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 the fact that we have too much of it. In part one, Sohrab discusses the cost of living with unlimited choice and liberalism's oppressive orthodoxy. Is "political Catholicism" an alternative, and what does it actually mean? What is the value of a state-imposed Sabbath? Does civilization require heartfelt religious belief, or is it enough to simply go through the motions?
Part two of the conversation is available here for subscribers. Part one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Sohrab suggesting the law is not just a reflection of public preferences, but can be a moral teacher for the public as well. The conversation then moves onto other fascinating territory, including why Sohrab has gained more respect for Islam since his conversion to Catholicism and why he no longer considers himself a conservative.
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