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August 2, 2004

Vol.191 / No.3
Books
John C. HawleyAugust 02, 2004

If Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka are arguably the grandfathers of Nigerian literature and Ben Okri and Buchi Emecheta are their successors Chris Abani Chimamanda Adichie and Helen Habila would appear to be coming into their own these days as the next wave Adichie author of Purple Hibiscus Alg

Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJAugust 02, 2004

Something you don’t hear every day from a Jesuit: I’m here to pick up a cassock for my trip to Lourdes.

Of Many Things
Thomas J. ReeseAugust 02, 2004

Everyone recognizes that the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was not caused only by the sinful failures of individual priests; it was also caused by the failure of a number of bishops to deal appropriately with these priests. There were not just personal failures; there were also personne

Drew ChristiansenAugust 02, 2004

Two prominent rabbis have denounced the failure of Catholics publicly to brand the recent film “The Passion of the Christ” as anti-Semitic. They spoke at the joint meeting on April 20 of the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs and the Rabbinical Council of Ameri

Books
Robert F. WalchAugust 02, 2004

The dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration Joseph S Nye Jr coined the term ldquo soft power rdquo in the late 1980 rsquo s In Bound to Lead 1990 and The Paradox of American Power 2001 he developed the

Columns
Terry GolwayAugust 02, 2004

As the Roman world began to disintegrate and the emperor was far from home fighting wars on the Rhine, a group known as the Alemanni advanced from Germany to the very outskirts of the great global city. In this emergency, wrote Edward Gibbon in his masterful tale of Rome’s decline and fall, th

The Word
Dianne BergantAugust 02, 2004

The phrase ldquo seeing is believing rdquo is well known to us all It suggests skepticism it implies that we will not accept the truth of something unless we can somehow see it While the phrase may validly express a concern for verification it contradicts basic religious ideas To paraphrase t