October 11, 2013

Commonweal, October 11, 2013
Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2013
Volume: 
140
Number: 
16

Darwin’s Nagging Doubt

Nagel’s writings about mind have long provoked controversy, but his latest book is, to many of his fellow intellectuals, outrageous. I think he's on to something.

Why Study God?

One might wonder whether there’s really a need for a special discipline to study God’s revelation. Can’t we just read it in the Bible and leave it at that?

An Imperfect Union

We have so confused the sacrament with the legal arrangement that the meaning of marriage as a Christian mystery has been lost.

Wild Thing

Is it a coincidence that this year, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s 'Where the Wild Things Are,' is also the year our firstborn turned two?

Not Dead Yet

The last liberal theologians worth mentioning, in the opinion of Theo Hobson, were Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich.

Serious Fun

In 'Waiting for the Barbarians,' Mendelsohn has collected essays originally published in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere.

The Last Word | Past Perfect

In manipulating a mouse’s memory so that it recalls being shocked in a spot where it wasn’t, science has opened the door to the eventual recreation of our pasts.

Letters: Syria, Same-Sex Marriage, Christians & Politics

Readers respond on Joseph Bottum, Christians in Syria, and the definition of "marriage."

Poem | At The End

of a late August evening / comes a light through maples / and over orange marigolds / a light that eddies over fallen apples

Bring Out Your Dead

A conversation on our most egregious death-avoidance tactic: the disappearance of the dead themselves from the rituals at which their presence is indispensable.

Fearsome Correctives

John Ponsoldt avoids triteness and makes you care; Cate Blanchett's operatic and annihilating performance makes Woody Allen's newest film a keeper.

A New Balance

Whether liberal or conservative, reform-minded or traditionalist, Catholics were stunned by the interview Pope Francis recently gave. So were many non-Catholics.