The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Sex, fidelity, and freedom.


Good parenting--the teaching of values--takes time.
What do we do when conscience and the law are at odds?
THE OLD TESTAMENT prophets claimed, and the New Testament witnesses affirmed, that a society will be judged (by God) most fundamentally by the way it has treated the poorest and most marginalized in its midst.
Why would I, a peaceful, usually law-abiding grandmother of four (not even a parking ticket) break the habit of a lifetime and become the "little old lady in tennis shoes"...
The great deliverer of the Hebrew people was Moses.
Jesus made it clear that we must love our brothers and sisters as he loved us.
The political leaders in place at this time are constructing social policy and vision that is fundamentally destructive of human life and well-being, particularly of those most marginalized by our governmental system.
The Bible gives very clear instructions that Christians should be subject to government authorities (Romans 13:1-4).
As a social worker at Bread for the City and Zacchaeus Free Clinic, I have had many experiences with those who are suffering.
It is wrong to make an idol out of the law.
If we could split ourselves
Perhaps I can best explain why I knowingly chose to break the law by recalling a conversation I had with my 7-year-old daughter before she left for school on the morning of December 7.
The story of poverty must be told again and again until we all recognize a responsibility to search for solutions and develop a passion to work toward their implementation.
The democratic tradition at its best has always had those who act on conscience in such ways that knowingly defy the immediacy of legal regulation.
The rule of law in a free society is an expression of the social contract between the governed and government and between the people and each other.
The law is our mutually created instrument to protect impartially the common good and individual rights from abuses by individuals, groups, or the state.
In many ways I feel like a hypocrite in regards to my actions at the Capitol.
The principalities of urban violence.


[Demi] Moore's strong flair for taking risks for jumbo-sized payouts showed up clearly when she dared to pose nude and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair....
The Struggle for Canadian culture.
Twenty years of the Atlantic Life Community.
Religion, values, and the public schools.
Jean Sindab's life of commitment, prayer, and faithfulness.
The real-world effects of the just war theory.


When we heard the weather report predicting another snow storm
on its way to Washington, D.C., our hearts sank.

I did not expect a great blue heron to visit my neighborhood in
northeast Atlanta.

Nights are the worst. I toss and turn, seeking a blessed relief from consciousness that seems to come only at dawn.

A cook is a chemist. All manner of wizardry and wondrous reactions occur in the oven and the mixing bowl.

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller once criticized Little League baseball for its interference in children's spontaneous play.

After finally digging out from the 27 inches of snow that fell on the nation's capital-a city founded on a simple democratic principle: "What's a snowplow?"

Culture Watch

The letters of Thomas Merton.
Richard Nixon got his 15 minutes of media redemption last year...from the grave.
John Dear on nonviolence and the nature of God.
Salvation, snake handling, and subcultures
The surprises of spiritual homecoming.
Growing up female in modern America
Dinesh D'Souza and the end of rationality
Sherman Elexie sings the Reservation Blues
The challenge of Dead Man Walking
For many in the Christian tradition, it's a common Lenten discipline to think about confession and complicity.


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Diverse groups join together to oppose military flights in the Midwest.
Conference gives network an energizing start.
The Truth about Affirmative Action
My father liked to dance alone.
OUR COVER ARTICLE, "Is Marriage Obsolete?" has its origins in one of those "highway" conversations, where you dig into the stuff of life while rolling over the interstate.
OUR COVER ARTICLE, "Is Marriage Obsolete?," by Elizabeth McAlister, has its origins in one of those "highway" conversations, where you dig into the stuff of life while rolling over the interstate.