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John Zmirak

John Zmirak
John Zmirak is Senior Editor of The Stream and the author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism. Dr. Zmirak holds a B.A. from Yale University, a M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Fiction from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in English from that same institution. His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and USA Today, among other venues.
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Wilhelm Röpke infused his detailed analyses of modernity with a sensitive respect for the values of tradition and religious faith and their critical importance in building social and economic order... Born in 1899 in Schwarmstedt, Germany,...
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For centuries in English-speaking countries, mainstream history and science textbooks have taken it for granted that the Catholic Church was one of greatest single forces that kept the “Dark Ages” dark, by suppressing free inquiry, persecuting innovators, and...
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This year, as every year, the crèche has sat empty of God. The shepherds knelt, the angels sang, the ox and ass and eager lamb looked on, even Joseph and Mary stared down adoringly—at a vacant manger. There...
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Imagine a world where a brave array of new technologies has proliferated to meet our human needs by taming nature—yielding a vast increase in wealth, leisure and education. Instead of scrimping like our ancestors at...
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(An excerpt from American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, 2005) The roots of this ongoing conflict, a war which has raged at various levels of intensity from 1990 to the present, lie in the early twentieth...
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Garry Wills has continued to serve as the “go-to” guy for secular media types who need some spleen to pour on the Catholic Church. This past week, he admitted to NY Times...
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Excerpts from The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism, by John Zmirak Q: Okay, so we’ve worked our way through the uncounted millennia between the emergence of man and the first glimmers of...
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Last week’s mass murder in Connecticut was so appalling that we find ourselves trying to fit it into a theory, to blunt its emotional impact with rational gauze. That, more than cynical posturing, explains why people are so...
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The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines by John Zmirak Q: Why call this...