the preamble of the … Continue reading

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Apocalypse and Guilt: Why Savonarola and Greta differ.

In 1492, Girolamo Savonarola, the Dominican friar warned of the terrible tribulations threatening to engulf Rome, the City of Popes. In one of his sermons, the friar thundered that he saw a hand appearing in the sky bearing a flaming … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part II.

The Abolition of Liberty. The Abolition of Liberty was published in 2003. Hitchens starts off with two quotes, one from Edmund Burke, the Whig statesmen of the eighteenth century: “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite … Continue reading

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Berlin Rules: Why, What, How, and is that so?

The three books under review deal with Europe, but their focus is Germany. Paul Lever, former British ambassador to Germany, is the author of Europe and the Germany Way: Berlin Rules, I.B.Taurus, 2017. Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, authors Adults … Continue reading

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Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World, Little Brown, 2012.

Tradition holds that Mohamet’s life and works were conducted in the full light of history, by contrast to the degree of authority that can be given to the evangelists about the life of Christ. In the words of  Salman Rushdie, … Continue reading

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