Briefly Noted 103

From the February 1994 Print Edition

Public Education: An Autopsy by Myron Lieberman Harvard University Press, 379 pages, $27.95 The School-Choice Controversy: What is Constitutional? edited by James W. Skillen Baker Book House/Center for Public Justice, 128 pages, $6.99 paper Two new entries in the never-ending stream of books . . . . Continue Reading »

February Letters 103

From the February 1994 Print Edition

On the Moral Sense As one who usually finds Gilbert Meilaender’s contributions to First Things interesting, insightful, and provocative, I am quite surprised by his negative review of James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense (November 1993). To my lights, Wilson’s book is one of the best . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 102

From the January 1994 Print Edition

The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church . By Peter J. Leithart. Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing House (Phillipsburg, Pa.). 269 pp. $11.95 paper. If you appreciate Peter Leithart’s sprightly opinion pieces in these pages, you will want to get this powerful . . . . Continue Reading »

January Letters 102

From the January 1994 Print Edition

An Exchange on Crime and Punishment: William J. Bennett and Charles Colson I was surprised by Charles Colson’s criticism of my views (“Crime and the Cure of the Soul,” October 1993), and I must respond to him. Because Mr. Colson is prominent in this debate, it is important to . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 101

From the December 1993 Print Edition

Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson by Daniel Mark Epstein Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 496 pages, $27.95 Among the many colorful personalities who gripped the nation’s attention in the 1920s, no one fascinated the eager public more than the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, an . . . . Continue Reading »

1993 December Letters

From the December 1993 Print Edition

More on Berger’s God Peter Berger’s “God in a World of Gods” (August/September) illustrates how quickly a Christian may pour out the baby with the bathwater if he is willing, for the sake of “political correctness” and “multiculturalism,” to make concessions on the chief points of . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 100

From the November 1993 Print Edition

Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture edited by Barbara B. Oberg and Harry S. Stout Oxford University Press, 230 pages, $35 Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards have frequently been studied as competing character types in American culture: with Franklin . . . . Continue Reading »

November Letters

From the November 1993 Print Edition

Dealing with Gay Advocacy The excellent and superbly presented article by Jerry Z. Muller, “Coming Out Ahead: The Homosexual Moment in the Academy” (August/ September), contains an interesting paradox. The paradox involves the following questions: Who benefits most from such an . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 99

From the October 1993 Print Edition

No Longer Exiles: The Religious New Right in American Politics edited by Michael Cromartie Ethics and Public Policy Center, 153 pages, $18.95 To list the participants in the discussions from which this book emergedis to recommend the book most highly: George Marsden, Grant Wacker, Robert Booth . . . . Continue Reading »

October Letters

From the October 1993 Print Edition

Christianity and Darwinism The debate between Howard J. Van Till and Phillip E. Johnson (“God and Evolution: An Exchange,” June/July) sounds a lot like an argument about the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. Unless one is a hopeless solipsist, the universe exists. . . . . Continue Reading »