Harold O.J. Brown

Theologian Harold O.J. Brown (1933-2007) was the religion editor of Chronicles until his death this past July. This article was drawn from Chapter 13 (“Crisis and Resolution”) of his final book, The Sensate Culture, published in 1996. The Sensate Culture itself was drawn from Dr. Brown’s observations and elaborations on the work of Pitirim Alexandrovich Sorokin (1889-1968), particularly his 1941 book The Crisis of Our Age.

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  • February 2000

    The Goddess and the Bride

    The distribution of rights, responsibilities, and roles between the sexes has proved very hard to establish by civil law. If we look only at laws and social conventions, we may misunderstand reality.

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  • Emerging Majority?
    January 2000

    Emerging Majority?

    It is reported that when British General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, thus effectively ending the War of Independence, his regimental band played a tune called "The World Turned Upside Down."

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  • The Coining of the Third Age
    December 1999

    The Coining of the Third Age

    In the early winter of 1999, much of the world is looking forward with eager anticipation or uneasy apprehension to the dawning of the Third Millennium.

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  • The American (Not Christian) Century

    In the late 1980's, I predicted that by the end of the century, which is also the end of the millennium, "The Soviet Union, or perhaps by that time, Russia, would be Christian, and the United States would be pagan."

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  • June 1999

    Pitirim Sorokin: A Prophet of Our Present

    The desire to know what tomorrow will bring, to know the future, is as old as the human race itself But how? Who among us has the "gift of prophecy"?

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  • A Quiet, Little Jihad?
    February 1999

    A Quiet, Little Jihad?

    In late summer last year, two United States embassies in East Africa were the target of murderous bomb attacks by Islamic terrorist groups.

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  • That They May Be One
    December 1998

    That They May Be One

    In this century, several different groups of Protestant churches have sought a measure of organizational unity: There have been a number of church mergers and there are ongoing discussions between officials and theologians of different denominations seeking organizational unity.

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  • Fighting Words: Abortion and Civility
    August 1998

    Fighting Words: Abortion and Civility

    Austrian sociologist Hans Millendorfer claims to have discovered, at least in his native Austria, a perplexing correspondence: his statistics show a rise in abortions paralleled by a rise in civility.

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  • A Good Report
    December 1997

    A Good Report

    Forty years ago, merely identifying oneself as a minister, priest, or rabbi was a virtual guarantee of respectful treatment, and perhaps of a discount in stores or even "professional courtesy" from doctors and dentists as well.

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  • September 1997

    The Subject of a Conference

    An ecumenical jihad was the subject of a conference, "Not of This World," held at Rose Hill College in Aiken, South Carolina, last May. Here Eastern Orthodox Christians hosted Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants in an effort to discover common ground and build on it.

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  • Not Ours to Give
    August 1997

    Not Ours to Give

    Gary David Comstock is Protestant chaplain and visiting assistant professor of sociology at Wesleyan University. The author cites his "lover/partner Ted" in the acknowledgments, and thus manifestly belongs to the group he describes in uniformly favorable terms.

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  • Partial Birth Abortion

    Partial birth abortion—a procedure which its practitioners call D&E, dilatation and extraction—is once again the subject of congressional legislation that would ban the grisly act.

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  • January 1997

    Defining Relationships

    The "Defense of Marriage Act" was making its way through Congress as these lines were being written. Having passed the House, the debate was turned, by the "good" offices of Senator Edward Kennedy, into a joint defense of marriage and homosexual rights bill.

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  • Sacraments of Death
    December 1996

    Sacraments of Death

    Sacraments no longer symbolize the promise of God to preserve thy body and soul unto life, but simply mark the end of a road, "No Exit," as Jean-Paul Sartre wrote.

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  • The Unbanable Book
    September 1996

    The Unbanable Book

    A recent full-page advertisement in the Chicago Tribune, which no longer calls itself "The World's Greatest Newspaper," listed four documents that supposedly are foundational: the Magna Carta, the Treaty of Versailles, the Declaration of Independence, and the Infiniti Retailer Pledge.

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  • September 1996

    Share Responsibility

    John C. Salvi III has been convicted of killing employees at two abortion clinics and sentenced to two consecutive life terms by Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara. The judge refused to let Salvi read a statement about his religious beliefs—or delusions, as his attorney pleaded—and the jury rejected the insanity plea.

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  • The Most Odious Form of Abortion

    s there any procedure so gruesome that abortion advocates will relinquish it, that senators can identify it as evil without expert medical advice, or that President Clinton will not protect it by the use of his veto power? Apparently not.

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  • Enough is Enough

    The heinous crime that was perpetrated against a 12-year-old girl by three American marines on Okinawa has harmed many people.

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  • Conflicting Beliefs

    When Christians invite Muslims into their homes, it sometimes happens that the guests wish to perform their ritual prayers at the specified "prayer time." This may be intended as a witness of their Muslim commitment, but it is not a religious obligation as such, as the prayers can be made up later, at home.

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  • February 1996

    Aunt Jemima

    Aunt Jemima, the jovial and plump woman who for decades graced the pancake mix cartons, was replaced a few years ago by a younger, slimmer figure, who was nevertheless identifiable as someone who could have been the niece of the original.

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