2007-10-12

Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2007

Articles in this issue

Between Reform & Rupture

The last four popes all participated in the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) either as bishop or peritus (theological adviser), and it is clear that their legacies...

The Trouble with Religion

Religion, as it is ordinarily practiced, reconciles us-not to one another, in any interesting or profound way, but rather to the world as we would like to...

Primary Care

The United States is known for having the best medical care anywhere—if you can afford it. The problem is each year more Americans can’t. They lack insurance...

Our Gulag

Long before Guantánamo, the United States had its own domestic prisoner-abuse problem. The high rate of incarceration in county jails, and in state and federal...

Courting Schismatics?

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s June 29 statement on the ecclesial status of Christian communities outside the Catholic Church contains little that...

Modernism, the sisters, gay adoption, eating right

MODERN PROBLEMS R. Scott Appleby’s article on the Modernist controversy (“American Idol,” September 14) reminds me of Hans Küng’s observation in his autobiography...

Gun Therapy

Plato wanted poets and dramatists banished from his republic because he believed they reveled in emotion to the detriment of reason and citizenship while...

Culture Critic

A television review has the shelf life of a popsicle in August: its value is in the moment. A TV program that proves to be a failure will vanish from public...

Philosopher & Statesman

Although Sari Nusseibeh first met the distinguished Israeli novelist Amos Oz in 1978, it was not until he read Oz’s autobiography in 2004 that he...

The Sting of Death

Many people today have the greatest difficulty finding a way to speak to our strongest feelings about death. Luc Ferry speaks of the “banalité du deuil...

Faulty Design

  It would be difficult to name a scientific idea that causes more unease, more bewilderment, or more opposition than Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution....

Goods in Conflict

Just the other day, it seems, same-sex marriage was unthinkable—or even if thinkable, nonexistent, its anthropological and historical evidence rare,...