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 Style by 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

Heidegger on Appeal: An Exchange 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 . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the February 1994 Print Edition

Public Education: An Autopsy by Myron Lieberman Harvard University Press, 379 pages, $27.95 The School-Choice Controversy: What is Constitutional? edited by James W. Skillen Baker Book House/Center for Public Justice, 128 pages, $6.99 paper Two new entries in the never-ending stream of books . . . . Continue Reading »

February Letters 103

From the February 1994 Print Edition

On the Moral Sense As one who usually finds Gilbert Meilaender’s contributions to First Things interesting, insightful, and provocative, I am quite surprised by his negative review of James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense (November 1993). To my lights, Wilson’s book is one of the best . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the January 1994 Print Edition

The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church . By Peter J. Leithart. Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing House (Phillipsburg, Pa.). 269 pp. $11.95 paper. If you appreciate Peter Leithart’s sprightly opinion pieces in these pages, you will want to get this powerful . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the January 1994 Print Edition

An Exchange on Crime and Punishment: William J. Bennett and Charles Colson I was surprised by Charles Colson’s criticism of my views (“Crime and the Cure of the Soul,” October 1993), and I must respond to him. Because Mr. Colson is prominent in this debate, it is important to . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the December 1993 Print Edition

Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson by Daniel Mark Epstein Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 496 pages, $27.95 Among the many colorful personalities who gripped the nation’s attention in the 1920s, no one fascinated the eager public more than the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, an . . . . Continue Reading »

1993 December Letters

From the December 1993 Print Edition

More on Berger’s God Peter Berger’s “God in a World of Gods” (August/September) illustrates how quickly a Christian may pour out the baby with the bathwater if he is willing, for the sake of “political correctness” and “multiculturalism,” to make concessions on the chief points of . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the November 1993 Print Edition

Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture edited by Barbara B. Oberg and Harry S. Stout Oxford University Press, 230 pages, $35 Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards have frequently been studied as competing character types in American culture: with Franklin . . . . Continue Reading »