From the August/September 1994 Print Edition

As If (Psalm 73) Here’s a picture of the bad ones I once envied: Everything came easily: they did not need To work to make their living, want A catchy line, an angle to find lovers or companions At the dining table: tan and fit from laps and basking Poolside, they order drinks and gaze at the . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the June/July 1994 Print Edition

Handbook of Evangelical Theologians Edited by Walter A. Elwell Baker Books. 465 pp. $29.95 Almost twenty years ago, Newsweek magazine declared 1976 the”Year of the Evangelical.” Jimmy Carter’s born-again Baptist faith and Charles Colson’s best-selling book Born Again had . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the May 1994 Print Edition

The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity. Edited by Peter Ochs. Paulist Press. 378 pp. $18.95 paper. This collection originated in a colloquium of distinguished religious thinkers-Moshe Greenberg, Hans Frei, George Lindbeck, Steven Fraade, and Peter Ochs-held at Yale in 1987-88. Out of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Making of a President?

From the May 1994 Print Edition

The Making of a President? It was with eager anticipation that I read the Opinion “A President in Process” by editor James Nuechterlein (February). But after failing to express any opinion at all and being unable to find any nice and neat category in which to drop President Clinton, the . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the April 1994 Print Edition

Martyrs and Martyrologies edited by Diana Wood Blackwell, 497 pages, $64.95 The story of Christian martyrs of the twentieth century is yet to be told, and one of the merits of this collection of learned essays, consisting of papers read at the Summer 1992 and Winter 1993 meetings of the . . . . Continue Reading »

April Letters

From the April 1994 Print Edition

The Religion of Journalists Stanley Rothman has written a thoughtful critique (“Religion’s Bad Press,” January) of the report “Bridging the Gap: Religion and the News Media,” coauthored by myself and the Rev. Jimmy L. Allen. Since I had major responsibility for its . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the March 1994 Print Edition

Catholicism, Chicago Styleby ellen skerrett, edward r. kantowicz, and steven m. avella loyola university press, 194 pages, $35 cloth, $21.95 paper  The City of Broad Shoulders has long considered itself to be the home of a particularly vibrant form of Catholicism. And while the strains of the . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the March 1994 Print Edition

Re: December's First Things piece on Heidegger (“The People versus Martin Heidegger”): quite simply, both Heidegger and Nazi ideology were nihilistic. That Heidegger's cant on Angst, Sorge, man as Sein zum Tod, and incomprehensible hyphenation of words already obscure and oracular have . . . . Continue Reading »