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Treating the Person

From the November 1996 Print Edition

Testing the Medical Covenant: Active Euthenasia and Health Care Reform By William F. May Eerdmans, 146 pages, $14 If one has time to read only a single book on medical ethics in the near future, Testing the Medical Covenant: Active Euthanasia and Health Care Reform would be an excellent choice. As . . . . Continue Reading »

Keeping Company

From the October 1996 Print Edition

In Good Company: The Church as Polis By Stanley Hauerwas University of Notre Dame Press, 268 pages, $29.95 “I do not want to be told that I write too much. Tell me what you want left out and why.” With those words Stanley Hauerwas sets before us another collection of his essays. I will . . . . Continue Reading »


From the May 1996 Print Edition

Integrity By Stephen L. Carter Basic Books, 261 pages, $24 I am probably the wrong person to review this book. Although I don’t much like playing card games, one that I do like a lot is a game called Rage . What I like about it is that players are “permitted” to cheat. Of course, if . . . . Continue Reading »


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 »