Criticism

How Culture Wars Threaten Ethics and Religion

Shimon Cowen, Politics and Universal Ethics (Connor Court, 2011), 120 pages, $22.95 Reading this set of essays readily brings to mind two great and true adages. First, Tacitus’s “When the State is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied”; and second, Edmund Burke’s statement: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle” (Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, 1770). Neither of those sentiments has lost any of its melancholy force; and they are very much applicable at the present day, in a world which…

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