2012-03-09

Date: 
Friday, March 9, 2012

Articles in this issue

Shaken

“Where were you when...?” Nearly a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it is still a common topic of conversation. As an old friend and I walk from the...

Called to a Halt

You’re likely to think of irony as a literary conceit, and perhaps also as a pathological trait of hyper-intellectual elites. If you take A Case for Irony seriously...

Fighting over the Scraps

The main theme of this book is easily stated: a healthy democracy requires abundance and steady growth, while scarcity, whether natural or the man-made byproduct of...

Religion Booknotes

The Future of Christian TheologyDavid F. FordWiley-Blackwell, $34.95, 239 pp. David F. Ford, a theologian at Cambridge University and author of the excellent...

Open Doors

It is an ordinary summer afternoon at the Church of the Annunciation in Chisinau, Moldova. Visitors enter to light pencil-thin votive candles, spend a few moments...

Who ran the Inqusition?

Don’t Blame DominicWhen I began to read “Inquisitions” by Cullen Murphy (January 27), I expected there would be reference to the Dominican order, of which I am a...

Always Another Munich?

Alan Wolfe is a distinguished political scientist with a long interest in the nexus between morality and social policy. His newest book is an ambitious and...

Greece Trap

When the first international effort to impose an economic austerity regime on Greece was completed, George Papandreou, then prime minister, surprised and infuriated...

Three Poems

GEOMETRIDÆTo know this crepuscularfamily of moths, commonlyoccurring in vegetal regions,even inhospitable tundrafar north, identify its greenand brown or...

Imagination & Community

Over the years I have collected so many books that, in aggregate, they can fairly be called a library. I don’t know what percentage of them I have read....

Bad Reaction

Conservative Catholics complain that too many liberal Catholics instinctively greet every statement from the Vatican with suspicion, skepticism, or derision. It’s a...

Leaving Iraq

It was not supposed to end this way. Although President Barack Obama deserves credit for bringing an end to the war in Iraq that he inherited, if he had had his...