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  • ‘The New York Times,’ the 1619 Project, and ‘Quid Est Veritas’?

    ‘The New York Times,’ the 1619 Project, and ‘Quid Est Veritas’?4

    Many of us have heard of the 1619 Project and its attempt to reinvent American history. 1619, according to The New York Times writers, is the year that the first slaves arrived on American soil. And since, according to the 1619 Project, unjust slave labor initiated and sustained the socioeconomic structure of America, 1619 is

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  • Returning to First Things to Save Civilization

    Returning to First Things to Save Civilization7

    In this most rare and radiant of Wisconsin February’s, with record-high temperatures and ample sunshine, my wife has been tapping trees and making maple syrup. I applaud her efforts, and I gratefully ingest the fruit of her labors. The sap has been running steadily, recklessly, almost, overflowing the pails she uses, turning their sides sleek

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  • What Did Nietzsche Mean by ‘God is Dead’?

    What Did Nietzsche Mean by ‘God is Dead’?3

    In The Gay Science (1882), Friedrich Nietzsche’s character of the madman had proclaimed, “God is dead.” The Time cover for April 8, 1966, turned this proclamation into a provocative question for a world where religious practice was waning: But, though most people have heard of Nietzsche’s “God is dead” claim, there are few who understand

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  • Dostoevsky and American Despair: The Penalty of Nihilism

    Dostoevsky and American Despair: The Penalty of Nihilism3

    These chilling words, ringing with despair, come from one of the most striking characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1866 novel Crime and Punishment, Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov: We always imagine eternity as something beyond our conception, something vast, vast! But why must it be vast? Instead of all that, what if it’s one little room, like a

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  • Is Nihilism the Logical End of Atheism?

    Is Nihilism the Logical End of Atheism?5

    What happens when nihilism is taken to its logical and philosophical conclusion? “Human rights are just like heaven and like God. It’s just a fictional story that we have invented and spread around. It may be a very nice story… but it’s just a story. It’s not a reality.” So says Noah Yuval Hariri, a

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  • Imagined Virtue: What News Can Make Us Miss

    Imagined Virtue: What News Can Make Us Miss4

    Clicking on my car radio, I hear two voices discussing—vehemently—a federal government conflict. Opening my podcast app, I find an entire category dedicated to “News,” or informing listeners of the latest scandals or controversies. And scrolling through YouTube, I find a host of suggestions for dogmatic political commentary. The mere volume of news outlets, encompassing

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