March 21, 2014

Commonweal, March 21, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014

Articles in this issue

An Unbelieving Age

That the death of God involves the death of Man is Christian doctrine, a fact of which Nietzsche seems not to have been aware.

The Real Battlefield

Robert Gates’s memoir has been criticized, but just as he did his duty to his commanders-in-chief, he now does his duty to his fellow citizens.

Letters | Darwinian ethics, Jesus & the Jews

Readers write on Elizabeth A. Johnson's two-part feature on Darwin (and the author replies); plus, responses to our feature on the state of Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman had the greatest range of any character actor of his generation, and his filmography is stupendous in both its length and its variety.

A Nonprophetic Ministry

Hansen includes a diverse collection of denominational affiliations and explores some of the most compelling conundrums confronting today’s military chaplaincy.

Reluctant Revolutionaries

John Dickinson and Joseph Galloway receive long-overdue attention in this splendid history of the First and Second Continental Congresses.

Born-Again Fiction

Kate Atkinson folds coincidence and a kind of Borges-like fantasy into the framework of a classic English country-house novel.

Faith-Based Persecution

Though the number of Christians killed and persecuted every year is contested, Shortt clears away misconceptions that other religions are the source of the problem.

Poem | Man Walking A Dog

Let us give / While we live / Bewildered thanks to God for what we have ...

Just-War Illusions

The just-war pacifist begins with a thoroughly realist assumption—that foreign policy is seldom if ever guided by rigorous just-war precepts.

Near Occasion

Many artists and writers, not necessarily religious, speak of the influence of religious language on their work.

Power Play

Events that trigger major international conflicts often appear small in retrospect. What's happening in Ukraine provides another example of this paradox.