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May Letters

From the May 1992 Print Edition

The AIDS Debate Although basically an enthusiastic reader of First Things, I find the editors’ incessant bashing of the liberal straw man somewhat tedious. At times it seems that polemical zeal overtakes astute social commentary. One prime example of this [unfortunate] manner of social analysis . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the May 1992 Print Edition

With so many translations and study aids available, clergy and literate laity must from time to time make a decision about which edition of the Bible to adopt as their daily working edition. The Oxford Study Bible is a very strong candidate indeed. Its chief merit is the accuracy and . . . . Continue Reading »

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. It . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

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. Maximilian . . . . Continue Reading »

March Letters

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 story has been told . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

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 identity as . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the February 1992 Print Edition

Desires Right & Wrong: The Ethics of Enoughby Mortimer J. AdlerMacmillan, 200 pages, $22.95 The indefatigable 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 earlier . . . . Continue Reading »

February Letters

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 discerns that the . . . . Continue Reading »

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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 the . . . . Continue Reading »