2006-10-06

Date: 
Friday, October 6, 2006

Articles in this issue

Side Effects

More than forty years ago, during my brother Robert’s first long-term hospitalization for mental illness, my mother would often cry out, “Someday...

Benedict on Islam

An intellectual and still new to the papacy, what does Benedict's apology for the ill-conceived remarks made about Islam in an academic lecture suggest about him?

Theology of the Body

The body is the only sign of who we are. That is why in canonical iconography God the Father is not depicted (because he cannot be imagined, which is to say...

Getting Warmer

My family was hiking in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons this summer when we came upon a grizzly bear just a few feet off the trail. Of course, we had seen the...

Losing Charlie

After our twenty-year-old son Charlie died seven years ago, my husband Ernie insisted on seeing his body. Everyone told him, and me, not to. Charlie had...

No Man's Land

"Bet when you were back in law school you never imagined that one day you would be flying a crop duster to Cuba.” I smiled in return at my new friend, a...

Darwin's Ghost

  It is one of America’s enduring paradoxes to be simultaneously the most religious of the postindustrialized nations and the most enthralled with science and...

Unjust & Indefensible

It is well that war is so terrible-we should grow too fond of it. —Robert E. Lee, observing the Confederate victory at Fredericksburg, December...

L.A. Stories

Even if you’ve never hung around actors, you’ve probably known somebody like George Reeves, the star of the early 1950s Superman TV show, whose...

Uncomfortably Beautiful

More than eighty of Walker Evans’s iconic black-and-white photographs of Southern sharecroppers and Northern industrial towns-taken under the auspices of...

Balance & the Bench

Borked. Filibuster! The nuclear option! The Gang of Fourteen. For two decades now U.S. senators have fought fiercely about the appointments of federal...

God's Country?

“I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the...