2009-02-27

Date: 
Friday, February 27, 2009

Why I Became Catholic

I am a child of Vatican II. Without it, I doubt I would be a Catholic today. Brought up as an Anglican, I would surely never have found my way into the church that...

The Reckoning

If it is true that, in the words of the military historian Correlli Barnett, “war is the great auditor of institutions,” then we Americans have more to worry about...

Fear & Self-loathing

The novelist Richard Yates, who died in 1992, was once called “a writer’s writer’s writer,” a witty epithet for a career spent at a maddening remove from the large...

After Great Pain

On a placid New England lake, teenage sisters—“two Cleopatras in our royal barge”—go rowing. Margaret, who is seventeen, luxuriates in the sunny spring day, smoking...

Painter of a Lost World

“If I were not a Jew...I wouldn’t have been an artist, or I would be a different artist altogether,” Russian-born painter Marc Chagall once declared. It was a...

Table Manners

The Gospels describe a characteristic of Jesus that really got the attention of his contemporaries. He was evidently rather surprising in his choice of table...

Sex, Religion & Prop 8

The vote on California’s Proposition 8 in the November election shocked and dismayed the gay community—and surprised others who thought it was a shoo-in vote for...

The Redeemed Life

The ancient Christian church understood that for believers, resurrected life didn’t start after death; it had already begun. It was not something simply to be...

Gay marriage, FOCA, Israel & Gaza

WHO SUPPORTED PROP 8 & WHY? Robert K. Vischer may have exercised a bit of bad faith himself in the way he framed his argument in the article “Bad Faith” (...

New Atheism, Old Apologetics

Energized by the recent success of books by such vigorous atheists as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris, Michael Novak returns...

Fast Passes to Paradise?

Indulge me, OK? Because while I retained some vague childhood notions about Fast Passes to Paradise, I was surprised to read, on the front page of the February 10...

The Liturgical Drowse

When I’m at Mass, I often find myself at the edge of sleep and occasionally right over it into a twenty-second burst of shallow, eye-closing, neck-relaxing sleep....