Briefly Noted 94

From the March 1993 Print Edition

From Synagogue to Church: Public Services and Offices in the Earliest Christian Communities by James Tunstead Burtchaell Cambridge University Press, 375 pages, $59.95 In the tired debate whether the priesthood is of the esse or the bene esse of the Church James Burtchaell offers a provocative . . . . Continue Reading »

March Letters 94

From the March 1993 Print Edition

Uses and Abuses of the Christian Right Your editorial The Electoral Uses and Abuses of Religion” (December 1992) was an excellent and much needed corrective warning. However, there are certain elements in your statement that are troubling. First, it is clear that you are somewhat nervous and . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 93

From the February 1993 Print Edition

The Book of Legends: Sefer Ha-Aggadah. Legends from the Talmud and Midrash edited by Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky Schocken, 897 pages, $75 Anthologies are frequently described as “treasure troves” of this or that. But The Book of Legends really is a treasure trove of . . . . Continue Reading »

February Letters 93

From the February 1993 Print Edition

Abortion Wars (cont.) I read “Abortion and a Nation at War” in your October 1992 issue with interest, and might have found it persuasive if I had an open mind on the subject. But I do not have an open mind on the subject, and don’t see how any decent person can in light of the . . . . Continue Reading »

January Letters 205

From the January 1993 Print Edition

Fathers and Sons in Black and White After having read the article by Russell E. Saltzman entitled “Better Than Their Fathers” in your October 1992 issue, I’m a hit puzzled. Why did the First Things editorial hoard accept this piece? Other than the fact that it was written by a . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 205

From the January 1993 Print Edition

Theology and Dialogue edited by Bruce D. Marshall University of Notre Dame Press, 302 pages, $14.95 paper These “essays in conversation with George Lindbeck” are also essays in deserved celebration of a thinker who has done as much as anyone in the last half-century to advance . . . . Continue Reading »

1992 December Letters

From the December 1992 Print Edition

Pluralism, Nay & Yea From S. Mark Heim’s discussion of “Pluralism and the Otherness of World Religions” (August/September) I get the impression that today’s Christianity has little to do with God. It seems to be more interested and active in such trendy cultural issues as liberation . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the December 1992 Print Edition

The Founders of the Western World. A History of Greece and Rome by Michael Grant Scribner’s, 351 pages, $27.50 Michael Grant has written so many books about the Greeks and Romans that his latest reads like a textbook. As he acknowledges in the introduction, the present book is a shortened . . . . Continue Reading »

November Letters

From the November 1992 Print Edition

Beyond Good Will Alan L. Mittleman’s “Christianity in the Mirror of Jewish Thought” (August/September) sets forth an uncommonly interesting and well-crafted thesis. Considering the trivialization of the Judeo-Christian dialogue, its reduction to an exchange of condescension on the . . . . Continue Reading »