June/July Letters

From the June/July 1995 Print Edition

Cautions About Utopia I was much intrigued by the Patrick Glynn-Glenn Tinder exchange (“Time for Utopia?” March). As I read Mr. Glynn’s rather buoyant piece, I wondered whether the citizens of Sarajevo or Grozny (what is left of it-and them) would want to join the party. To be . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the May 1995 Print Edition

What Went Wrong? The Creation and Collapse of the Black-Jewish Alliance. By Murray Friedman. Free Press. 423 pages, $24.95. The American Jewish congress reported in January that black and Jewish members of the U.S. Congress continue to share “a common core of interests and values,” but in . . . . Continue Reading »

May Letters

From the May 1995 Print Edition

Cult or Religion? I rarely find anything in the pages of your journal that is mean- spirited and ungenerous, but I’m afraid that cannot be said of Benjamin Wittes’ opinion piece, “The Scent of a Cult” (January). The burden of this piece is that there are stigmata by which . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the April 1995 Print Edition

A Nation Under Lawyers. By Mary Ann Glendon. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 331 pages, $24. In a witty and readable blend of anecdote and analysis-a portion of which appeared in First Things (“Legal Ethics-Worlds in Collision,” March 1994)-Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of . . . . Continue Reading »

April Letters

From the April 1995 Print Edition

On Natural Law: Carl F. H. Henry & Critics In “Natural Law and a Nihilistic Culture” (January), Carl F. H. Henry argues that Thomistic natural law was unable to be a “cohesive social force.” Dr. Henry suggests that such a natural law has lost its appeal because evolution . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the March 1995 Print Edition

Learned Hand: The Man and the Judge. By Gerald Gunther. Knopf. 818 pp. $35 Professor Gerald Gunther sets out in this ambitious biography to depict both the inner life and judicial career of one of the cynosures of American law, Learned Hand. Alas, neither aspect of this immensely complex man-Felix . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the March 1995 Print Edition

On Killing Abortionists The symposium "Killing Abortionists" (December 1994) saddens me. There are two things wrong with it: (1) The participants, even when they regard the killing as wrong, fail to recognize that Paul Hill is an extension of themselves and that they are in no position to . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the February 1995 Print Edition

From Newton’s Sleep by Joseph Vining Princeton University Press. 368 pp. $24.95 This original book by distinguished Michigan legal scholar Joseph Vining finds surprising treasures hidden in lawyers’ ways of knowing. The title refers to William Blake’s vision of minds becalmed and . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the January 1995 Print Edition

Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Joseph A. Fitzmeyer, S.J. Doubleday. 793 pages, $40 Fitzmeyer’s new commentary on Romans is more than a commentary, it is an encyclopedia of the interpretation of Romans. His verse by verse exposition of the text is balanced and . . . . Continue Reading »