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  1. AIDS in South Africa: Why the Churches Matter by Sarah Ruden

    The absence of economic incentives to fight AIDS might make an observer feel, apart from any moral, sectarian or theological considerations, that a religious revival alone can save South Africa from eventually consigning perhaps a third of its population to death.

  2. Albert Borgmann on Taming Technology: An Interview by David Wood

    Discussion with a philosopher who takes technology seriously. Technology is more than a tool, itís an inducement, and itís so strong that for the most part people find themselves unable to refuse it.

  3. Are Humans Wired to Dream? by Jon Magnuson

    Myths, science, religious experience and empirical research are frequently set in opposition, but itís an irony that some scientists can contribute to a recovery of what many people in churches have abandoned: a belief in a divine force outside ourselves, a healing presence deep within that still speaks through dreams and visions.

  4. Beyond Liberation: An Agenda for Educational Justice by Charles L. Glenn

    Education in a multiracial society should place emphasis on growth in character and virtue. It is certainly time that advocates for racial justice began to insist that schools take on the high mission of developing such high qualities.

  5. Beyond Tolerance to Equal Rights by James M. Wall

    Executive Al Campanis lost his job with the Los Angeles Dodgers which served to expose the fact that our culture has embraced tolerance without making a comparable commitment to the principle of equal rights. Tolerance of the rights and opinions of others is a virtue, but when that tolerance becomes a substitute faith, it reveals its emptiness.

  6. Compassionate Conspiracy: AIDS Action in Namibia by Lucy Y. Steinitz

    By late 1998, Namibia was the third most HIV-infected country in the world, with more than one in five adults estimated to be HIV-positive. Even more disturbing was that the churches were "conspirators in the silence," doing nothing to address the crisis.

  7. Compulsive Gamblers: Reno's Lost Souls by J. Robin Witt

    Who will try to salvage the human wreckage of the green felt jungle? There are 6 million compulsive gamblers in the U.S., many living in Nevada. Because of the state governmentís interest in increasing gambling revenues, there is little concern for rehabilitating those addicted to gambling, and the churches offer little help to these victims.

  8. Confessions of a Glutton by Mary Louise Bringle

    Drawing on her own experience as a compulsive overeater and dieter, Mary Louise Bringle maintains that the sin of gluttony is not against temperance but against trust, and that the remedy lies not in resorting to "caloric Pelagianism" but in following the path of grace.

  9. Conversation with an Atheist -- Michael Harrington on Religion and Socialism by James R. Gorman

    The radical incarnation of the power of God in "the halt and the maimed" -- the powerless -- is such a compelling irony as to have revolutionary potential for atheist and Christian alike. The "question of God," for Harrington, is really a question about Godís guilt.

  10. Crisis on the Mexican Border by Rick Ufford-Chase

    A global economy without a global community is morally bankrupt. One thing is certain. The migrants will keep coming.

  11. Faith and Aging by Trudy Bush

    Trudy Bush reviews three books which deal with the phenomenal growth of aging in the last few decades. Many stereotypes of old age are untrue. Many problems with aging need to be addressed.

  12. Food to Die For by Stephen H. Webb

    Review of a book about food politics: For the sake of profit large corporations conspire with the government to manipulate and confuse consumers in the food they eat.

  13. Hannah Arendt: Prophet for our Time by James M. Campbell

    (ENTIRE BOOK) The author summarizes the thoughts of Hannah Arendt, then uses them as a framework to ask whether America is slipping into a new kind of totalitarianism.

  14. Hemophiliacs and AIDS: Contracting a Killer by Kenneth Orr

    Because of the need for constant blood transfusions, about 90 percent of severe hemophiliacs have been exposed to the AIDS virus. Perhaps as many as 50 percent of these will contract the disease.

  15. Immigrants and the Faith They Bring by R. Stephen Warner

    The great majority of immigrants coming to America are Christian, so immigrants do not represent the de-Christianization of American society but the de-Europeanization of American Christianity.

  16. Landslide Lyndon by Robert Westbrook

    Mr. Westbrook hoped that LBJ would fulfill the promise of southern liberalism.

  17. Listening to B F. Skinner by James W. Woefel

    The author spells spell out the implications of Skinner’s thought for religion. Skinner forces us to face up to the formidable reality of genetic and environmental conditioning and the elusive nature and scope of freedom.

