The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

An interview with John DiIulio, point man for the White House's controversial new 'faith-based' initiative.
The church's prophetic voice is, if you will, its greatest comparative advantage. It's what calls us to the better angels of our nature.
Some religious leaders, especially from within conservative evangelical Christian communities of faith, have worried out loud that religious bodies that receive government support will, over time
Charitable choice has to be seen as part of a broader effort to strengthen civil society as a whole.
A game of faith-based organizations.
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Features

On the Colombian front of the drug war, it's hard to tell who—or what—is the real enemy.
In November 2000, Congress passed "Plan Colombia," a $1.3 billion plan to fight cocaine production in Colombia. 
National missile defense is only the latest version of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Our best protection from nuclear war? A global ban on nuclear weapons.
There are now more Muslims in the United States then Presbyterians—and (surprise!) half of them are women.
The hijab head covering is often the first thing that sets a Muslim woman apart.
American Palestinian physician Laila al-Marayati believes that the Quran speaks to women and men in a manner that eliminates the gender issue.

Commentary

'Would they defend a brother from the hood in the reverend's same situation?'
Bush's plan looks like the 'gimme-mine' generation at it again.
'Easy' solutions like standardized testing won't solve enduring problems like economic inequality.
For many young people, cynicism and activism can be sides of the same coin.

Columns

Will witches, cults, and strange religions soon get taxpayers' dollars?

'If Buddhism helps them, so be it, but maybe they just need to be better Christians or better Jews.'

Just when I become practiced in the art of waving my fist and demanding my rights, I get a divine yank.

It's no surprise that humans are smarter than roundworms. Well, most humans, anyway.

Culture Watch

Reading to provoke, perplex, and please.
Disney's 'urban' experience is cleaned-up, dumbed-down, and smoothed-over.
It only seemed like 2000 was the year of Limp Bizkit, Eminem, and Britney. Music of subtlety and substance was indeed made. This was some of it:
Tribute albums are tricky beasts. Any artist who warrants such acclaim will no doubt have a strong following with deeply held opinions about the merit of someone else singing those songs.
You might wonder how opera diva Kathleen Battle, the best-selling computer game MYST, and TV shopping networks all work into a conversation about Christianity.

Departments

Your petitions—though they continue to bearjust the one signature—have been duly recorded.
Our churches have attempted to corner the market on grace, to act as society's sole dispensers of salvation.
'The hardest question for us is what to do when people get better.'
Employment Opportunities
Winter brought far-flung trips for Sojourners staffers. Rose Marie Berger traveled to Colombia with Witness for Peace to learn about the front lines of the drug war there.