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February 12, 2007

Vol.196 / No.5
Books
Vincent Ryan February 12, 2007

The Middle Ages are popularly perceived as a period of intellectual and cultural stagnation This perspective is reinforced by the common description of this era as the Dark Ages or the fact that the word medieval is frequently used as a pejorative in our modern vocabulary These stereotypes many o

Arieh Cohen February 12, 2007

Since the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land in the seventh century, the church has sought to put in place a political-legal system to protect the presence of Christians in the region. Over the last thousand years, scholars tell us, the church has employed in succession three distinct methods in its

Current Comment
The Editors February 12, 2007

Eldest Son of FranceFrance has been a fertile seedbed for some of the most popular Catholic saints: Joan of Arc, Thérèse of Lisieux, Vincent de Paul, Bernadette Soubirous. Lately, though, the eldest daughter of the church has been notable more for the tepidity of its Catholic observance, with Mass

Television
James Martin, SJ February 12, 2007

The Golden Globes used to be the most relaxed of the awards ceremonies. For many years the lesser-known stepcousin of the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys, the ceremony wore its raffish air with the pride of a starlet wearing a couture gown. A recent issue of Entertainment Weekly featured Helen Mirre

Books
David Pinault February 12, 2007

As a former Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Barrett knows how to get people to talk to him American Islam is organized around interviews with seven representatives of the Islamic faith some immigrants others born in the United States But in preparing this book the author interviewed hundred

Columns
Maryann Cusimano Love February 12, 2007

As Senator Barack Obama explores a presidential bid, media headlines across the country ask, Is America ready for an African-American president? Between 50 percent and 62 percent of Americans polled answer yes, that race is no longer a barrier in the United States. But that this is considered a news

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington February 12, 2007

Love of one rsquo s enemies is among Jesus rsquo most distinctive characteristic and difficult teachings Most of us have a hard enough time loving our family and friends or even loving ourselves But to do good to those who hate us bless those who curse us and pray for those who mistreat us see