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Articles from No. 194, June/July

And the War Came
We all knew this fight was coming. The Catholic Church and die Catholic colleges have been heading toward a crash since at least 1990, when John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, his apostolic constitution for Catholic institutions of higher education....
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities DARK WATER: FLOOD AND REDEMPTION IN THE CITY OF MASTERPIECES by Robert Clark Doubleday, 354 pages, $26Reviewed by David Paul DeavelPITY THE WRITER who does all things well. Robert Clark's first book, a biography of the food critic...
Atheists and Christians Together
Atheists and Christians Together THE MONSTROSITY OF CHRIST: PARADOX OR DIALECTIC? BY SLAVOJ ZIZEK, AND JOHN MILBANK MIT Press, 416 pages, $27.95Reviewed by Edward T. Oakes, S.J.IN UNTIMELY MEDITATIONS, Friedrich Nietzsche spins a tale that goes like...
China's Catholic Moment
Not since late antiquity has the world seen a migration of peoples like the great urbanization of China now in progress. By 2025, migrants will make up two-fifdis of China's billionstrong urban population, a fifth of all the Chinese, according to the...
Cold War Religion
Cold War Religion RELIGION AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, 1945-1960: THE SOUL OF CONTAINMENT by WILLIAM INBODEN Cambridge University Press, 368 pages, $80Reviewed by Thomas F. FarrA FEW YEARS AGO the new American ambassador to Beijing was asked for his...
Collected Letters
Collected Letters THE CHURCH'S GUIDE FOR READING PAUL: THE CANONICAL SHAPING OF THE PAULINE CORPUS by Brevard S. Childs Eerdmans, 288 pages, $28 paperReviewed by Gary A. AndersonWHEN THE HISTORY of biblical scholarship for the twentiedi century is written,...
For a Young Dancer on St. Patrick's Day
At six, her stance isLike a professional's- she waits her cueIntensely and with no expression,The youngest in the troupe of girlsCostumed alike in skirts that flare like bellsEmbroidered with designsAbstracted tangled animals and geometric vinesDrawn...
Frontiers of Faith: Bringing Catholicism to the West in the Early Republic
FRONTIERS OF FAITH: BRINGING CATHOLICISM TO THE WEST IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC by John R. Dichd University Press of Kentucky, 240 pages, $50Renegade priests. Rebellious laity. Another scandal exposé from Boston? Far from it, whether geographically and chronologically....
Georgic
for Bryan Stotts, District RangerThis is the shoreline of a glacial lakebed.Some of its flora, fauna are endangered.Not so the leafy spurge, vile interloper,the milkweed puffing cotton to the breezes.Not so the cottonwoods or dwarfish scrub oaks,the...
Her Place in These Designs
HER PLACE IN THESE DESIGNS by Rhina Espaillat Truman State University Press, 91 pages, $15.95 paperSince publishing her first poetry collection in 1992 at the age of sixty, Rhina Espaillat has created a remarkably large and distinguished body of work....
Inventing the Crusades
Inventing the Crusades Thomas F. Madden The Crusades, Christianity, and IsUm by Jonathan Riley-Smidi Columbia University Press, 136 pages, $24.50Within a month of the attacks of September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton gave a speech to the students...
Jewish Survival in a Gentile World
There are only two possible strategies for Jewish survival in a gentile world. One is to be tolerated. The other is to be indispensable. The first strategy hopes that if every minority is tolerated, then perhaps even the Jews, die minority with the longest...
Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy
BRIEFLY NOTED KEEPERS OF THE KEYS OF HEAVEN: A HISTORY OF THE PAPACY by Roger Collins Basic Books, 566 pages, $35At the beginning of his preface, Roger Collins, a medievalist and Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University, admits that a one-volume history...
Keeping Time
Keeping Time Wilfred M. McClay A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor New York Review Books, 112 pages, $12.95 paperOne of the most memorable films of the decade was also one of the most countercultural: Philip Gröning's 2005 Into Great Silence....
Letters
Choose Your Own NarrativeThe main problem with George Weigel's evaluation ("A Campaign of Narratives," March 2009) of the recent presidential election- besides the blindness due to his own involvement in supporting and rationalizing Bush's tragic, do-it-on-the-cheap...
Pro-Animal, Pro-Life
Why aren't vegetarians and pro-lifers more closely aligned? After all, die best writing about ethical vegetarianism- the moral case for refusing meat, as opposed to die more self-interested arguments from health or finance- is good enough to provoke...
Sanctifying Islam
Sanctifying Islam THE THEOLOGY OF TARIQ RAMADAN: A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE by Gregory Baum University of Notre Dame Press, 178 pages, $25 paperReviewed by Gabriel Said ReynoldsIn 2004 the Swiss Muslim scholar and activist Tariq Ramadan accepted a prestigious...
Science Seeking Understanding
The conversation between science and religion has suffered two sad losses recendy, with die deaths of Peter E. Hodgson, die English physicist on December 8, and Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, die historian and philosopher of science, on April 7. 1 never met either,...
Starlight in Hell
One cannot say with assurance that Russia has outdone all other modern nations in cruelty; the competition is just too stiff. Nevertheless, the memorabilia of inhumanity with a Russian face are indelible: the birch, the knout, the Cossack's saber, the...
St. Paul in the Public Square
Consider this passage from St. Paul: "I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in die Holy Spirit" (Rom. 9:1). And this one: "For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth" (2 Cor. 13:8)....
The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays
THE MIND THAT IS CATHOLIC: PHILOSOPHICAL & POLITICAL ESSAYS by James V Schall Catholic University of America Press, 352 pages, $34.95For decades Fr. Schall has enlightened and entertained readers as one of America's most prolific Catholic authors....
The Tyranny of Liberalism
THE TYRANNY OF LIBERALISM by James KaIb ISI, 330 pages, $28There is no shortage of treatises against liberalism, but James Kalb's new book is distinguished by remarkable comprehensiveness and a refreshing freedom from rancor. It is an excellent resource...
Thomas Aquinas on the Jews
THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE JEWS by Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P. Paulist, 145 pages, $18.95Boguslawski broaches a demanding subject. The phrase "Thomas Aquinas on the Jews" evokes Aquinas' Letter to the Countess of Flanders, dating from the same period as his...
While We're at It
* Does the president live in a furnished soul? With a comfortable mind and invariably interested in so many things, like the Cambridge ladies so cruelly treated by e.e. cummings? That's the poem, you remember, with the nearly perfect putdown of the higher...
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