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Thinking About Aging

From the April 2011 Print Edition

As the number of our years increases, as we age in that simple chronological sense, we also age in a more important and profound sense. Gradually but progressively our bodies begin to function less effectively, and that increasing loss of function makes us more vulnerable to disease and death. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Business of Medicine

From the March 2011 Print Edition

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott Beacon, 213 pages, $21.95 Warning: Reading this book may make you afraid to take your medicine. And that, of course, in many cases could be unfortunate or, even, fatal. We must, therefore, retain a little more confidence . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith Forming Culture

From the January 2011 Print Edition

Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village by Juliet du Boulay Denise Harvey, 462 pages, $45 In 1974 Juliet du Boulay pub-lished Portrait of a Greek Mountain Village , an ethnographic study of the Greek mountain vil-lage, Ambeli, whose inhabitants’ manner of subsistent living was . . . . Continue Reading »

A Dedicated Life

From the May 2010 Print Edition

Gilbert Meilaender writes a letter to his old friend Stanley Hauerwas . Dear Stan, I read your memoir, Hannah’s Child , with pleasure and had the sense that you must have taken pleasure in writing it. I started it on a Saturday and finished it before the weekend was over, so you know it . . . . Continue Reading »

Progress Without Pause

From the February 2009 Print Edition

Dear Hannah, I know you saw the news almost a year ago about the successful cloning of human embryos by a company in California. I’m pretty sure we talked about it at the time. Unlike the claims a few years ago by Korean researchers, which turned out to be fraudulent, this one seems genuine. . . . . Continue Reading »

Education & Soulcraft

From the November 2008 Print Edition

Here is Stanley Fish, writing Save the World on Your Own Time: “Not only is the genuinely academic classroom full of passion and commitment; it is more interesting than the alternative. The really dull classroom would be the one in which a bunch of nineteen- or twenty-year-olds debate . . . . Continue Reading »