April Letters

From the April 1992 Print Edition

Accuracy in Media? Among the first things that First Things is surely committed to are accuracy and fairness. Richard John Neuhaus’ references to my September keynote address at the Future of the American Church Conference in Washington, D.C. (The Public Square, January) fail on both counts. . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 202

From the April 1992 Print Edition

“Forget Not Love”: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe by André Frossard, translated by Cendrine Fontan Ignatius Press, 199 pages, $11.95 In virtually every Catholic church in Poland today, one finds three portraits: of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, of Pope John Paul II, and of St. . . . . Continue Reading »

March Letters 201

From the March 1992 Print Edition

Jews and Christmas How does one respond to the late”and highly respected”Jakob Petuchowski’s eloquent critique of those Jews who oppose the display of religious symbols on public property (“A Rabbi’s Christmas,” December 1991)? Not easily. But let me try. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 201

From the March 1992 Print Edition

Freud’s Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi Yale University Press, 159 pages, $25 This massively documented yet eminently readable text takes up the questions surrounding Freud’s last and conventionally derided book, Moses and Monotheism. Freud’s . . . . Continue Reading »

February Letters 89

From the February 1992 Print Edition

Why Christian Mission? While I agree with Richard John Neuhaus that Redemptoris Missio is highly important (“Reviving the Missionary Mandate,” The Public Square, October 1991), I worry that it is not nearly as “profoundly countercultural” as he believes. The six reasons he . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 89

From the February 1992 Print Edition

Desires Right & Wrong: The Ethics of Enough by Mortimer J. Adler Macmillan, 200 pages, $22.95 The indefatigible Mortimer Adler returns with vigor to the argument that Aristotle provides the basis for a truly universal and normative ethic. Almost half the book is composed of appendices from . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 88

From the January 1992 Print Edition

The Organizational Revolution: Presbyterians and American Denominationalism edited by Milton J. Coalter, John M. Mulder, and Louis B. Weeks Westminster/John Knox Press, 376 pages, $16.95 As more volumes in the “Presbyterian Presence” series become available, its value as a case study in . . . . Continue Reading »

January Letters 88

From the January 1992 Print Edition

“Talmudic””Properly Understood In his otherwise fine article, “Why the News Makes Us Dumb” (October 1991), John Sommerville writes, “Belief in the first amendment is not to be questioned. In fact, the faithful show their devotion by a hundred Talmudic expansions . . . . Continue Reading »

1991 December Letters

From the December 1991 Print Edition

The Evils of Capitalism While I agree with some of Peter Berger’s observations in “Capitalism: The Continuing Revolution” (August/September), I disagree profoundly with his model, several key assumptions, and his conclusion. First, the model. One of the reasons that economists tend to . . . . Continue Reading »