Chronicles Magazine December 1996

The Sacraments of Anti-Christ

"A Republican marriage," said a French actress of the 18th century, "is the sacrament of adultery." This bon mot is recorded by Sir Walter Scott in the description of the French Revolution with which he begins his Life of Napoleon.

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  • VIEWS

    Sacramental Parodies

    "What do you expect of a spiritualist? His mind's attuned to the ghouls of the air all day long. How can he be expected to consider the moral obligations of the flesh? The man's a dualist. No sacramental sense."

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  • VIEWS

    Confirmation and Indoctrination

    Institutions survive because the old teach the young. The Quakers who founded Haverford and Swarthmore colleges in Pennsylvania had to admit that the Holy Spirit could use the help of explicit teaching to back up His direct conversation with the...

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  • VIEWS

    The Rise of the Profane

    At some point in their development, civilizations cease believing in the sacred and plunge into a new set of absolutes. No community likes to speak of decadence and its usually harsh symptoms; no one may even grasp the meaning of such an upheaval.

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  • Correspondence

    Jews on Abortion

    "Mommy let me live!" screams the tasteless headline of a pro-life ad, complete with scary pictures of a baby's diary; "May 1; Today my parents gave me the gift of life. . . . One week has passed and look, I'm no longer a single cell," and so on...

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