September 27, 2013

Commonweal, September 27, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013

Articles in this issue

Here To Stay

Competing appeals from campaigns in the 2012 elections signaled the arrival of Latinos—and Latino Catholics in particular—as a pivotal force in American politics.

Peace Activism: What Is It Good For?

Andrew J. Bacevich and R. Scott Appleby discuss the present-day peace movement and whether it exerts any influence on current U.S. policy.

The Current of Creation

The profound transformation of public life wrought by Christian charity did not come out of nowhere; it was an inheritance the church received from the synagogue.

Through a Glass Darkly

In this brilliantly argued intellectual history, David Nirenberg asks how influential figures in the Western tradition have thought about Judaism over the millennia.

Failure, Succession, Success

'The Hollow Crown,' a marvelous quartet of new Shakespeare films airing through October 11 on PBS, is fast-paced, accessible, and packed with riveting performances.

Forsaken Ally

The end of the Communist era and access to long-closed archives opens a window into the largely untold suffering of Poland from 1939 to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

A Doomed Project?

'Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit' is distinguished by both its intellectual competence and it narrative power.

Letters: The Essence of Marriage; Funeral Customs

Readers respond to articles on the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage, and on funerals.

Poem | *

Everywhere at once, aimless / though the day lilies / no longer make a sound

The Last Word | Desert Hospitality

Salah sets down three rocks, in the center of which he places dried bush branches and lights a fire. This is the hospitality of the desert.

Known Unknowns

If we had reason to be confident that bombing some of Assad’s assets would save more Syrians than it would kill, armed intervention might be warranted. We don't.

Limited & Proportionate

President Obama is right to show restraint on Syria. But that doesn’t mean the United States should stand and watch great crimes being committed.