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    It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article…

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    by Anthony Esolen

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    by R. J. Snell

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    by R. J. Snell

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