2011-02-25

Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2011

Articles in this issue

A Sensitive Head

Like most Evangelicals of my generation—like most Protestants for the last five centuries—I was raised to regard the Vatican as a den of iniquity and the pope as...

I Feel Lucky

For a long time I’ve been bothered by the difference between the expressions “I’ve been lucky” and “I’ve been blessed”—and also by the similarities between them....

Religion Is Not the Problem

The category “secular” developed largely within Latin Christendom, initially as one term of a dyad contrasting profane time with the eternal, or sacred time....

Europe’s Darkest Hours

The Devil, C. S. Lewis once remarked, “always sends errors into the world in pairs—pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking...

Readers Will Always Be Grateful

The novelist and critic Wilfrid Sheed, who died last month at eighty, served as drama critic and literary editor of Commonweal from 1964 to ’69, and continued to...

Calvinists Ride Again

As True Grit begins, the off-screen voice of its fourteen-year-old heroine, Mattie Ross, tells us that her father was murdered by his hired hand Tom Chaney in an...

Controlled Chaos

Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31 (1950) From a distance, the surface of the first painting displayed in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit on Abstract...

The Fundamentalist Moment

The word “fundamentalism” has come to mean the fusion of religion and politics. In America this means the Religious Right, a coalition currently overshadowed by the...

Alternate Ending

On August 13, two Islamic television networks were ordered by the Lebanese government to discontinue their broadcasts of The Messiah, an Iranian movie about Jesus...

Stability First

The title of Gerald W. Schlabach’s new book, Unlearning Protestantism, makes it sound more provocative than it really is. In a time when it’s become common for...

Roll Call Fourth Grade

Philip Jesperson didn’t recognize his name. Philip Bade wouldn’t take his seat. Betsy answered only to Elsabeth Ann. Susan wept in the cloakroom....

The Crucifixion

The culprit’s all but impossible to find in Brueghel’s flesh-packed masterpiece: Christ on the Way to Calvary: a cattle skull gapes on what appears a...