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“He Knows What He Is About”: Living a Life That Matters

As you go through life, ask yourself whether what you’re doing will matter from the perspective of eternity. After all, the only success of ultimate importance is faithfulness. The only real tragedy in life is not to have loved and served God.

America is Becoming Less Religious. That Won’t Demolish Conservatism.

Gallup released polling data this week showing that, for the first time, a majority of Americans do not belong to a religious institution such as a church or synagogue. That change, which mirrors the dramatic rise in the number of adults having no religious preference, will likely change, but not demolish, American conservatism.

No, Religion Is Not Antithetical to Liberalism

Many deeply religious Americans feel surrounded and are desperate for some route of escape. That’s why they reluctantly backed President Trump. Liberals who want to confront autocracy abroad would be wise to find an accommodation with their adversaries at home before it’s too late.

Leftward Shift

If President Trump and Republicans want to win the election, they must improve their level of support among the weakly churched segments of America.

A Word on Behalf of Organized Religion

A new study punctures the myths surrounding the relationship between religiosity and support for President Trump.

America’s Francification, Part Trois: Secularism

America is not secularizing in the same way as France has, but its own path toward a watered-down religious middle, led by an aggressive and resourceful secular minority, may lead to the same outcome.

Dr. James K.A. Smith at the March 2016 Faith Angle Forum

This heavy concentration of the atmosphere of immanence, this kind of claustrophobia, of living in the immanent frame will intensify a sense of living in a wasteland for subsequent generations, and many young people will begin to explore beyond the boundaries.

Confessions of a Heretic by Roger Scruton: What is the Best Way to Mourn?

Religions, laws and customs all provide for the ritual mourning of beloved people. But there are no clear precedents for the work of mourning when what is mourned is a nation, a civilisation or a place.

Republicans and the Decline of Religion

The 2016 election is an opportunity for many voters who would naturally be inclined to vote Democratic to consider a Republican, but the Republican party, judging by the polls so far, seems more determined to “send a message” than to choose a candidate who can win.

The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America

America has much to learn from the current condition of Europe, where a decline in religious faith has led to a universal weakening of society and a loss of confidence in the value of its civilization.