2007-12-21

Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2007

Articles in this issue

House of Bread

Every fall, at the beginning of my undergraduate course “Exploring Catholicism,” I ask students to compose a religious self-portrait. I invite them...

The Gift of Hope

In this encyclical on hope, Benedict's marked intelligence, generosity, and clarity of spirit appeals to believers and nonbelievers alike.

The Mary We Never Knew

It’s hard to maintain the spirit of anticipation that should mark the season of Advent when Christmas itself has become little more than an occasion for...

The Revolution Will Be Amplified

It’s odd to imagine Tom Stoppard as a fan of classic rock. Post-Romantic orchestral works, or maybe Baroque fugues, seem a better match for his plays,...

Take & Read

My mother’s conversion was that of a mystic. Love makes each one of our lives an exceptional life. In mine, my mother was the person who meant the most....

What Now?

The Idea That Is America Anne-Marie Slaughter Basic Books, $25.95, 250 pp. ___________ Security First Amitai Etzioni Yale University Press...

The Haunting

Sometimes the real auteur of a movie is the author of the novel it’s based on. For instance, John Huston’s triumphant 1941 directorial debut, The...

Torture, priests, Amnesty International

WATERBOARDING & THE LAW The November 9 editorial (“Torture’s Enablers”) claims that “the Department of Defense has authorized waterboarding for use by U.S....

The Knot

Whenever I try to incorporate Christian thought into the course on family law I teach at a Catholic law school, I meet two kinds of resistance from my students...

Housing the Homeless

For the past dozen years, Pathways to Housing, a New York City nonprofit organization, has been helping to reduce the problem of chronic homelessness by a...

Suburban Paradise Lost

Tom Perrotta likes to write about trouble in paradise, the snake in the grass which will expel you from Eden if you let it. The paradise of his new novel, The...

Bonobo Business

Primates and Philosophers How Morality Evolved Frans de Waal Princeton University Press, $22.95, 230 pp. ____________ Our Inner Ape A...