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May 5, 2008

Vol. 198 / No. 15

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The EditorsMay 05, 2008

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Michael J. BuckleyMay 05, 2008

Gertrude Stein lay dying. Stomach cancer had finally forced her to undergo surgery in an American hospital on the fringes of Paris. Preparing for the operation, she asked her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas, “What is the answer?” Alice said nothing. Time passed. Gertrude spoke again:

One of the less noted contributions of the Second Vatican Council is its brief treatment of atheism in its “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.” In that groundbreaking document, the council avoided the shrill condemnations of atheism that were so common in preconcili

America's Web site now features a range of Web-only content, from podcasts and videos, to television and film reviews and book discussions. Here are some of our favorite selections from the last year. The editors offer video reflections on the symbols of the Easter season. Veteran broadcaster and Ca

Stephen J. PopeMay 05, 2008

Who are the “new atheists”? Broadly speaking, they are a collection of writers who have come together in recent years in their disdain for the very idea of God. They regard religion as the last bastion of superstition, obscurantism and fear and see the Christian churches as dedicated to

Drew ChristiansenMay 05, 2008

Five scholars on the "secret motives" of atheism, and how Christians might respond

Richard J. MouwMay 05, 2008

One of the best homilies I ever heard was based on the first chapter of the Book of Jonah. The preacher described the situation on board a ship that had run into a terrible storm on the way to Tarshish and a confrontation that ensued between some pagan sailors and a prophet of the true God. Surely,