Archive for May, 2006

Civilization and the Sublime

The musical masterpieces of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries illuminate a vision of metaphysical order, now refreshing to contemplate, that was once pervasive in Western culture. The standard repertoire of opera recapitulates history from an era defined by theology and idealism that are still at the core of civilization as we know it, even when […]

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The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success

Rodney Stark; 281 pages; Random House; $25.95 Reviewed by Michael Dodaro Most reviewers of Rodney Stark’s newest book concentrate on its analysis of the development of capitalism.  Jean E. Barker’s review in The San Francisco Chronicle is titled The Christian Roots of Capitalism.  One of three points Michael Novak asks us to reconsider in his […]

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