Religion: Exalting the City of Man

An intellectual defense of civilization's "last, best hope"

"Democratic capitalism is neither the Kingdom of God nor without sin. Yet all other known systems of political economy are worse." So writes Michael Novak, a Roman Catholic intellectual and socialist turned neoconservative, in a spirited (and spiritual) new defense. Reflecting on the "new order" in America that European-influenced moral philosophers have long ignored, Novak argues that democracy and a free economy are the natural embodiment of the ideals of liberty and individual worth that are the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition. "Such hope...

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