November 2008

Cover Story

A guide to the issues -- just in time for the elections.
Once thought to be in the pocket of the Religious Right, many American evangelicals today are discovering a deeper understanding of what it means to be pro-life.


Mary Doria Russell, author of the best-selling books The Sparrow and Children of God, tells Sojourners about her disciplines -- in her spiritual life and in her writing -- and how she makes friends with her characters.
Classic books on science fiction and spirituality.
Uwem Akpan, a Jesuit from Nigeria, tells stories about Africa through its children, creating rich and complex characters that capture the heartbreaking realities of growing up in the midst of war and poverty.
Books that traverse the terrain of war and peace, faith and family, and continents and cultures.


Wall Street's collapse is the logical consequence of the economic philosophy that governs America.
Catholic social teaching and gun control.


10 issues to consider in casting a ballot.
Editor’s Note: Okay, Ed, the lawyer has finished looking through your column to make sure it’s totally nonpartisan and that it doesn’t favor or oppose either candidate.

Culture Watch

For 500 years, Western culture, for better or worse, was formed by its books.


God is always on the side of the marginalized, the people who are the weakest and poorest.
I read with great interest Elizabeth Edwards’ piece on health care (“Heal Thyself?” August 2008).
There is a reason we don’t have universal health care, and it’s not because we lack compassion for the sick.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for November.
The article by Elizabeth Edwards (“Heal Thyself?”) raises troubling questions regarding the path to a just system of health care in this country.
She consoles me as I meditate before Mass—Julian of Norwich, that is, who says, “We are clothed, wrapped in the goodness of God.”

Web Extra

After reading our interview with award-winning novelist Mary Doria Russ
Once thought to be in the pocket of the Religious Right, many American evangelicals today are discovering that to be pro-life is to be pro-everyone's-life.