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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 »

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From the December 1991 Print Edition

On the Third Day by Piers Paul Read Random House, 259 pages, $20 You can’t fault novelist Piers Paul Read for raising some intriguing questions around a fascinating pair of archeological conceits: What would happen if a skeleton bearing the marks of torture and crucifixion associated with . . . . Continue Reading »

November Letters

From the November 1991 Print Edition

Defending Atheists I rubbed my eyes in disbelief as I read Richard John Neuhaus’ contentious article, “Can Atheists Be Good Citizens?” (August/September) I hope that this is not the opening salvo by neoconservatives to deny nonbelievers their legitimate rights as citizens. To . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the November 1991 Print Edition

Our Idea of God: An Introduction to Philosophical Theology by Thomas V. Morris University of Notre Dame Press, 192 pages, $18.95 A clear and solid introduction to philosophical theology, which is best described as an attempt to answer the questions children ask: Where is God? What is God like? How . . . . Continue Reading »

October Letters

From the October 1991 Print Edition

Decter Pro and Con Midge Decter’s “Farewell to the Woman Question” (June-July) was a superb little piece. She cuts through the two decades of self-deception, bullying, and patronizing since the so-called Sexual Revolution established its tyranny over American social life. Decter . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the October 1991 Print Edition

Faith and Philanthropy in America: Exploring the Role of Religion in America’s Voluntary Sector edited by Robert Wuthnow Jossey-Bass, 327 pages, $29.95 More than $100 billion is given to “charities” each year in the U.S., and more than half of that giving is associated with . . . . Continue Reading »