2005-11-18

Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2005

Thanksgiving in October

There were plenty of things to frighten a seven-year-old on the South Side of Chicago in 1983, but nothing struck fear into my young heart like the sight of a...

Burial

Looking for Its Luther

Although it may not have felt like it, September 11 was just fallout. According to Reza Aslan, the West, with its great commercial center in downtown New York City...

Bridging the Great Divide

One of the hazards of a clever book title is that it sometimes promises more than it can deliver. A reader who picks up Robert Barron’s latest work...

Divided by God

When does state action acknowledging the role of faith in our nation’s history become an illegal establishment or endorsement of religion? Where is the...

Anchorwoman

I’m only an infrequent viewer of Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), founded by Mother Angelica, because it is carried on cable television, which our household...

Good Night, and Good Luck | North Country

Arrow shirts, furrowed brows, steely replies, and the Hemingway ethos of coolness-under-fire abound in Good Night, and Good Luck, George Clooney’s...

Follow that Metaphor

Recently, prompted by the New Republic’s literary critic James Wood, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between poetry-in particular,...

Depopulation Bomb

Long before I took a professional interest in demography I had noticed a puzzle in the history of my family. Why was it that my wife Sidney and I, born in the 1930s...

At a Loss for Words

Pope Benedict XVI has put ecumenism high on his agenda. Right from the start of his papacy, he has reached out to other churches and stressed the unity of all...

Bad Neighbor

The world is watching as our war in Iraq drags on, a war rooted in the Bush administration’s distortions and penchant for militaristic solutions. The rhetoric that...

A Wounded Universe

During a recent talk at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, New York, Bishop Savas Zembillas, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, read one of...