2007-09-14

Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2007

American Idol

With the advent of a new millennium, what some have called “The American Century” officially came to an end seven years ago. The significance of the United States’...

The Reunion

I had an unfashionably good experience at Catholic schools in Minnesota from 1974 to 1985. Contrary to popular myth, not a single nun who taught me was ugly or...

'Crisis' Averted

In this age of the Internet and the blogosphere, magazines of all sizes and prejudices are having a hard time surviving. The print era is drawing to a close, or so...

After the Floods

The rainbow and God’s promise to Noah must be of scant comfort to the thousands in England, hundreds of thousands in North Korea, and millions in India...

Gay Adoption; Vegetarianism

UNPRECEDENTED EXPERIMENTThe discussion of homosexuality in your June 15 issue by Eve Tushnet and Luke Timothy Johnson (“Homosexuality & the Church”) has...

Me, Not We

I was in a funk not long ago, and a person in a funk sometimes makes bad decisions. Like the night I decided to take in Michael Moore’s Sicko to shake some of the...

Good Faith

Condemnation of religion has become the fashion of the day. Richard Dawkins, Samuel Harris, David Dennett, and, most lately, the elegantly irascible Christopher...

Authentically Fake

The late Hunter S. Thompson once arrestingly remarked that crack cocaine had ruined the drug culture. Television and corporate capitalism have similarly...

Identity Crisis

Of the cohort of boyish leading actors we’ve spent the last decade waiting to see turn into men, Matt Damon is the most surprising. For someone blessed...

Telling It Right

These collections are the fruit of two 2004 conferences held within a month of each other at Boston College and the University of Southern California. They...

What Happened at the Council?

 The story is told of a teacher in the United States who asked a class what Vatican II was. Silence ensued. Finally, one of the young students raised a hand,...