November-December 1998

Cover Story

Office of Interfaith Relations at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
How Christians and Muslims navigate the road ahead will have profound consequences for both communities--and for the world.
The image of Islam in American pop culture.


Spencer Perkins showed us what reconciliation looks like.
The book of Isaiah is like a great fugue, always advancing to fresh statements, at the same time continually returning to pick up and restate themes already sounded.
Or does diversity enrich our new 'creaturehood'?
Bethel New Life creates a place for God's people on Chicago's West Side.
Spencer Perkins' long road to reconciliation.
Reconciliation, forgiveness, and the pursuit of justice.


A biblical reflection on public lies.
Moral authority and human rights.
The U.S. government is telling us that we have entered a new war, one that may last for years, even decades. If that is so, we are beginning with the wrong strategy.
Advent, incarnation, and the daily news.
The systematic cruelty behind Sudan's suffering.


Sometimes self-knowledge can be gleaned from the most unlikely of sources. From a glimpse of sunset, or a chance reading of a poem. Or, say, from a 14-year-old Japanese girl.
Ecology does not begin and end with the human, but it certainly includes us. All other beings share the planet and the cosmos with us, and we with them.
Many of those present for Bill Clinton’s prayer breakfast repentance were moved. Unlike his August 17 address to the nation, this speech was contrite enough to convince.
Film stardom is an elusive dream for most, including even yours truly, whom many have credited with talents well-suited for the big screen.
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish.

Culture Watch

Christian education and everyday life.
What makes raising kids so tough?
Veterans look at the reality of war.
Faith in the age of excellence.
A new view of the 23rd Psalm.
A spectre is haunting Europe...." So begins The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Those words were true when The Manifesto first appeared in 1848.
Growing in traditions of living water.
One key criteria in selecting Christian education curricula, as this article outlines, is the relating of theological thought and everyday experiences.
A novel approach to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
An inordinate number of family members, friends, and friends’ family members have died in the last month.
A graphic portrayed of mythic proportions.


Letters and loans help survivors of genocide rebuild their lives.
The former owners of a nuclear processing plant in Pennsylvania were ordered by a federal jury to pay $36.5 million in damages for a rash of cancer cases near the plant.
For many Christian churches, having women in pastoral leadership is the norm. For a Catholic parish in New York, it’s apparently a firing offense.
What if they gave a protest and nobody came? The organizer of a new Web site wants to make sure that doesn’t happen, and so has launched Protest.Net (www.
National Summit on the Churches and Welfare Reform.
The terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the subsequent U.S.
Carver at market speaks to a tourist Luanda, Angola
Lt. William Calley was convicted for his role in leading the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. His conviction was later overturned by Judge Robert Elliott.