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Articles from No. 151, March

An Examined Faith: The Grace of Self-Doubt
AN EXAMINED FAITH: THE GRACE OF SELF-DOUBT. By JAMES M. GUSTAFSON. Fortress. 119pp. $15 paper.America's senior Protestant ethicist here gives us another volume that ought not to pass without due appreciation and due concern. In this collection of recent...
Chaplain of Shadows
Chaplain of Shadows SECOND SPACE By CZESLAW MILOSZ Translated by the author and Robert Hass Ecco. 102pp. $23.95.Second Space is the final collection of poems by the great Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, who died last August at the age of 93. A short book,...
Christ and Casserole
Christ and Casserole GILEAD By MARILYNNE ROBINSON Farrar, Straus and Giroux 247pp. $23.MARILYNNE ROBINSON'S Housekeeping, published in 1981, is an extraordinary work of art, and many readers have waited impatiently for Robinson to publish a second novel....
Correspondence
A Moral Moment Missed?Richard John Neuhaus' "Internationalisms" (Public Square, December 2004) fails to discuss the current war in terms of just war theory, which include just cause, right intention, competent authority, reasonable chance of success,...
C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason
C. S. LEWIS'S DANGEROUS IDEA: IN DEFENSE OF THE ARGUMENT FROM REASON. By VICTOR REPPERT. InterVarsity. 132 pp. $13 paper.Judging them solely by their impact on the educated public, Biaise Pascal and C. S. Lewis must count as the two most effective apologists...
Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis
EURABIA: THE EURO-ARAB Axis. By BAT YE'oR. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 384pp. $23.95paper.Bat YeOr is an Egyptian-born French scholar of Islam who has been in the forefront of those trying to awaken the West to the multiple threats posed by...
Four Cultures of the West
FOUR CULTURES OF THE WEST. By JOHN W. O'MALLEY. Harvard University Press. 261 pp. $24.95.Like all good historians John O'Malley, the distinguished historian of the Catholic Reformation, has always read far beyond his field of specialization. In this...
Helping Troubled Adolescents
In 2003 City Journal, the influential publication of the Manhattan Institute, ran a much-discussed article on the widespread promotion (promotion is the necessary word) of homosexuality in public schools (see Marjorie King, "Queering the Schools," Spring...
Hot Spell
O sun, old alchemist, you've set us wrong.Heat grips the land; the ditch-cut where the standof alders sipped is dry. Your brassy gonghas summoned dust from Africa and dancingdecks have sprung beyond the town so nightsbring shadows through the fields...
Let My People Go
Let My People Go CHRISTIANS VERSUS MUSLIMS IN MODERN EGYPT: THE CENTURY-LONG STRUGGLE FOR COPTIC EQUALITY By S. S. HASAN Oxford University Press 320pp. $49.95.SANA HASAN, an Egyptian scholar best known for her Enemy in the Promised Land, has written...
My Cup of Tea
MY CUP OF TEA. By DANIELLE BEAN. Pauline, 192pp. $15.95paper.Although many excellent books have been published about the teaching of John Paul II on marriage and the family, excellent books about how to apply this teaching and put it into practice on...
Psychology in Recovery
Modern psychology, like Caesar's Gaul, has classically been divided into three parts: there is experimental psychology, test-and-measurement psychology, and therapeutic psychology. All three branches have been in steady operation since the late nineteenth...
Secularization Doesn't Just Happen
A Continuing Survey of Religion, Culture, and Public LifeSECULARIZATION DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN"As society became more modern, it became more secular." That sentence has about it a certain "of courseness." It or its equivalent is to be found in numerous...
Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling
SHAMING THE DEVIL: ESSAYS IN TRUTHTELLING. By ALAN JACOBS. Eerdmans. 231 pp. $20.Books of literate and entertaining essays on occasional topics-what used to be called belles-lettres-are no longer common, and that is a shame. There's no better book to...
Sin, Grace, and Zero Tolerance
Germain GrisezThe Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the Catholic bishops of the United States in Dallas in 2002, is being reviewed and will be revisited by the bishops at their meeting in June 2005. Article 5 of the...
Speaking about the Unspeakable
Don't talk about it. The more we talk about it, the more we make it seem normal. That is one view of the matter. The subject is torture. It is a subject that keeps cropping up in the news in connection with U.S. treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo....
The Call to Holiness
Over more than ten years, this group of Evangelicals and Catholics, speaking as individuals committed to their respective communities but without any official mandate, has explored important areas of agreement and disagreement among us. In our first...
The Church in World Politics
The Merton Lecture at Columbia University honors Thomas Merton, the monk-poet best remembered for The Seven Storey Mountain, the account of his discovery of Christ and the Church. This year the Merton Lecture was given by Archbishop Celestino Migliore,...
The Patriarchal Bargain
The Patriarchal Bargain SOFT PATRIARCHS, NEW MEN: How CHRISTIANITY SHAPES FATHERS AND HUSBANDS By W. BRADFORD WILCOX University of Chicago Press 328pp. $20 paper.IN THE IMAGESIATIONS of feminists and their admirers in the media and intelligentsia, there...
The Right Wrongs
The Right Wrongs THE LESSER EVIL: POLITICAL ETHICS IN THE AGE OF TERROR By MICHAEL IGNATIEFF Princeton University Press 212 pp. $22.95.Is it ever justifiable to do evil that good may come of it? Addressing the threat posed by terrorism, Michael Ignatieff...
To Fast Again
The renewal inaugurated by the second Vatican Council sprang in large part from the liberating discovery of the depth and variety of Catholic tradition. Yet paradoxically the post-conciliar reforms were sometimes implemented in a spirit of philistine...
Tsunami and Theodicy
No one, no matter how great the scope of his imagination, should be able easily to absorb the immensity of the catastrophe that struck the Asian rim of the Indian Ocean and the coast of Somalia on the second day of Christmas this past year; nor would...
What's Right with Kansas
What's Right with KansasThe outcome of last November's election was a long time in the making. It is clear, in the easy wisdom of hindsight, that the Democratic Party's descent into its present minority status began more than thirty-five years ago. Starting...
While We're at It
* There are these advertisements in the Times Literary Supplement for T-shirts inscribed with the words of those described as the wise men. Albert Camus, for instance: "All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football." Followed...
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