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May 29, 2006

Vol.194 / No.19
Books
Thomas R. MurphyMay 29, 2006

The historical reputation of William Jennings Bryan has not been a distinguished one He is ridiculed for losing three presidential elections He is often presented as a reactionary spokesman for a dying rural culture that resisted yielding to the progress of urbanization His opposition to American

Faith Features
Pheme PerkinsMay 29, 2006

A New Testament Scholar demystifies the newly popular Gnostic text.

The Word

Pentecost is one of the major dates in the church rsquo s calendar along with Christmas and Easter Our word Pentecost derives from the Greek word for 50 The feast occurs 50 days after Easter Pentecost was and is a Jewish festival celebrated in late spring 50 days after Passover Its biblical

Patrick LangMay 29, 2006

“For 14 hours yesterday, I was at work—teaching Christ to lift his cross by the numbers, and how to adjust his crown; and not to imagine he thirst until after the last halt. I attended his Supper to see that there were no complaints; and inspected his feet that they should be worthy of the nails

Editorials
The EditorsMay 29, 2006

Although the number of women prisoners is far smaller than the number of men, the rate of incarceration for women is rising at a much faster rate than for men. Over 200,000 women are now behind bars throughout the country, most of them African American and Hispanic. And according to the nonprofit Se

Film
Richard A. BlakeMay 29, 2006

Plastic chairs and paper cups, laptops and cell phones: the depersonalizing symbols of air travel. Baseball hats and tee-shirts. Boarding passes spit out of machines at the beckoning of a credit card. The herding into lines by airport and airline personnel clearly bored with their jobs and annoyed b

Books
Robert F. WalchMay 29, 2006

With sensitivity and a strong sense of place first-time novelist Debra Dean vividly recreates one of the overlooked stories of World War II In the fall of 1941 with German troops preparing to invade Leningrad the Hermitage Museum staff frantically packs away over two million priceless items for