September 25 issue, now online
Believe it or not, another issue of Commonweal is on its way to subscribers. Here’s what everyone can read online:
- Paul Moses’s cover story, “Mission Improbable: St. Francis & the Sultan,” an account of St. Francis of Assisi’s attempt to end the Crusades in 1219 by converting Egypt’s Sultan Malik al-Kamil to Christianity.
- Our editorial on the war in Afghanistan — “Why Are We There?”
- Rand Richards Cooper’s review of the films The Baader Meinhof Complex and The English Surgeon.
And that’s just a start. Maura Ryan’s article “Toxic Legacy: Why the Environment Is a Life Issue” proposes “five concrete ways for Obama to move from promise to action on children’s environmental health.” Melinda Henneberger’s column examines how “the anger industry” influences American politics. The “Last Word” essay by Kenneth L. Parker explores the sad fate of the ancient Nubian Church. And our book review section includes the latest installment of Lawrence S. Cunningham’s Religion Booknotes, as well as Denis Donoghue on Frederick Seidel’s collected poems; Paul O’Donnell on Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia; and Andrew Gleeson on Richard Grigg’s Beyond the God Delusion.
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