EPPC Briefly: Judaism and the Challenges of the Modern West

April 30, 2015



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The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism

EPPC Adjunct Fellow Eric Cohen examines the challenges and opportunities facing Jewish communities today in both America and Israel, and argues that “sound ideas can help formulate a new strategy for survival in dangerous times, and perhaps enable Jews to realize their loftiest aspirations as a people.”

See also EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin’s response affirming that both American conservatism and Cohen’s vision of a renewed Jewish conservatism share “an understanding of human nature that qualifies as profoundly contrarian in our liberal age.”

What Jews and Christians Can Do Together

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explains how the relationship between Pope John Paul II and Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome, was a “sparkling example” of how Jews and Christians can recover unity so that “the peoples whose basic moral code comes from Sinai might be lights to the nations, witnesses to human dignity, and defenders of human life and human freedom.”

Hillary Clinton’s Tangle of Corruption

New revelations of sordid fundraising by the Clinton Foundation “reinforce the impression that Mrs. Clinton is a tangle of corruption, dishonest and untrustworthy, and playing by rules that apply to her and her husband but not to others,” argues EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner.

And EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen compares coverage of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell with the lack of scrutiny given to the Clintons, and wonders why “Hillary Clinton’s conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic.”

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Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P.

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel praises the late archbishop of Chicago as a “leader of world-class intellect” who was fully committed to “the task of re-evangelizing both the Church and the Great American City.”

The Scandal-Prone Secret Service Is a Dangerous Embarrassment

EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen warns that “the continuing failures of the Secret Service would be a serious worry under any administration, but they are particularly dangerous under this one.”

A Seventh Note

EPPC Fellow Algis Valiunas finds that a new book on the horrific siege of Leningrad does “valuable service to the city’s years of supreme ordeal.”

Why Conservatives Need an Anti-Poverty Agenda

Conservatives need to do a better job of articulating support for “anti-poverty programs that are narrowly tailored but not non-existent,” argues EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry.

First Thoughts on Germline Engineering

For the first time in history, scientists have genetically modified human embryos. Brendan P. Foht, assistant editor of EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis, explains why this technique is morally troubling, and puts it in the context of other bioethical issues.

On the Couch

Reviewing a new book about the practice of psychology, EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen finds “an indictment of modern culture” and a “powerful argument” that “the whole psychological enterprise has had the effect of excusing poor choices and bad character.”

“Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

Hillary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, recently adapted by the BBC, is a “terrific novel … that makes a hash of history for the sake of defaming the Catholic Church,” observes EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel.


George Weigel’s Evangelical Catholicism Earns Award from Polish Association of Catholic Editors

The Polish Association of Catholic Editors has given the Polish edition of EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel’s Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the Twenty-First Church its 2015 Phoenix Award in the category “Book by a Foreign Author.” Click here to read more.

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