JB: 3.21.06 The curious thing is the…

The curious thing is the lack of memory. It seems a fairly obvious fact that the influence of religion on politics and policy¯and the general tone of American life¯is at one of the low points in the nation’s history. There isn’t a religious leader left who has the kind of . . . . Continue Reading »

MN: 2.21.06 AEI Book Forum

AEI Book Forum¯March 6, 2006 Who Was Washington’s God? The need for this book stems from the lack of interest in religion on the part of most biographers of Washington, especially since World War II. The occasion for this book was a magnificent outdoor candlelight dinner on the veranda . . . . Continue Reading »

MN: 3.17.06 A pair of…

A pair of articles on the justice of the Iraq war have appeared on the website Right Reason , in the form of a review of a new book bitterly opposing the war, President Bush, and the neoconservatives. The book’s title typifies the seriousness of the essays it includes: NeoCONNED . The . . . . Continue Reading »

EO: 3.20.06

I have just finished reading Jaroslav Pelikan’s Acts . The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Brazos Press, 2006 ) . 320 pp. $29.99. Let it be said at the outset: the world is not exactly groaning for another multi-volume commentary on the Bible. Library shelves in divinity schools . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 3.16.06 Amy Welborn refers…

Amy Welborn refers to the review of Garry Wills’ new book on Jesus in the current F IRST T HINGS , and then goes on to wonder about what makes Mr. Wills tick. The best she can figure it out, he is really angry that someone as bright as he is hasn’t been put in charge of the world, . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 3.15.06 Dan Brown, author…

Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code , is reportedly an unassuming and somewhat reclusive fellow who is a bit amused by the furor caused by his tall tales. At the same time, he is not at all ungrateful for the mega-millions in profits. He is currently being sued in a British court by the authors . . . . Continue Reading »

MN 3.15.06 On Monday one tree…

On Monday one tree here, another there, burst into blossom in Washington, and when the weather the next day hit eighty-five fahrenheit, more and more trees burst out white, pink, and a very light violet. Including, I am told, at least one cherry tree near the Capitol. The innocence of newborn . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 3.14.06 In spring a young…

In spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. And why not? We’ve finally come around winter’s corner here in New York. The last bits of snow, hiding in the shadowed folds of the buildings, have finally melted. The girls are no longer wrapped up in parkas like . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 3.13.06 On February 28…

On February 28, a congresswoman from Connecticut named Rosa L. DeLauro released a " Statement of Principles ." Signed by 55 members of Congress¯all of them Catholic Democrats, and together making up a majority of the Catholic Democrats in the House¯the statement urged . . . . . . . Continue Reading »