The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

How Christians and Muslims navigate the road ahead will have profound consequences for both communities--and for the world.
Office of Interfaith Relations at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
The image of Islam in American pop culture.

Features

Spencer Perkins' long road to reconciliation.
Or does diversity enrich our new 'creaturehood'?
Reconciliation, forgiveness, and the pursuit of justice.
Spencer Perkins showed us what reconciliation looks like.
Bethel New Life creates a place for God's people on Chicago's West Side.
The book of Isaiah is like a great fugue, always advancing to fresh statements, at the same time continually returning to pick up and restate themes already sounded.

Commentary

The U.S. government is telling us that we have entered a new war, one that may last for years, even decades. If that is so, we are beginning with the wrong strategy.
A biblical reflection on public lies.
Moral authority and human rights.
The systematic cruelty behind Sudan's suffering.
Advent, incarnation, and the daily news.

Columns

Many of those present for Bill Clinton’s prayer breakfast repentance were moved. Unlike his August 17 address to the nation, this speech was contrite enough to convince.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish.

Ecology does not begin and end with the human, but it certainly includes us. All other
beings share the planet and the cosmos with us, and we with them.

Sometimes self-knowledge can be gleaned from the most unlikely of sources. From a glimpse of sunset, or a chance reading of a poem. Or, say, from a 14-year-old Japanese girl.

Film stardom is an elusive dream for most, including even yours truly, whom many have
credited with talents well-suited for the big screen.

Culture Watch

Christian education and everyday life.
A spectre is haunting Europe...." So begins The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Those words were true when The Manifesto first appeared in 1848.
One key criteria in selecting Christian education curricula, as this article outlines, is the relating of theological thought and everyday experiences.
Faith in the age of excellence.
Veterans look at the reality of war.
A new view of the 23rd Psalm.
What makes raising kids so tough?
A graphic portrayed of mythic proportions.
A novel approach to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Growing in traditions of living water.
An inordinate number of family members, friends, and friends’ family members have died in the last month.

Departments

Letters and loans help survivors of genocide rebuild their lives.
National Summit on the Churches and Welfare Reform.
Carver at market speaks to a tourist Luanda, Angola
The terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the subsequent U.S.