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  • Lecture posted December 29, 2009 by Michael Novak Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is

    Abstract: For its proponents, "social justice" is usually undefined. Originally a Catholic term, first used about 1840 for a new kind of virtue (or habit) necessary for post-agrarian societies, the term has been bent by secular "progressive" thinkers to mean uniform state distribution of society's advantages and disadvantages. Social justice is really the capacity to…

  • Lecture posted May 16, 2007 by Michael Novak Is Religious Freedom for Everyone?

    Delivered April 24, 2007 DR. KIM R. HOLMES: It is an honor to be here with all of you this morning to introduce today's spe­cial guest and speaker, who will deliver the third of the Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lectures. These lectures are part of a series that we kicked off last year, the purpose of which was to bring greater clarity and attention to the…

  • First Principles Series Report posted November 6, 2006 by Michael Novak Faith and the American Founding: Illustrating Religion's Influence

    How long are we going to keep this experiment, this America? We are "testing whether this nation can long endure," Lincoln said at Gettysburg. We're still testing. Is America a meteor that blazed across the heavens and is now exhausted? Or rather is our present moral fog a transient time of trial, those hours cold and dark before the ramparts' new gleaming? Are we near…

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