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Episode 60: Sohrab Ahmari on Liberalism, Tradition and "Political Catholicism"
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Episode 60: Sohrab Ahmari on Liberalism, Tradition and "Political Catholicism"

An Iranian-born immigrant, Sohrab Ahmari has become one of America's most prominent and controversial Catholic commentators. His new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos, asks us to rethink our understanding of freedom and choice—and the fact that we have too much of it. What does it mean to be a "political Catholic"? What is the value of a state-imposed Sabbath? Does civilization require heartfelt religious belief, or is there a benefit in simply going through the motions? And can a liberal society avoid enforcing an oppressive orthodoxy of its own?  

Part two of the conversation with Sohrab is available here for subscribers. Part one ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, with Sohrab suggesting the law is not just a reflection of the public's wishes but can be a moral teacher for the public as well. The conversation then moves into other interesting territory, including on how Sohrab has gained more respect for Islam since his conversion to Catholicism.

Subscribe here to listen to the rest of the discussion; you won't want to miss it.

Recommended Reading:

  • The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos, by Sohrab Ahmari (Amazon)

  • From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith, by Sohrab Ahmari (Amazon)

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