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October 9, 2006

Vol.195 / No.10
Books
Wayne A. HolstOctober 09, 2006

The North Atlantic captivity of the church is drawing to an end The center of Christian gravity is undeniably shifting southward This development is not a blip on the religious radar screen but a profound permutation Globally a major gravitational adjustment is occurring in the population density

Current Comment
The EditorsOctober 09, 2006

As Others See UsInequities in the U.S. criminal justice system were among the subjects of concern that drew criticism from the United Nations Human Rights Committee last July in Geneva. Maximum security prisons came under fire for virtually 24-hour confinement of prisoners to their cells. Also of co

Books
Daniel LevineOctober 09, 2006

Alan Wolfe director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College has written a sharp indictment of the Bush administration and the conservatives who support it Wolfe rsquo s overall interpretive point in Does American Democracy Still Work is that conservatives wh

John F. KavanaughOctober 09, 2006

In the latest of my weekly telephone conversations with a colleague who lives in France, the first question she asked was, What do you think of the pope and Islam? Rarely inclined to talk politics, she was testing me out. And my response was testing her as well. Well, I think he could have said it d

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonOctober 09, 2006

In early 21st-century America money and material possessions are often taken as signs not only of intelligence and goodness but also of divine favor They are regarded as the key to happiness Despite all kinds of evidence to the contrary most of us still assume that money can and does buy happines

News
Charles J. ChaputOctober 09, 2006

In the Sept. 25 issue of America, Professor Marci A. Hamilton joined with Voice of the Faithful in renewing their call for “window” legislation. Window legislation retroactively suspends the statute of limitation for childhood sexual abuse damage claims so that lawsuits filed during a sp

Books
Angela Alaimo O'DonnellOctober 09, 2006

To read Thirst Mary Oliver rsquo s most recent book of poems is to feel gratitude for the simple fact of being alive This is not surprising as it is the effect her best work has produced in readers for the past 43 years Admirers of any one of the 15 previous collections by the Pulitzer Prize-wi