The year closes with ISIS proving it is far more than a ragtag group of dust-covered revolutionaries cowering in tents or caves to avoid U.S. air strikes. The Associated Press has named ISIS the top story of 2015. The terror group has proven capable of striking cities throughout the West and expanding militarily across the globe. Its leaders boast of plans to extend their so-called caliphate into Europe and beyond. Softened by years of relativism and safety, the West struggles to understand and respond to the existential nature of the threat against it.
The civilized world braces for another, seemingly inevitable year of brutal conflict with a regime that acknowledges no boundaries, physical or moral. As Christmas beckons, the faithful turn to eternal verities to find comfort and hope—and light to pierce the darkness.