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Peter J. Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct Senior Fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is author, most recently, of Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor).

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From the March 1992 Print Edition

In A. S. Byatt’s recent novel. Possession, the main character notes that the one unchallenged dogma of his generation is the Freudian belief that sex is the mainspring of human behavior. One need not be a Freudian, however, to observe that attitudes toward sex, and especially variant . . . . Continue Reading »

Marburg and Modernity

From the January 1992 Print Edition

A history of the relation of sacramental theology and practice to Western intellectual and cultural history has yet to be written. The notion that such a history would be worth writing might seem quaint in our day, but there are hints that the enterprise would be a fruitful one.What, for example, . . . . Continue Reading »

The “Mabelized” Church

From the May 1991 Print Edition

Exploring the influence of televangelism on American religion in his book The Struggle for America’s Soul, Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow presents a typical, though hypothetical, case study: Mabel Miller. Mabel lives alone, thousands of miles from her family. She grew up in a Baptist Church, . . . . Continue Reading »

Conflict of Canons

From the March 1991 Print Edition

In his 1989 novel The Storyteller, Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist and erstwhile presidential candidate, describes the Machiguenga, a scattered and wandering Amazonian tribe, the various clans of which are unified by the activities of the mysterious “hablador,”or “talker.” . . . . Continue Reading »

The New “Lapsed”

From the January 1991 Print Edition

In the aftermath of the victory over Communist domination of Eastern Europe, previously hidden divisions are surfacing within the churches that played such a crucial role in that struggle. For example, the recent book on religion in the Soviet Union by Michael Bourdeaux of Keston College documents . . . . Continue Reading »