The Giving and Taking of Life: New Power at Life’s Thresholds

Article by Kenneth Vaux

As spring breaks across the country and pushes north, two events remind us of humanity’s ascending powers in the realm of nature. Kenneth C. Edelin, M.D., is convicted by a Boston jury of the manslaughter of an anonymous emerging life born to an unknown, unwed black teen-ager — a 24-week fetus. In Princeton a renowned …

The Misuse of Embryos

Article by Amy Laura Hall

A 43-year-old woman rolls slowly out of bed, having dreamt the night before of her fifth-grade classroom — a room she knew well before taking disability leave. She makes her daily plea for a treatment that will allow her to get to the grocery store without tripping over her own feet. Meanwhile, a seven-year-old girl …

The Problem with Government Subsidies

Article by Amy Johnson Frkyholm

A breakfast frequently served at my son’s school–where over half the children receive government-supported meals–consists of commercially produced French toast sticks and syrup. The list of ingredients on the package for this meal is as long as this paragraph. It includes not only partially hydrogenated soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup, but also more …

The Reshaping of Word

Article by Richard W. Gillett

Imperceptibly, but far more rapidly than we might imagine, we are entering a period in American history when the issues of work and organized labor may again become paramount. The historical forces now pushing those issues toward the top of the social agenda — and therefore toward serious consideration by the churches — are different …

Video Shootout

Article by Noreen Herzfeld

My Minnesota hometown is the sort of place where neighbors look in on each other and leave the doors unlocked. As in Lake Woebegon, the children are all above average. In September one of those children brought a .22-caliber Colt semiautomatic to school and shot and killed two of his classmates. As with similar shootings …

What Every Progressive Christian Should Know About the Tobacco Industry

Article by Graham Kelder

The tobacco industry likes to portray itself as just another American business, but the facts point to precisely the opposite conclusion. Evidence uncovered in the recent tobacco litigation demonstrates that the tobacco companies deliberately deceived the public into believing that their products were safe and non-addictive while conspiring to keep the industry’s knowledge to the …

What We Mean by Human Rights, and Why

Article by Richard John Neuhaus

We are deceived if we place our trust in the current enthusiasm for human rights. Serious commitment to human rights will always be a minority obsession. Government policy may at times implement that commitment but cannot sustain it. After Vietnam and Watergate, many Americans are understandably euphoric about the Carter administration’s emphasis on human rights. …