The National Catholic Review

July 19, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 2Whole No. 4900 Download PDF


Current Comment
Making Peace with Terrorists; Duty Bound; Repeating History
Dream On
Small-scale fixes may be more successful than comprehensive immigration reform.


Christians and Statecraft
Dennis R. Hoover
Taking stock of the new evangelical internationalism
A Freedom Deferred
Thomas F. Farr
Why religious liberty schould be a U.S. foreign policy priority

Books and Culture

A Successful Life-Time
Charles R. Morris
Henry Luce defined the print media model that dominated for most of the last century.
Wherever the Truth Will Lead
T. Patrick Hill
Francis Collins tackles the question of God
An American in Damascus
Gerald J. Schiffhorst
For Stephanie Saldaa, the desert is a landscape of transformation.
Harry Forbes
A villain finds redemption in 'Despicable Me'
Of Eternity and Beyond
John Anderson
In 'Toy Story 3' the ostensibly inanimate objects are far more animated than most movie stars.

Columns and Departments

The Word
A Forgiving and Giving God
Barbara E. Reid
The Word
Bigger Barns
Barbara E. Reid
Rules of Engagement
Thomas J. Massaro
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ

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  Five Questions for Thomas Farr
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Thomas F. Farr's article "A Freedom Deferred" led off America's special issue on religion and international affairs. Prof. Farr makes the persuasive case that the United States must be more vigorous in its promotion of religious liberty abroad: "Social science is confirming what history and common sense suggest: religious freedom is necessary if self-governance is to yield political stability, economic growth, social harmony and peace. It is certainly necessary if nations are to rid themselves of religious extremism and terrorism, including the kinds of terrorism that have been exported to the American homeland." In the interest of continuing the conversation, we asked Prof. Farr to respond to a few questions sparked by the second article in our special issue, "Christians and Statecraft," by Dennis Hoover. Hoover describes the advent of a new kind evangelical internationalism, which seeks to fight human trafficking, slavery, and the spread of AIDS. Prof. Farr also weighs in on the recent appointment of Suzan Johnson Cook as ambassador for International Religious Freedom. Our thanks to Prof. Farr. What role can U.S. evangelicals play in promoting religious libery abroad?