From Catholic Social Science Review, J. Budziszewski (Texas): Natural Law as Fact, as Theory, and as Sign of Contradiction (and responses); and Christopher Shannon (Christendom): A Catholic Approach to History (and responses). From The Ecologist, biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake believes that the world’s religions have a crucial role in restoring the earth’s ecological balance. 2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family: Many college-educated single mothers are setting up lives around other single mothers and all their children, with no role for men or romance. The Expeditionary Imperative: America’s national security structure is designed to confront the challenges of the last century rather than our own. An excerpt from Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences by Jody Azzouni. Alex Ross on the affordable art of concertgoing. John Updike’s mighty pen: He was America’s last true man of letters, and also a father figure to generations of other writers. A review of Not With a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple. A review of On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines by Harald Weinrich. From Prospect, a special series on the Iranian Revolution's 30th anniversary. Don’t look back: Why President Obama is not FDR, or Kennedy, or Lincoln, or history.

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