2009-04-10

Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2009

The Question

April is the cruelest month for college English departments, and not just because we’re fans of T. S. Eliot (yes, he still gets taught, if occasionally—Shakespeare...

The Need for Skepticism

This book makes the case that news organizations often fail in covering major stories because they minimize or misunderstand underlying religious issues. It’s an...

Antiphonal Fiction

The South African writer and Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee made his name in the 1980s with Waiting for the Barbarians and The Life and Times of Michael K, darkly...

Mugged by the Boss

As a child growing up in Massapequa—the Long Island suburb where Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin were raised—I always viewed my community as patriotic and law-...

Double Vision

In the fall of 2000, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a declaration titled Dominus Iesus, reaffirming the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the...

Ethically Defective

Three Generations, No Imbeciles Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell Paul A. Lombardo John Hopkins University Press, $29.95, 384 pp.  In Reckless...

Highs and Lows

When he was asked to write the lyrics for the 1957 musical West Side Story, the young Stephen Sondheim reportedly protested, “I’ve never even known a...

The Earthly City

“What has Washington to do with Jerusalem?” After eight years of faith-based hubris and folly under George W. Bush, “far too much” would be one answer to Charles...

Faith in Globalization

Tony Blair’s students no longer laugh when he is introduced as “Professor Blair.” Even Blair seems significantly more comfortable with the title than he was in...

The Paschal Cure

In an exchange with the U.S. bishops during his apostolic visit to the United States last April, Pope Benedict offered the following challenge: “It is becoming more...

Virgil & the Vigil

With so many scientists, beekeepers, and agricultural stakeholders in a lather over “colony collapse disorder”—the mysterious phenomenon that is causing the...

Survivor Stories

Johannes Baptist Metz warned fellow theologians not to divorce talk about God from the realities of their times. Reflecting on the twentieth century, Metz wrote...