The Consequences of a World without Constraints

In a world without a creator God Who actually cares about us and about what we do, reducing pain becomes the primary thing that matters. And that leads to all sorts of deformities.

A march on Overdose Awareness Day in 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

A march on Overdose Awareness Day in 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Last Word
Jan. 27 2020
About the author

Eric Cohen is executive director of the Tikvah FundHe is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008), editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, and a contributor to numerous publications.


Thoughtful readers and critics are the greatest gift to any writer, and so I am grateful to George Weigel, Wilfred McClay, and David Novak for reading my essay on the meaning of Jerusalem with their usual mix of moral clarity and civilizational depth.

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