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Belonging

From the January 1996 Print Edition

Theorizing Citizenship Edited by Ronald Beiner State University of New York Press, 335 pages, $19.95 What does it mean to belong to a political community? Is such belonging, which we call citizenship, important? What binds a body of people together in a political community and sustains their bond . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Much Help

From the December 1995 Print Edition

On the New Frontiers of Genetics and Religion By J. Robert Nelson Eerdmans. 212 pp. $12.99 We are badly in need of books that will help us engage in moral and religious reflection upon recent mind-boggling advances in genetics. Unfortunately, On the New Frontiers of Genetics and Religion will not . . . . Continue Reading »

Defending Diversity

From the November 1995 Print Edition

Every spring a few of the better high school juniors in Ohio compete in the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. I imagine something similar happens in many other states. Although I pay attention to such matters only from a considerable distance, I was intrigued to learn about one feature of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Victim and Victor

From the October 1995 Print Edition

Narratives of a Vulnerable God : Christ, Theology, and Scripture.  By William C. Placher. Westminster/John Knox, 188 pages, $14.99. Over the last several decades the academic study of religion has been marked by a debate that, put much too simply, pits a “Yale school” against a “Chicago . . . . Continue Reading »

A Matter of Principles?

From the May 1994 Print Edition

The political theorist J. G. A. Pocock once enunciated his First Law of interdisciplinary communication: “Nearly all methodological debate is useless, because nearly all methodological debate is reducible to the formula: You should not be doing your job; you should be doing mine.” It is . . . . Continue Reading »

The Origins of Morality

From the November 1993 Print Edition

The Moral Sense by James Q. Wilson Free Press, 300 pages, $22.95 We read books and recommend them for many different reasons. Some are tightly constructed, theoretically persuasive works; others may be conceptually more confusing, yet very rich in their individual parts. James Wilson has, it seems . . . . Continue Reading »