Many would argue that for at least a century we have been moving away from the moral certainties of traditional Christianity. Yet now a new form of moral certainty is reappearing, with much of our culture seemingly gripped by a focus on virtue and a tightly policed sense of right and wrong.

Should we welcome this return to virtue and embrace a new moralism that will purge society of its newly found sins? Or are these new certainties new prejudice and the intolerant assertion of tribal attachments?  Is our culture morally bankrupt in need of greater virture, or could we be in the early stages of a Salem witch trial?

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