• The Fourth Birth of Freedom: 1776, 1861, 1981,…

    By Michael Novak on April 27, 2016
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    In sum, dear daughters and sons of liberty, you are the new generation of Americans. You will carry extraordinary burdens. You are born to duties that will test you mightily. Over and over again, you will have to overcome nearly unbearable odds. Yet you were born in the land of the free. You were brought up in the home of the brave.
  • TBT: Lady Margaret Thatcher Credits Michael Novak

    By Michael Novak on April 21, 2016
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    She praised “the American theologian and social scientist” Michael Novak for stressing the fact “that what he called ‘democratic capitalism’ was a moral and social, not just an economic system, that it encouraged a range of virtues, and that it depended upon co‑operation not just ‘going it alone.’ ”
  • ICYMI: Kasich discusses Michael Novak on Hannity Show

    By Michael Novak on April 18, 2016
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    The free enterprise system works. But the quote -- a great Catholic theologian, Michael Novak, a free enterprise system that's not underlaid by a decent set of values is bankrupt. That's not liberal. That's common sense. It's conservative and it's right! -- John Kasich
  • Book Review: Michael Novak and the idea of social justice that promotes human dignity

    By Michael Novak on March 20, 2016
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    In this sense, “social justice” is the particular form taken today of the ancient virtus of justice. Therefore, it does not necessarily involve the strengthening of the presence of the State, but rather, the development of civil society, in keeping with Hayek.
  • Book Review: What Exactly Is Social Justice?

    By Michael Novak on March 10, 2016
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    Gratefully... Michael Novak, Paul Adams and Elizabeth Shaw clarify once and for all what [social justice] is and why it has been so abused. Like taking shears to an overgrown hedge, the authors make short order of the sloppy use of social justice in our own public square.
  • Book Review: What is Social Justice?

    By Michael Novak on February 21, 2016
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    In an effort to rescue “social justice” ... and to clarify its true meaning, Templeton Prize winner Michael Novak, and Paul Adams, Professor Emeritus of social work at the University of Hawaii, have co-authored an impressive book. ... The authors contend that “social justice,” rightly understood, is not a state of public affairs but personal virtue.
  • The Tragedy of Christian Persecution

    By Michael Novak on February 2, 2016
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    Behind this detail, lie many hundred thousands of Christian families faced with instant death (or sexual enslavement) or two other choices (1) renounce their hard-won historical faith and submit to the authority of Allah, or (2) enter into dhimmitude, that half-life of paying fines for just being allowed to live and of keeping one's faith completely private, invisible and silent.
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE: Review of Writing from Left to Right

    By Michael Novak on January 28, 2016
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    Michael Novak has lived an extraordinary public life. "Writing from Left to Right" is his entertaining and wise memoir of that engagement with his age, and of his movement across the political spectrum.
  • Rev. James V. Schall Reviews “Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is”

    By Michael Novak on December 22, 2015
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    Rev. James V. Schall reviews “Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is,” a new book by Michael Novak and Paul Adams with contributions from Elizabeth Shaw: “If anyone from the pope to the bishops to college professors and students, to media, business people, and government cadre is looking for a succinct and far-reaching guide to reconsider how to think about the order of this world and its relation to the human good, it would be difficult to find a better book than this work of Michael Novak and Paul Adams.”
  • Saint Francis in America

    By Michael Novak on October 5, 2015
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    Michael Novak and Paul Adams assess Pope Francis’ visit to America: "The five days Pope Francis just spent so busily in America – following a schedule of high-pressure meetings, talks, addresses, quick visits, walking tours, parades, very public Masses, and much else (a schedule that would have exhausted a much younger man) – may in the end have changed the United States, the world, and Pope Francis himself more than we can now imagine."

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