The National Catholic Review

December 22, 2003

Vol. 189 No. 21Whole No. 4635

Editorials

Christmas 2003

As we retell the Bethlehem story each year, its familiarity can obscure one of its most important lessons. We do not celebrate at Christmas some timeless truth or immutable dogma but a particular moment. “A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.

Books and Culture

Books
A Clash of Ideas and Beliefs
Daniel J. Harrington
What was going on in the Christian movement between the writing of the New Testament books and the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325?
Books
Unbounded Creativity
Joseph J. Feeney
“Albion” is a magic, a mythic word. It is the primal name of England itself, and also of its whole island.
Books
A Precarious Little Way
Janice Farnham
Along with Francis of Assisi, Thérèse of Lisieux ranks among the most venerated and popular Catholic saints and commands an impressive fo

Columns and Departments

The Word
What Child Is This?
Dianne Bergant
The Word
You Light Up My Life!
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
Holy Families
James Martin, SJ
Faith in Focus
The Salvation of Particulars
Sherryl White
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson
Letters
Letters
Our readers