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Articles from No. 210, February

A Jihad against Anti-Semitism
A Jihad Against Anti-Semitism The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism BY TAREK FATAH MCCLELLAND & STEWART, Z72 PAGES, $24.95In The Jew Is Not My Enemy, Tarek Fatah examines the history of Muslim anti-Semitism,...
A Philosopher in the Twilight
In his preface to the Philosophy of Right, Hegel famously remarks that the owl of Minerva takes flight only as dusk is falling, which is to say that philosophy comes only at the end of an age, far too late in the day to tell us how the world ought to...
Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver: Honoring the Work of Leon R. Kass
Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver: Honoring the Work of Leon R. Kass EDITED BY YUVAL LEVIN, THOMAS W. MERRILL, AND ADAM SCHULMAN LEXINGTON, 25)6 PAGES, $80Leon Kass is a national treasure. I first came across his work nearly a decade ago as he led...
Culture and the Light of Faith
Since the Enlightenment it has been fashionable to denounce Christians for prostituting the legacy of classical culture. Edward Gibbon wrote that Christians had "debased and vitiated the faculties of the mind" and "extinguished the hostile light of philosophy...
Every Riven Thing
BRIEFLY NOTED Every Riven Thing BY CHRISTIAN WIMAN FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX, 93 PAGES, $24Christian Wiman is a poet of spiritual suffering in search of transfiguration. He makes no allegory of this impulse but tells it mostly straight, making him one...
Faith and Responsibility
Faith and Responsibility American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us BY ROBERT D. PUTNAM AND DAVID E. CAMPBELL SIMON & SCHUSTER, 688 PAGES, $30Ah, America. Where else in the postmodern West can you find snake-handling preachers; earnest middle-aged...
Letters
BEARING WITNESS THROUGH MARRIAGELiberal evangelical Ron Sider makes a strong case in favor of the ancient Christian and indeed natural understanding of marriage ("Bearing Better Witness," December 2010). He attempts to "balance" his article by simultaneously...
Race Matters
Americans like to think of their history as a success story. And so, by most measures, and for most people most of the time, it has been. Except, of course, for the matter of race. That issue has cursed the nation from the beginning, and we have never...
Squaring the Circle
Squaring the Circle The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends BY DANIEL J. MAHONEY ISI, 240 PAGES, $26.95How do you moderate and preserve a liberal order? The question is...
The Catholic I Am
In recent years those of us who are Lutherans have witnessed a steady stream of Lutheran theologians - many of them among our heaviest hitters - leaving the Lutheran communion of the catholic tradition to join either the Orthodox or, more often, the...
The Coens Keep the Faith
The Coens Keep the FaithIn True Grit, writes Armond White, the famously snarky filmmakers make a spiritually serious movie.Famous for the Oscar-winning movies Fargo and No Country for Old Men, the team of filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are less...
The End of the Bernardin Era
Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin died on November 14, 1996, after a moving and profoundly Christian battle with pancreatic cancer that edified Americans across the political and religious spectrums. Fourteen years after his holy death, the cardinal is remembered...
The Good News about Evangelicalism
Evangelicalism is not what it used to be. Evangelicals were once derided for being uneducated, unsophisticated, and single-issue oriented in their politics. Now they profess at some of our best universities, parse postmodernity, and preach "creation...
The Real Myth
The Real Myth The Myth of American Religious Freedom BY DAVID SEHAT OXFORD, 368 PAGES, $29.95Conservatives, argues David Sehat, profess religious freedom, but only to secretly assert the coercive power of law to force people to live under a particular...
Through Yoga to Christianity
In the early 1990s I was living a high-stress lifestyle: running a successful international business and raising three children. I had no particular religious practice to speak of, having given up Catholicism during my college years. At the same time,...
Waiting for St. Vladimir
Alasdair Maclntyre, who is probably the greatest living philosopher, concludes his 1981 master work After Virtue by saying, "We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another - doubtless very different - St. Benedict." In that book Maclntyre argues that...
While We're at It
* Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is said to have a way with words. Yes, and his ways are many and wondrous and were on display during a recent ELCA church council meeting, at which he spoke about faithfulness...
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