A review of Assisted Suicide
Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization by kevin yuill palgrave macmillan, 208 pages, $85 I have always believed that liberals should be the euthanasia movement’s natural enemies. The liberalism to which I committed myself in my you
The Back Page
A few months ago, I began reading a book by the sociologist Christian Smith called What Is a Person?—concerning which, though it is very interesting, I have nothing of consequence to report just at the moment. I mention it here only because its early chapters
A review of Gabriele d'Annunzio
Gabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War by lucy hughes-hallett knopf, 608 pages, $35 An Italian poet, soldier, and dandy, an endless self-promoter, a man deeply intertwined with the intellectual trends and dramatic events that shaped his time
A review of The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy by dante alighieri translated by clive james liveright, 560 pages, $29.95 For me, the appearance of Dan Brown’s newest Robert Langdon novel, its dust jacket adorned with Dante’s flinty profile and a misappropriated title, poses a purely his
Coolidge There has been a rush to resurrect Calvin Coolidge as the antithesis of Obama, but one should be a bit careful what one wishes for. Ted V. McAllister’s review of Amity Shlaes’ Coolidge (“A Rooted Man,” August/September) pointed out that there were
A review of A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq
A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce’s Encounter with Islam by rita george-tvrtkovic brepols, 248 pages, $116 Toward the end of the thirteenth century, a friar named Riccoldo da Montecroce left his Dominican house in Florence to make
A review of God and Moral Obligation
God and Moral Obligation by c. stephen evans oxford, 202 pages, $99 Divine command theory is hardly in fashion among ethicists these days. Secular scholars tend toward utilitarianism, the defense of human rights, or accounts of the social contract. Others ma
The Common Mind: Politics, Society and Christian Humanism from Thomas More to Russell Kirk by andré gushurst-moore angelico, 264 pages, $24.95 An ambitious attempt to survey five hundred years of Christian cultural criticism, The Common Mind traces the effor
Telling the history of Charles Clayton Morrison and the Christian Century.
The idea that American Protestantism has a “mainline,” or ever did, was born in irony. The mainline is usually identified with seven Protestant denominations, all of which were small in their heyday of the 1950s. Moreover, just after they acquired the name “m
Left-wing gifts, Pentecostals, etc.
• One of the country’s flagship left-wing radio stations, where James Baldwin once debated Malcolm X and whose most popular host once grilled President Clinton on his failures to advance progressive causes (we regret not having heard this), New York City’s WB
On the Square
Nov 25, 2013 12:00am
When Pope Francis spoke about women in the Church in his now-famous press conference on his flight back from Brazil, he set off reverberations still being felt. “The Church is feminine,” he declared. “She is bride, she is mother.” He continued: The role of
Nov 22, 2013 12:02am
In those early days, before everyone was online, you chatted with whom you could. It was 1997, and I convinced my parents to hand over their credit card and installed AOL 3.0. It revolutionized my social life. It gave me a facsimile of one. The robotic so
Nov 22, 2013 12:00am
A few weeks ago at the Huffington Post, Bruce Chilton of Bard College traced the rise of American Premillennialism, the view that Jesus will return to reign on earth for a thousand years. Chilton concluded that “readings of the Apocalypse that predict mil
Nov 21, 2013 12:00am
Once I served a parish where we had enough guys swept up in ancient astronaut fantasies to have started our own MUFON chapter. I enjoyed things from the fringe, but one guy in particular was a true believer, if not a proselytizer: UFOs are real; there is
Nov 20, 2013 12:02am
For over seven hundred years, Anglo-American law has condemned suicide. Self-murder was a felony under common law; but, since the dead person was beyond penalty, his property was forfeited as a deterrent to others. Recognizing the harm this caused the inn
Nov 20, 2013 12:00am
On Nov. 22, 1963, the seventh grade at Baltimore’s Cathedral School was in gym class when we got word that President Kennedy had been shot. A half-hour later, while we were climbing the stairs back to 7B’s classroom, Sister Dolorine’s voice came over the p.a.
Nov 19, 2013 12:00am
What are a series of paintings featuring the crucifixion doing on show at New York’s Jewish Museum? After all—as the museum’s senior curator acknowledges—some constituents may find such a display rather transgressive. Yet, the answer is that these pain
Nov 19, 2013 12:00am
With only 266 popes named over two thousand years, the papacy is the most exclusive office on the planet, and—the occasional scoundrel notwithstanding—we Catholics have been mostly well served by our Petrine successors. Particularly during the modern era,
Nov 18, 2013 12:02am
The cultural climate today isn’t very congenial for men and women of faith. Graduate students tell me they need to be very careful. There are religious colleges and universities, to be sure, but for the most part institutions of higher education are domin
Nov 18, 2013 12:00am
Paul Robert Schneider (1897-1939) was the first Protestant pastor to die in a concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis. His story is one of unmitigated courage, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom. Only in recent years has he begun to receive some of the re
In the News Results
Oct 10, 2008 11:17am
R. R. Reno interviews Bruce D. Porter on his exchange “Is Mormonism Christian” with Gerald McDermott which appeared in the October 2008 issue.
Aug 15, 2008 1:00pm
R. R. Reno interviews Robert S. Miola on his review of Joseph Pearce's book “The Quest For Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome,” which appeared in the August/September 2008 issue.
Aug 14, 2008 10:43am
R. R. Reno interviews Joseph Bottum on his article “The Death of Protestant America: A Political Theory of the Protestant Mainline,” which appeared in the August/September 2008 edition.
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