The Common Good

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Cover Story

What does the violence in the Bible tell us about the nature of God?


A Bible study on the book of Daniel and empire.
A 9-year-old's murder tells us much about his neighborhood -- and about America.


Financial regulatory reform will work -- or fail -- depending on the rules written this year.
The world, and the world church, must stand with Sudan at this crucial time.
In the Middle East, people step in where governments fail.
The Gifts of the Small Church by Jason Byassee. Abingdon Press.


In politics there is always a spiritual choice to be made -- a choice between hope and fear.

Nonviolent civil disobedience has been a less effective tactic in this country in the past few decades for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is probably that our woes are more complicated than in an earlier age.

Jan. 20, 2011, marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, our nation's first (and still only) Roman Catholic head of state.

It's often good to have a donkey with you when you pray. They provide a natural antidote to excessive piety. Take my recent retreat day at the Jonah House Catholic Worker community in Baltimore.

Not to brag, but my new toilet was rated Best Flush for 2010.

Culture Watch

Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells stories from the 10th parallel, where Isam and Christianity meet.
Nonviolent Power
Blessed Are the Organized, by Jeffrey Stout. Princeton University Press.
The makers of the film Earth Made of Glass on finding truth after genocide.
Here's some 2010 midterm election commentary ripped straight from the headlines -- of 1886.


My strokes are halting, not like the imagined fluidity of the monastic scribes, hunched, by candlelight, over some ancient text, perhaps the Our Father,
Epiphany is the exhibit of Jesus in the world. The early church was utterly enthralled by Jesus, but did not find it so easy to characterize him.