Chronicles Magazine Culture

Causes and Catapults

For over a thousand years, Western civilization was defined by the shifting religious frontier between Christianity and Islam, and the Muslim religion was the ultimate enemy.

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    A Tender, Unitarian Christmas

    Appropriately, it was 1984. The Reagan-Bush ticket had won reelection. The U.S. Olympic team had destroyed everyone else at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. The HIV virus had been identified, and a cure for AIDS would surely follow.

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  • The Rockford Files

    From Here to Eternity

    "Weapons—guns, knives, brass knuckles, cigarette lighters . . . " The young man's voice trails off. If he were not waving his metal-detector wand at us, I might think that he was offering to sell us a gun or two, not asking us if we were carrying...

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