John Paul the Scribe

An Appreciation of Centesimus Annus on Its 30th Anniversary

"When a society is perishing, the wholesome advice to give to those who would restore it is to call it to the principles from which it sprang."—Pope Leo XIII

"Christianity conceals within its womb a much greater treasure for a renewal of life than one suspects."—Johann Gottlieb Fichte

"The present Encyclical has looked at the past, but above all it is directed to the future . . . and its intention, with God's help, is to prepare for that moment."—Pope John Paul II

It is easy to overlook the sheer productivity that characterized the 27-year pontificate of . . .

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J. Daryl Charles is the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including Retrieving the Natural Law (2008), Natural Law and Religious Freedom (2018), and, most recently, Just War and Christian Traditions (forthcoming). He is also co-editor of Abraham Kuyper, Common Grace: God's Gifts for a Fallen World, Volume 3 (2020). He is a contributing editor to Touchstone.


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