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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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It is not a surprise that, in the wake of the election, thoughtful conservatives (and, in this case, culturally conservative Catholics) are trying to sort out the new landscape.  The two articles below present somewhat different visions of where to go from here. 

Here is an article here by Richard John Neuhaus on ‘The Coming Kulturkampf’.  After briefly discussing culture (Western, American, Christian), he argues that while the Catholic Church has very often taken a transformative role in culture, it may be that the Church will have no choice but to stand against the culture.

And an article here by Brad Miner, a sort of post-mortem on conservative culture.  He is more on the populist side of things, and wants to embrace fully American culture (something like an attempt to synthesize high Catholicism and Nascar), which is another possible direction.

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