2010-03-12

Date: 
Friday, March 12, 2010

Why the Rush?

Pius XII was pope through most of my childhood. Though I never remember my parents speaking his name, a framed blessing from him, adorned with his severe profile,...

‘Public Reason Disease’

Generally speaking, the “religious left” in the United States is credited with broadening political support for progress on issues such as environmental stewardship...

The S-word

 In dark times, it sometimes helps to take a longer view. Abolitionists undoubtedly had many reasons to be discouraged in the 1820s and ’30s. Let us hope those...

Joseph Cornell

In a house shaken by wheels On a street ironically named Utopia, In middle-class Flushing, Queens, He created a shoebox theater In which a lovely ballerina Named...

Anglicans & ecumenism; David Tracy; climate change

MORE THAN ONE ECUMENISM? I don’t understand how Russel Murray (“A New Ecumenism,” January 29) can assume that Anglicanorum coetibus signals a shift in the Catholic...

Religion Booknotes

Looking Before and AfterTestimony and the Christian LifeAlan Jacobs Eerdmans, $14, 124 pp. Within the past generation there has been a renewed interest in narrative...

‘Peaceful & Private’

Over the New Year holiday, the attention of prolife activists was focused on beginning-of-life questions, as abortion and health-care reform took center stage in...

Absurd, or Worse

The reductio ad absurdum, as dialecticians of all stripes will tell you, is a simple and elegant way to disprove a false proposition. Assume the proposition is true...

Judicial Modesty

Last summer’s hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court were, as such hearings (unfortunately...

A Russian Lear

To be a national hero even while advocating radical ideas that inflamed the young, antagonized the government, and tore asunder his own family; to flee his own home...

Saving Women

Miss Havisham—Satis House, England, 1860. Satis House. Enough House.The name is ironic, given the place’s sad falling off. The garden reeks of ruined...

Holy Land

The sectarian violence that has rocked Iraq as that nation prepares for this month’s parliamentary elections has been a stark reminder of how tenuous the situation...