The National Catholic Review

August 30, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 5Whole No. 4903 Download PDF


Give Labor Its Day
Corporate profits cannot in justice be made at the expense of the nation's labor force.
Current Comment
Resignations Refused; Ethics by Default; The Real Islam


What's Extraordinary?
Gerald D. Coleman
Catholic wisdom on end-of-life care
The Jesus of History
Bernard Brandon Scott, Adela Yarbro Collins

The relation of the Christ of faith to the Jesus of history is a topic fraught with controversy in theological circles. It also has implications for the way Christian believers understand and practice their faith. We invited Luke Timothy Johnson to reflect on the topic and state his own position, which he did in “The Jesus Controversy,” published in America on Aug. 2. We have asked two biblical scholars with different views, one a Catholic, the other a Protestant, to respond to Professor Johnson’s article. The three articles together give an indication of the scope of current thinking by mainstream scholars. All three articles appear online, where readers can add their own insights, experience and viewpoints. —The Editors

Following the Troubadours

How the historical Jesus tests—and strengthens—our faith

Bernard Brandon Scott

Books and Culture

Risking Everything
Leo J. O'Donovan
“All art worthy of the name,” Henri Matisse once said, “is religious.”
Hows He Doing?
Michael Sean Winters
Jonathan Alter's account of President Obama's first year in office
Into The Darkness
Ann M. Begley
Arthur Koestler was a man of controversy in death as in life.
Around the World I've Searched for You
Harry Forbes
Julia Roberts' quest for spiritual enlightenment in 'Eat Pray Love' comes across as unremittingly self-centered.
Jake Martin