January 2012

Cover Story

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

Feature

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.
Despite the enormous success of lay involvement and Catholic outreach to the world, several trends indicate serious challenges for the Catholic Church in the United States.
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.
Populism sprouts again among many family farmers.
A conference at Cedarville University shows new political boundary-crossing in the Christian college world.
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

War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, by Stanley Hauerwas.
Contrition seems more popular than ever.
Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art, and the Architecture of Silence. And, Fasting For Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice.
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.
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"
Roland Emmerich is known for making the kind of disaster movies that fans of quality filmmaking love to hate.

Departments

I found Tom Getman’s article “Holy Land Farce” (November 2011) to be very one-sided in its perception of Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore Courage in August. I am a Jewish person, almost 62 years old, who became a Christian when I was 50.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary.
Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s “Harry and the Principalities” (November 2011) gave voice to my family’s deep disappointment with the final Harry Potter movie. We had looked forward to the movie for months, but emerged in shock at how the ending completely missed the point!
I found Tom Getman’s article “Holy Land Farce” (November 2011) to be very one-sided in its perception of Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore Courage in August. I am a Jewish person, almost 62 years old, who became a Christian when I was 50.
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.

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