Civis Americus Sum

Historical analogies between Ancient Rome and contemporary America never get old for a good reason: The parallels are uncanny, and, however imperfect, are consistently more striking than the divergences. The main confounding factor is that history’s tempo, thanks to modern…

The Principle of Inversion

If you look from a distance at our media talking about traditional religions, you find that “Hinduism” is reduced to the caste system and Hindu nationalism, “Islam” to fundamentalist or jihadi movements, and “Christianity” to the Catholic Church’s latest concession,…

Hard and Brittle Religions

  Why do some religions die out, while others persist in the face of brutal persecution? Religious diversity, while not completely analogous to biological diversity, has drastically diminished over the past two millennia; the Big Five resemble dominant and aggressive…

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