  18. Men Without Women: An African-American Crisis by Matthew Johnson

    Review of a book on the consequences of slavery in America. The reluctance of African-Americans to "air dirty laundry" in public is grounded in a justifiably defensive posture. Anyone growing up in America should be aware of the twisted nature of those bent on preserving the notion of white supremacy.

  19. Race Still Matters: An Interview with Timothy Tyson by Timothy Tyson

    Legal segregation is dead, yet America is more segregated in some respects now than a century ago. We need redemption, but we too easily put a redemptive spin on history. We donít do ourselves any favors by producing a false historical narrative.

  20. Religious Communities in the Struggle for Human Rights by Robert Traer

    Perhaps the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a sign of a new world community in which the religious traditions will find common ground. Jews, Christians and Muslims do agree that rights are gifts from God, and that people have duties toward one another and God that require the recognition of fundamental human rights.

  21. Save Your Roof! Build a Ramp! by Nina Herrmann

    If one goes out into the world of the disabled, one will soon discover that, as always, there is only one world – that of the able-bodied. As Christians we are not asked to play God and decide about another person’s quality of life. We are asked only to love God and our neighbor, to be God’s agents on earth, not by taking away hope but by giving it.<

  22. Separate and Unequal by Sarah Sentilles

    In The Shame of the Nation, Kozol reveals what school is like for the almost three-fourths of black and Latino students who attend "apartheid schools." In Tearing Down the Gates, Sacks documents the fierce war being waged to keep public education segregated.

  23. Social Insecurity by Robin J. and Todd P. Steen Klay

    The authors discuss the difficult problems facing Social Security, not only the overwhelming medical aspects, but the philosophy of the right of adequate financial retirement. They also offer some possible solutions.

  24. The Antimuseum by Philip Jenkins

    Dr. Jenkins is critical of many aspects of the American Indian history and culture as presented in the new National Museum of the American Indian and wonders why so much of importance is left out.

  25. The Etiquette of Democracy by Stephen L. Carter

    Our rights are protected by the Constitution, but our exercise of those rights is governed by our moral disciplines. Civility entails treating fellow citizens as people of goodwill—which is a risky act of trust. Laws on sexual harassment and "hate speech" sprout up when people do not share a code of civility.

  26. The Giving and Taking of Life: New Power at Lifeís Thresholds by Kenneth Vaux

    Our ambivalences in the areas of abortion, euthanasia and elective suicide call us to coordinate our scientific knowledge with moral wisdom. Although the global problems in these areas are compelling, we cannot expect to resolve them without first reforming our personal values and life styles.

  27. The Misuse of Embryos by Amy Laura Hall

    The author says the moral cost involved is the reason why she believes embryonic stem cell research is not consonant with Christian faith.

  28. The Problem with Government Subsidies by Amy Johnson Frkyholm

    The U.S. subsidy program is not only problematic for Americans but also disrupts the global food economy. It is not so much a means of stabilizing family farms as a way of supporting agribusinesses.

  29. The Reshaping of Word by Richard W. Gillett

    The Christian Community has paid little attention to work as a religious issue. As technology makes jobs increasingly specialized, work is becoming meaningless, alienating and dehumanizing.

  30. The Strange World of Conspiracy Theories by Paul S. Boyer

    The danger of the "conspiracy theorists" lies less in such beliefs themselves . . than in the behavior they might stimulate or justify. Should they believe that the prophesied evil predictions had in fact arrived, their behavior would become far more difficult to predict.

  31. Video Shootout by Noreen Herzfeld

    When the average American child spends nine hours a week playing video games we need to ask what sort of a worldview are the games causing? Are they teaching what it means to be human, about decision-making, about social roles, about living in the real world? In this world there is no socialization, no engagement with a live opponent Ė itís a very lonely place.

  32. What Every Progressive Christian Should Know About the Tobacco Industry by Graham Kelder

    The tobacco industry likes to portray itself as just another American business, but the facts point to precisely the opposite conclusion. The author suggests what individuals can do to curb the tobacco industry.

  33. What We Mean by Human Rights, and Why by Richard John Neuhaus

    We must resist the claim of any government that it represents some mystical "general will of the people," thus relegating its opponents to the categories of subversive, subhuman or counterrevolutionary. In the age of electronic torture, computers and sophisticated behavioral controls, the Leviathan of the modern state, here and elsewhere, must be resisted.

  34. Why Men Get Anxious by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

    A review of a book that details the decline of useful work for men and the resulting loss of masculine identity.