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May 12, 2008

Vol.198 / No.16
Peter HeineggMay 12, 2008

The dramatic question in the headline above was asked by mdash among many others mdash the Rev John L Girardeau a Presbyterian theologian at a ceremony honoring the Confederate dead from Gettysburg being re-interred in Charleston rsquo s Magnolia Cemetery in 1871 The question was meant rhetori

May 12, 2008

Dumb Brutes

Regarding Stafford Betty’s “Letter to a Reluctant Atheist” (4/14): It is very difficult to conceive of contemplative experience divorced from any theological construct. After all, human nature is rational. We strive to find answers to our fundamental


Paraguayans Elect Retired Bishop Lugo as President Retired Bishop Fernando Lugo was elected president of Paraguay April 20, ending the six-decade rule of the Colorado Party. Bishop Lugo took an early lead in the pre-election polls despite official disapproval from the Vatican and, initially, from th

James S. TorrensMay 12, 2008

Edward Hirsch president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foun-dation has contributed mightily to our appreciation of poetry How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry 1999 discourses on all the aspects of poetry drawing widely on what the poets themselves have had to say about it Po

John F. KavanaughMay 12, 2008

Benedict's trip to the U.S. was a sojourn of hope

The Word

Who is God for you That is a question to stop a conversation or empty a room even of learned and devout Christians It is at once a very personal question since we each experience God in a unique way and a very broad one The phrase ldquo for you rdquo is important since the God whom we Chris

The EditorsMay 12, 2008

As we have learned in both Iraq and Afghanistan, security in the 21st century will demand a comprehensive response that uses a full spectrum of resources. “Soft power,” in the form of diplomacy, economic development and human rights enforcement, will be more in evidence than military for