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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 17, October 8

A GOD WHO HURTS : Still a Mystery
There is a little boy in my parish, about two years old, who has just had a bone marrow transplant which, we hope, will cure a rare form of childhood leukemia. I try to see him and his family about once a week, and have to scrub up and put on a sterile...
Correspondence
Where is the short giraffe? Considering the editorial "Expelling Darwin" [September 10], I was disappointed that a third opinion about Darwin's thought was not even mentioned. Isn't it held by some scientists that Darwin's theories fail to account...
Frontline Pope
Whether you love him, hate him, or can't quite figure him out, there is no denying that Pope John Paul II has left his mark on both the church and the world during the last twenty years. Certainly one indication of the pope's stature was the decision...
I WAS A TEEN-AGE ATHEIST : Memoirs of a Naughty Catholic Girlhood
Flames leaped into the horizon. My parents, my sister, Shalini, and I abandoned our dinner to race up to the terrace and watch the blaze. It was Holi, the Hindu spring festival, an explosion of mischief celebrating the god Krishna's shenanigans with...
MONKEY BUSINESS : What Really Happened in Tennessee
When the Kansas Board of Education voted this summer to remove overt references to the theory of evolution from that state's science curriculum, specters of Tennessee's "Monkey Trial" reappeared. The media had a field day-as they had the first time-writing...
NATO AFTER KOSOVO : Adjusting the Balance of Power
The most successful peacekeeping military alliance in history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), emerged from the seventy-eight-day Kosovo conflict both buoyed by its triumph over Serbia and facing tough questions about its future operations...
NUCLEAR DETERRENCE : Why Separate Rules for the U.S.?
India has officially published its nuclear strategy, which it describes as that of minimum credible deterrence. This, in theory, is a reasonable policy, if any nuclear-weapons doctrine can be said to be reasonable. However, the details of the Indian...
The Last Word : Gardening for Life
In February 1998, I was diagnosed with recurring breast cancer. It had been seven years since I first had, and then supposedly overcame, the disease, so the news came as a shock to me, my husband, Rodger, and our teen-age son, Robert. Struggling to...