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Articles from No. 180, February

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
AMAZING GRACE: WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AND THE HEROIC CAMPAIGN TO END SLAVERY by Eric Metaxas HarperOne, 320 pages, $13 (paper)In a book that modestly maintains that its purpoce is not "to break new ground," the author makes the somewhat immodest claim that...
American Preeminence, for Better and for Worse
Michael Northcott, professor of ethics at the University of Edinburgh, illustrates the embarrassing silliness of so much of the contemporary professoriate. In New Blackfriars, Northcott tells us that fear is being marketed to us by the Bush and Blair...
Correspondence
Angles on AnglicanismWhat Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi describes in his essay "What Is Anglicanism?" (August/September 2007) may be true of the Anglican Province Church of Uganda, but it is not true of all the Anglican Communion. Miranda Hassett in her...
Cry Havoc!: The Great American Bring-Down and How It Happened
CRY HAVOC!: THE GREAT AMERICAN BRING-DOWN AND HOW IT HAPPENED by Ralph de Toledano Anthem, 254 pages, $18G.K. Chesterton's fantastic tale The Man Who Was Thursday warns of "a purely intellectual conspiracy" that would "threaten the very existence of...
Getting Stem Cells Right
A true, no-cost resolution of a conflict, where the interests of all parties are served without compromise, is an exceedingly rare thing. Yet just such an unlikely resolution may be in hand for one of the most acrimonious conflicts of recent times: the...
Henry Hyde (1924-2007)
In September 1984, I had a sabbatical year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One day-while I was having lunch with a Seattle congressman, Joel Pritchard, then in the midst of a bout of chemotherapy-a portly gendeman came up to...
Immigration and the Bishops
Frustrated by the national government's failed efforts to reform our immigration laws, many states and municipalities have begun taking matters into their own hands. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than 240 immigration-related...
In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas
IN PRAISE OF PREJUDICE: THE NECESSITY OF PRECONCEIVED IDEAS by Theodore Dalrymple Encounter, 129 pages, $20Theodore Dalrymple is a man of prejudice, and he argues that it's a good thing. Good prejudices, Dalrymple writes, come before metaphysics and...
Interior Freedom
INTERIOR FREEDOM by Jacques Philippe Scepter, 134pages, $9.95 (paper)In a world that places more demands on people's shoulders than ever before-from keeping up with endless strains of e-mail to meeting the next deadline, from keeping the boss happy to...
Islam and Christianity: Changing the Subject
After Pope Benedict's historic address on faith and reason at Regensburg University on September 12, 2006, a group of thirty-eight prominent Muslims from diverse schools of thought wrote him a letter in the hope of arriving at "mutual understanding."...
Neither Hot nor Cold
Neither Hot Nor Cold GODLY REPUBLIC: A CENTRIST BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA'S FAITH-BASED FUTURE BY JOHN J. DIIULIO JR. University of California Press, 329 pages, $24.95Reviewed by James NuechterleinIT IS, AS A GENERAL RULE, wise to be skeptical of those who...
Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education
RENEWING MINDS: SERVING CHURCH AND SOCIETY THROUGH CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION by David S. Dockery B&H, 264pages, $19.99 (paper)"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind," Paul commands die Romans. As the rich Christian heritage repeatedly attests,...
Rethinking the Past
Rethinking the Past A NEW HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY by ANTHONY KENNY Oxford University Press, 4 volumes in one, 1,456 pages, $120Reviewed by Michael GermanIF THOSE IGNORANT OF history are doomed to repeat it, those ignorant of the history of philosophy...
Rhyming Poems: A Contemporary Anthology
RHYMING POEMS: A CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY edited by William Baer University ofEvansville Press, 168 pages, $12 (paper)As editor of The Formalist throughout that journal's celebrated fifteen-year run, founder of the annual Richard Wilbur Book Award, and...
Roaming Baptists
Roaming Baptists TOWARDS BAPTIST CATHOLICITY by STEVEN R. HARMON Wipf & Stock, 275 pages, $30Reviewed by Curtis W. FreemanGIVEN THE BITTERNESS of the Baptist Battles of the past decades, it is amazing that liberals and conservatives still agree about...
Saved in Hope: Benedict's Second Encyclical
"Spe salvi facti sumus-in hope we were saved. So says Saint Paul to the Romans, and also to us (Rom. 8:24)." That's the opening of Pope Benedict's second encyclical. John Allen, a typically dioughtful reporter on all things Catholic, says the encyclical...
Secularization Falsified
It has been more than a century since Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God. The prophecy was widely accepted as referring to an alleged fact about increasing disbelief in religion, both by those who rejoiced in it and those who deplored it. As the twentieth...
The Last Freedom: Religion from the Public School to the Public Square
THE LAST FREEDOM: RELIGION FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO THE PUBLIC SQUARE by Joseph Viteritti Princeton University Press, 294 pages, $27.95In his 1999 book, Choosing Equality, Joseph Viteritti presented a compelling and eloquent case, grounded in equality...
Theology, Politics, and Abraham Joshua Heschel
Theology, Politics, and Abraham Joshua Heschel Spiritual Radical- Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972 by Edward K. Kaplan Yale University Press, 544 pages, $40A braham Joshua Heschel is probably best remembered today for his political activism...
The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism on Law, Politics, and Human Nature
THE TEACHINGS OF MODERN ROMAN CATHOLICISM ON LAW, POLITICS, AND HUMAN NATURE edited by John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander Columbia University Press, 536 pages, $79.50Adorned with an "Introduction to Modern Catholicism" by Russell Hittinger, this collection...
The Wages of Advocacy
The Wages of Advocacy Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality by Martha Nussbaum Basic Books, 320 pages, $27.50Reviewed by Steven D. SmithMartha Nussbaum's Liberty of Conscience is a blend mixed from approximately...
Till We Have Built Jerusalem
Till We Have Built Jerusalem THE ARCHITECTURE OF RALPH ADAMS CRAM AND HIS OFFICE by ETHAN ANTHONY W.W. Norton, 176 pages, $60Reviewed by Matthew AldermanRALPH ADAMS CRAM-the twentieth-century church builder, neomedieval social critic, spinner of ghost...
Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief
TOKENS OF TRUST: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN BELIEF by Rowan Williams Westminster John Knox, 159 pages, $16.95How does one introduce the intelligent skeptic to Christian belief? The archbishop of Canterbury aims to do so with a book bridging the interests...
While We're at It
Five-point Calvinism, as many readers will know, refers to TULIP. TULIP, in turn, refers to Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and the Perseverance of the saints. Put too briefly, total depravity means that,...
Who Can Be Saved?
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Nothing is more striking in the New Testament than the confidence with which it proclaims the saving power of belief in Christ. Almost every page confronts us with a decision of eternal consequence:...
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