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Child of the Revolution

From the May 2008 Print Edition

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey Knopf, 288 pages, $24.95 His Illegal Self is Peter Carey’s tenth novel. Two earlier ones, Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2000), won the Booker Prize, the most prestigious and lucrative award for writers of fiction in English. Apart . . . . Continue Reading »

Offer Declined

From the June/July 2005 Print Edition

The Future of Religion by Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo Columbia University Press, 112 pp. $24.50 The Future of Religion is the perfect primer in post-metaphysical historicism: it’s short, it’s clear, it’s repetitive, and it leaves no doubt at all as to its central purpose and . . . . Continue Reading »

Rehabilitating Truth

From the May 2005 Print Edition

Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions by joseph cardinal ratzinger ignatius. 290 pages. $15.95. May a religion other than Christianity serve as a means of salvation? May salvation be separated from the work of Jesus Christ? What may properly be said about faithful . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Wants War? An Exchange

From the April 2005 Print Edition

Paul J. Griffiths The intense debate in the United States since September 11 about the meaning, history, and contemporary applicability of just war theory”much of it conducted in the pages of First Things”has been instructive and for the most part at a high level of conceptual and ethical . . . . Continue Reading »