Sin is wicked, but when recognized as sin, man can repent, seek and receive redemption. But if the worldview fails to recognize sin for what it is, or worse, celebrates the sin as some form of grotesque virtue, repentance is not sought and redemption is lost. Even more concerning, this worldview does not limit itself to a solitary sin which hurts the perpetrator alone. Instead, it eagerly embraces and encourages a multitude of other sins which visit their wicked results upon others. ( Roman Catholic Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizha)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

James Q. Wilson: A Great American Thinker, R.I.P.

One of the many contributions made by Professor James Q. Wilson (May 27, 1931 – March 2, 2012) to American society was "Broken Windows," the article he co-authored in The Atlantic Magazine in March,1982.

He was philosophically in tune with Theodore Dalrymple, the British medical doctor and writer who writes often on the topic of cultural decay.  He did more than point it out, though, he wrote of how we could reverse it - if we wanted to.

Encomiums too numerous to list here have been written in the last twenty-four hours, but this one from Professor Daniel Drezner of Tufts University is particularly good, and links to several others.

Today's Wall Street Journal published several excerpts from op-eds written by Professor Wilson over the years in that publication; they're all terrific.

Updated 03/06/2012 with this Kay Hymowitz piece in City Journal:

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