The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

What kind of nation are we called to be: arrogantly superior or humbly exemplary?

Features

Multigenerational households are becoming more common, by choice or by necessity -- and these expanded family circles have both benefits and perils.
Indigenous communities -- and local church leaders -- stand against open-pit mining that threatens to despoil Patagonia.
Fifty years after Vatican II, will a new generation of lay Catholics lead prophetic change in the church and in the world?
Paul shows us how to wrestle with violent passages in the Hebrew Bible.

Commentary

All of us owe Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth a heavy debt of gratitude for his willingness to give all he had to help build a more just society.
A conference at Cedarville University shows new political boundary-crossing in the Christian college world.
Populism sprouts again among many family farmers.
What does individualism have to do with Christianity? Not much.

Columns

The war in Iraq was fundamentally a war of choice, and it was the wrong choice.

It was not the stones thrown by his tormentors that made him suffer most, he said; it was the silence of his friends.

I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women.

At first, I thought I had the flu because I didn't get a flu shot this year and naturally had to be punished by the medical community.

Culture Watch

Contrition seems more popular than ever.
Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition.
Consensus decision-making can make an old-style Senate filibuster seem purposeful and engaging.
Roland Emmerich is known for making the kind of disaster movies that fans of quality filmmaking love to hate.
War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, by Stanley Hauerwas.
Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art, and the Architecture of Silence. And, Fasting For Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice.
Activist pastor Gardener C. Taylor on lessons learned in a long life of faithfully taking the side of the oppressed.
"I think it is a spiritual task to struggle with questions such as what and who we place at the center of our economy"

Departments

There were two sets of stairs: the front ones curving and formal while the backstairs rose steep as a canyon wall. As a girl, I used to fly from their heights when I wasn’t falling.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary.