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June 3, 2000

Vol.182 / No.20
Books
Stephen Bede Scharper June 03, 2000

As an 11-year-old boy Thomas Berry probing the red hills of his home in North Carolina skipped across a creek and found himself in a meadow Seeing the white lilies cresting above the dense grass he listened to the crickets rsquo song drift toward the distant woods and the wisps of cloud in the

Editorials
The Editors June 03, 2000

More than 2,500 years ago the Greek historian Herodotus observed that if anyone were given the opportunity of choosing from among all the nations of the world the best set of beliefs, he would inevitably choose those of his own country. Herodotus further asserted that everyone believes his own nativ

The Word
John R. Donahue June 03, 2000

During the time of theological ferment following the Second Vatican Council I overheard a conversation between two older Jesuits One was upset over reports of new thinking on the Trinity After some time the other said quot Well can you still pray to the Trinity quot The response was quot

Columns
John F. Kavanaugh June 03, 2000

If you have seen news articles or television reports on stem cells and the ethical puzzles they present, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. There are at least two things you can be sure of: There will be more wonder, and there will be more fuss. The wonder is related to their origin and thei

Joseph Claude Harris June 03, 2000

Professors Rodney Stark and Roger Finke, who teach sociology at the University of Washington and Purdue University respectively, think the Catholic Church will suffer membership reverses characteristic of mainline Protestant denominations. The two professors offered the following observations on the

Books
Franco Mormando June 03, 2000

The past as one historian aptly put it has become a quot foreign country quot This is true even of our own Christian past Though much has remained the same much has at the same time changed in the landscape of our faith rendering the Christianity of the past a quot foreign country quot to

Faith in Focus
Michael J. Daley June 03, 2000

There are some things that you never forget. For me, it happened after a long day of school. I welcomed the peace and quiet of home, never realizing how ironic that sentiment soon would be. Shortly after arriving, I settled into the couch and snuggled under the increasingly warm blanket for what I t