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Briefly Noted 96

From the May 1993 Print Edition

Prospects for a Common Morality edited by Gene Outka and John P. Reeder, Jr. Princeton University Press, 302 pages, $47.50 cloth, $16.95 paper Eleven distinguished ethicists weigh in on the question of whether there is a universal morality, relevant to all cultures and traditions by virtue of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 95

From the April 1993 Print Edition

Newman and His Age by Sheridan Gilley Christian Classics, 485 pages, $39.95 Wilfred Ward did it, Meriol Trevor did it, and, more recently, Ian Ker did it, and one might have thought that there was no need for another biography of John Henry Newman. But, as is often the case, we don’t know . . . . Continue Reading »

April Letters

From the April 1993 Print Edition

Johnson on Trial? The publication of Phillip E. Johnson’s meandering and emotional diatribe against “Darwinism” in First Things (“Creator or Blind Watchmaker?” January) was deeply disappointing. To begin with, the failure of the magazine to identify Mr. Johnson as a . . . . Continue Reading »

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 »