The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

How online tools are transforming the way social change happens.
An activist in Phoenix launches a website -- and supports a revolution on the other side of the world.


What do people of faith have to say about torture?
A former Army intelligence analyst in Iraq talks about Bradley Manning, the weight of conscience, and the witness of St. Paul.
What Matthew 4 has to say to the age of climate change.
Love, justice, and the radical challenge raised by the untamed Christ.


Morally and economically, it's wrong for federal budget makers to go after the poor.
A U.S.-Colombia trade pact would not address, and might even reward, paramilitary violence.
Off-the-shelf renewable power can meet 100 percent of world need -- if we have the will.


In this fallen world we are often faced with imperfect choices in response to clear evil.

None of us is free until all of us are free.

Fracking is just one more way to keep from coming to terms with our addiction to fossil fuel.

I got accused of everything from turning my back on Christ to taking God out of the classroom!

Eventually, a Rapture prediction will come true, right?

Culture Watch

Lauren F. Winner reviews The Furnace of Affliction: Prison and Religion in Antebellum America, by Jennifer Graber. UNC Press.
Digital Jesus: The Making of a New Christian Fundamentalist Community on the Internet, by Robert Glenn Howard. New York University Press.
Glory and Power
Gareth Higgins reviews Submarine, Project Nim, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
One man searches for balance between family and solitude, nature and technology.
Humanitarian, award winning actress, and best-selling author Ashley Judd reflects on her faith and "true calling" -- social justice activism.
The mainstreaming of Rand is, in large part, the work of one man (and his money).


Using online and wireless communication to organize large, diverse groups of people has been a key component of the nonviolent Arab Spring uprisings.
The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A