Men Behaving Badly

Article by John Dart

“Women are more religious than men.” That’s a longstanding generalization made by pastors surveying their pews and by social scientists surveying the public. Husbands and single guys with other weekend plans might even offer that truism as an excuse for skipping church. Why the gender difference? Old explanations said women were less educated, or cited …

Militias, Christian Identity and the Radical Right

Article by Michael Barkun

The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City opened a window on the previously invisible subculture of militias, survivalists and conspiracy theorists. This radical right-wing subculture has existed for more than a quarter century, and its roots extend back to manifestations of nativism, racism and anti-Semitism earlier in this century. Many of the subculture’s …

The Militarization of the American Rifle

Article by John Hoyt Williams

Although the United States was spared any major assassination attempts during the past year, many Americans, both lawmakers and concerned citizens, are continuing to fight for gun control. The challenge of the Morton Grove, Illinois, no-nonsense handgun law has the National Rifle Association and other influential “pro-gun” groups scrambling for a major counterattack. As usual, …

Torture, Terrorism and Theology: The Need for a Universal Ethic

Article by Max L. Stackhouse

Deciding how to respond to acts of torture and terrorism is one of the critical issues of our time. But sadly, our response is limited by two factors, one ethical and one political. Ethically, we are in an age in which there is grave doubt among theologians, philosophers, jurists and social scientists as to whether …