In 2017, I literally went around the world in 80 days as part of a series I was writing on how the world stacked up against America. Like Phileas Fogg, minus the hot air balloon, I visited every continent but Antarctica. I explored the Amazon rainforest with a naturalist in Brazil, shot AK-47s with former Viet Cong in Vietnam, hid from the Islamic Fulani Herdsmen Militia in Nigeria, drove the Great Ocean Highway in Australia, and walked the barbed wire of the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula. As such things often go, the project is now in its third year and some 29 countries and counting. Mainland China, however, is not part of our tour.

Larry Alex Taunton is an author, cultural commentator, and freelance columnist contributing to USA TODAYFox NewsFirst ThingsThe AtlanticCNN, and The American Spectator.  In addition to being a frequent radio and television guest, he is also the author of The Grace  Effect and The Gospel Coalition Arts and Culture Book of the Year, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. You can subscribe to his blog at

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