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A Complete Life

From the January 2012 Print Edition

John Hall Wheelock, a minor twentieth-century poet—dubbed “the last romantic” in the title of his oral autobiography—captured movingly some of the reasons we desire more life, our sense (nevertheless) that a complete human life cannot mean an indefinitely extended one, and the pathos . . . . Continue Reading »

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 »