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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 10, November

A Fundamental Moral Decision: How Can We, in Good Conscience, Deny Health Care to Anyone Who's Sick? We Can't
THE TERM "PRO-LIFE" is used with great seriousness in politics, and also as a political cudgel. If ever there were an issue on which those words have clear relevance and resonance, it is health-care reform. Pro-life activists are deeply engaged...
A Matter of Social Conscience: The Goal Is Health Security for All
IT IS HARD to hear through all the noise on health-care reform. Average Americans are struggling to understand the details as well as the big picture. This is not easy in a media environment that highlights and thrives on the most contentious of...
A Strange Kind of Revolution: Corporate Con Artists and 'Populist Uprisings.'
WHEN THE HISTORY books footnote the heated "Summer of '09" town hall health-care debates, they may get tagged the "Status Quo Uprising." Unlike most liberal or conservative American populist uprisings, which are a backlash against the established order,...
Back from Retreat, Ready for Action
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MUSLIM MONTH of fasting, Ramadan, is over. For me, as for other Muslims, it has been challenging, and beautiful. But the purpose of the month--retreat--is not meant to last forever. It is meant to be inspiration for action....
Faith Principles for Health-Care Reform
IN RECENT DAYS, people of faith have raised their voices in the healthcare reform debate and started talking about moral values. Many have wondered if this is appropriate or even helpful in such a technical policy discussion. But from the Bill of Rights...
For the Healing of the Nation: 46 Million Reasons for Health-Care Reform
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OUR HISTORY, BOTH as the church and as a country, can be told as a story of confronting and overcoming great challenges. It has never been easy, and the conflict of this summer's debate over health care and the health of our...
From the Editors
"LORD, WHEN DID we see you sick?" This question, one in a series Jesus is asked in Matthew 25, has had a particular resonance this fall as we consider ways to improve our country's health-care system. The Bible doesn't contain a legislative blueprint...
God's Security Strategy: What Will It Take to Build a Sustainable Peace in Afghanistan?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JESUS ASKS US to love our enemies, to do good to those who harm us, and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. What does this mean for U.S. policy in Afghanistan? It means we should imagine what it would be...
Hawks against the Bomb: Consummate Cold Warrior George Shultz Explains Why Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
WHAT ON EARTH happened to George Shultz? So wondered Republicans and Democrats alike when, in 2007, President Reagan's former secretary of state emerged as one of the leading champions of the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Their confusion...
It's about Life and Death: I Attend Far Too Many Funerals for Those Who Are Far Too Young
AS A PHYSICIAN I often say that what I see daily are persons with complications of illness that never should have happened--that could have been prevented if my patients had health insurance. Complications that ravage the human body--that destroy essential...
Light vs. Heat: Science and Religion Books Explore the "Seen and the Unseen."
THE FIELDS OF science and religion ask fundamental questions about life--How was the universe created? Who is God?--and because of that, our public conversations often focus on ways science and belief are incompatible, rather than the harmonies that...
No Citizen Left Behind: Getting beyond the 'Single Plutocrat' System
A NONPARTISAN STUDY by a dozen experts highlights the "fundamental truths about health care in the United States": The system is in bad shape. Some citizens have no health insurance at all ... Costs are spiraling ... Swift and simultaneous reforms...
Nothing Comic about It: Whether the Subject Is Global Politics, Religion, or Revolution, Graphic Novels Tell the Stories of Our Times
IN THE BATTLE POPE comic book series, a slovenly, muscle-bound version of the Catholic leader bumbles from one superheroic adventure to another--with a hippie Jesus as sidekick. The only time a serious question of religion arises is when it offers...
Our Redemption Draws Near
As we end the liturgical year, we prepare for the gospel's final portrayal of Jesus--as Christ the king--and for a new year with Luke as our guide. Marks Jesus, as described in preceding weeks, is anything but a traditional king. Rather, this king...
Peering through the Wall: The U.S. Media Could Learn a Lot from How the Israeli Press Covers the Occupation
WHEN ISRAEL LAUNCHED its attacks on Gaza last December, Gideon Levy wrote in Haaretz, Israel's prestigious daily, "Once again Israel's violent responses, even if there is justification for them, exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness,...
Preaching on the Tough Issues
DURING HEALTH-CARE reform efforts this summer, it was suggested that pastors preach on the topic. This sounds like such an easy and simple thing to do--if you are not a local church pastor! Preaching on hot-button issues is never easy. I serve a...
Rehab, Quick: When Private Insurers Interfere with Good Medicine
FOR 25 YEARS, I have been a member of a private health insurance plan that seemed to be meeting my needs. My problems were routine, and so were their responses. No longer. I was recently involved in a moderate auto accident, driving on I-95 south...
Rites and Rituals: Expressions of Our Life with Christ-And Each Other-Can Take a Dizzying Array of Forms. the Following Resources Travel the Deep Waters of Worship and Prayer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AFTER THE "PROPER" way to interpret scripture, the second topic most likely to provoke a Christian death match, regardless of the denomination, is the shape of the Sunday service. Whether it is worship so "high" that the choir...
Seeing Is Believing
ONE DAY THIS past July I abandoned my blueberry patch to drive to Louisville and sit in a gathering of artists and activists--black, white, and Latino--who all said they wanted to help change the world. There were teenage rappers from the Mississippi...
Significant Others: A Daughter Ponders the Gifts of Giving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MY MOTHER IS offering her factory forewoman my first novel for Christmas. "I see her reading the newspaper all the time in the booth above the sewing machines," she says before leaving for work one December morning. "I'd...
The Public Option and the End Times: Searching for Sanity in the Health-Care Debate
"THIS IS ABOUT the dismantling of this country ... We don't want this country to turn into Russia," declared Katy Abram, 35, to prolonged applause. Abram was sharing her concerns at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, as the health-care debate...
Trouble in the Garden of Liberty
WHILE PURCHASING A slingshot recently, I began to wonder what message this might be sending to my credit card company, a business that pays special attention to my spending habits out of what I used to think was a deep sense of affection, or possibly...