2012-07-13

Date: 
Friday, July 13, 2012

Lapel-Pin Christianity

Every now and then a book appears that redefines a field. This is one of those occasions. Despite the reservations detailed below, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of...

Overriding Irrationality

Daniel Kahneman is the most respected and influential psychologist in America, if not the world. Who else in psychology has been awarded a Nobel Prize in economics...

Modest Method

The latest work published by the prolific Australian Jesuit theologian Gerald O’Collins is an ambitious attempt to relaunch the discipline of fundamental theology—a...

What Sanctions Did to Iraq

Earlier this year eight Iraqi students between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three read the debate in Commonweal about the sanctions imposed on Iraq from 1990 to...

Tunneling

It began, Eleanor would remember later, when she caught him in the basement, masturbating—or so she thought, anyway, for a strange and topsy-turvy moment.She’d come...

Baby on Board

I went to a baptism the other day, in a lovely old empty church. It was one of those brilliant afternoons when the sunlight coming in through the old mullioned...

Immigration Solutions?

More illegal immigrants have been deported under President Barack Obama’s administration than during any other three-year period in the nation’s history. Obama has...

After Sarkozy

Nothing unbecame Nicolas Sarkozy so much as the way he lost power. In the waning months of the French presidential campaign this spring, he turned his back on what...

Simon of Cyrene

I saw the spears, the cross, the crown of jest.Behind, a shove—I fell out from the crowd.I felt the press of wood against my chest.Beneath his yoke, I bore the...

The Priority of Labor

Private equity firms typically play their cards close to the vest and resist public scrutiny, but with the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, Bain Capital has...

The Wind

Anyone could have said go and thendumped the words behind the train station.All kinds of buzzings and clickingsemerged from those grasses. I was walking out...

Canon Fodder

Politics is always the operative word in Elaine Pagels’s fascinating excursions into early Christianity. In Pagels’s view, ancient religious texts—regardless of...