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But why should freedom work and socialism fail? Because it understands man not as an embodied appetite but as a soul. Our deepest need is not for things but for each other.

─Dermot Quinn on economist William Roepke in “Too Small to Fail,” The American Conservative, 20 April 2009, p. 17. I think the term “embodied appetite” as a description of the human person is perfectly consonant with what we see both on the liberationist Left and the corporatist Right in our era, and it also, of course, is precisely how humans are lured to think of themselves at the near beginning of our story (Gen 3).

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Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

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