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Commonweal Confronts the Century

Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition

Paperback Published: 12th November 1999
ISBN: 9780684862767
Number Of Pages: 416

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For 75 years, "Commonweal" magazine has sought to bring Catholic faith and modern life -- especially the experience of American freedom and diversity -- into fruitful contact. Now "Commonweal Confronts the Century" not only marks the anniversary of this distinguished journal, it also traces the ways in which the Catholic intellectual tradition has struggled with modernity, democratic institutions, and American culture while remaining faithful to its heritage.

Collected here are many of the most provocative essays the journal has published by a number of the century's most distinguished writers and thinkers. Together they confront controversial issues of continuing relevance within both the Catholic Church and American society in general. In the pages of "Commonweal, " liberal Catholics have carried on a dialogue about American culture and politics, the arts, religious pluralism, domestic upheaval, war and peace, liberal freedoms, and new moral and sexual sensibilities. Here is a feast of argument, observations, and good writing that will appeal to both the religiously informed and the intellectually curious. Highlights of "Commonweal Confronts the Century" include:

Dorothy Day on poverty

Graham Greene on his religious conversion

Thomas Merton on nuclear war

Jean Bethke Elshtain on gay marriage

Daniel Callahan on health care

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Jack Miles author of God: A Biography For a distillation of what the Catholic identity has meant over the last 75 years to American intellectual life, Commonweal Confronts the Century will not soon be topped. Garry Wills Liberal Catholicism could hardly have existed but for Commonweal, as this eloquent collection demonstrates.

Introductionp. 15
Encountering the Twentieth Centuryp. 31
Setting the Scene
Terror in Viennap. 33
The Other Americap. 37
The Catholic in the Modern World: A Liberal Viewp. 42
The Political Crisisp. 49
Religion and Politics
Is Mr. Smith Dangerous?p. 54
The Totalitarian Temptationp. 56
The Christian in Politicsp. 63
Kennedy the Catholicp. 67
Richard J. Daley - A Personal Memoirp. 73
The Bottom Line
Catholic Industrial Principlesp. 77
For the Truly Poorp. 81
Waterfront Priestp. 85
Our Responsibility to the Poorp. 92
Charityp. 96
Race and Justice
Native Daughterp. 106
The Sin of Segregationp. 113
The Case of Mr. Y.p. 121
Affirmative on Affirmative Actionp. 124
Church and State
Religion in the Campaignp. 128
Do Catholics Have Constitutional Rights?p. 131
Correspondence: Abortion and the Constitutionp. 135
Abortion, Religion, and Political Lifep. 141
War and Peacep. 147
Civil War in Spain and the United Statesp. 149
Just Warp. 151
Citizen Soldierp. 154
Horror and Shamep. 160
Lonely Protestp. 162
On Nuclear Disbeliefp. 165
Is Deterrence Moral?p. 171
Nuclear War and Christian Responsibilityp. 176
Getting Outp. 178
Notes from the Undergroundp. 182
Should We Go to War with Nicaragua?p. 186
A War About Americap. 189
Life, Death, and the Dignity of Personsp. 191
Justice for Jewsp. 193
Christmas at Dachaup. 195
Justifying Torturep. 199
The Search for an Alternativep. 204
The Primacy of Caringp. 214
The Dignity of Helplessnessp. 225
Why Doctors Must Not Killp. 231
This Man Has Expiredp. 240
Marriage: The Lay Voicep. 253
The Encyclical Crisisp. 262
Marriage Versus Just Living Togetherp. 274
Against Gay Marriagep. 280
Why I Changed My Mindp. 283
Beliefsp. 287
On Becoming a Catholicp. 289
On the Holy Mountainp. 293
A Theological Case for God-Shep. 299
The Tragedyp. 308
So Finely Tuned a Universep. 311
Dissent and Communionp. 324
A Protestant Looks at Catholicsp. 331
The Catholic Crisisp. 338
The Church Under Hitlerp. 346
Misrememberedp. 352
The Everlasting Dilemmap. 355
When a Child Diesp. 366
Artp. 369
Escapismp. 371
Catholics and Hollywoodp. 374
Felix Culpa?p. 380
Matter-of-Fact Confession of a Non-Penitentp. 387
Correspondence: Lolitap. 390
A Guide to Hatchet Jobsp. 394
Flannery O'Connor: 1925-64p. 398
Charming Alicep. 401
Spielberg's "Schindler"p. 407
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ISBN: 9780684862767
ISBN-10: 068486276X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 12th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 14.58  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1