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Stability First

The title of Gerald W. Schlabach’s new book, Unlearning Protestantism, makes it sound more provocative than it really is. In a time when it’s become common for...

No Labels, Please

Sometimes, when talking to younger audiences, the theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill will describe herself as a “relic” of the distant and benighted era before the Second...

Illuminating Manuscripts

Taking their inspiration from the Qur’an, Muslims refer to Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and a harder-to-define faith community, the Sabians, as “People of the...

Model of Dissent

The last time I saw Irving Howe was at Carnegie Hall. We bumped into each other during the concert’s intermission. He was aglow. Isn’t it wonderful, Peter, he...

Praying for a Living

A tattoo of a cross shimmers on an African Methodist Episcopal minister’s calf, a few inches above her red stiletto sandals. A chubby-cheeked young rabbi and his...

Radical, OP

Che Guevara once wrote that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. For some—especially those over fifty—that remark will call up the illusions...

How to Shut Up

I bought my first rosary in 1960. It was plastic and pink, and it cost a dime. Our Catholic school had mandated that all first-graders purchase a rosary from the...

Lend a Hand

Half the Sky tells a story and has a mission. Its Pulitzer-Prize-winning authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, don’t merely report on the neglect, abuse,...

Only Wonder Comprehends

From the time of the ancient Greeks, we have been counseled: “Know thyself.” As if we could. And yet we know instinctively that the advice is right. We should know...

Catholic Unity

With regret and some trepidation, Commonweal and many other prolife Catholic commentators and organizations, including the Catholic Health Association, disagreed...

Ratzinger at Vatican II

A look at the recently re-published writings of Ratzinger during Vatican II, and how his stances on certain issues have or have not changed since becoming pope.

Hiatus

While I took Lent and Easter more seriously than ever this year—in terms of prayer, Scriptural reading, reflection, and discipline—I didn’t go to Mass. In fact, I...
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Book Reviews

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Latino Pentecostals in America

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

'Til Faith Do Us Part

December 18, 2014 | 7 comments

‘Grave Ambiguities’

May 23, 2013 | 0 comments

The Fundamentalist Moment

February 18, 2011 | 0 comments