The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

George W. Bush's theology of empire.
Who are these guys? And why do they think they can rule the world?


In a time of hardened hearts, the story of Exodus is relevant once again.
Mexico's tradition of revolutionary murals continues in Chiapas.
An interview with The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick.
What a Department of Corrections shotgun pellet taught me about centering prayer.
When desperate victims in distant conflicts plead for help, can America do more than save its own?


The failure to discover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has exposed the lie at the heart of the Bush administration's case for war.
What will it take for us to trust the press?
Religious organizations and fair hiring.
A struggle for the soul of the city.


'People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular.'

Holy leisure and radical hospitality are necessary components for surviving the vicissitudes of empire.

We cannot give up the U.N., despite its inadequacies.

'Set small goals, and then put them off for as long as you can.'

Culture Watch

The alternative voice of Pacifica's KPFK.
Bif! Boom! Soc!
A political realignment in this country isn't possible until we heal the cultural breach that afflicts us.
Gareth Higgins, author of the new book How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films (Relevant Books) writes about...
"A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken in the light of a story.
In Image and Spirit, author and artist Karen Stone recounts comments she overheard in a modern art museum one November day
While many in the U.S. civil rights movement were busy integrating lunch counters, others took on an even tougher challenge—integrating U.S. churches.
When Thérèse Martin died in 1897 at age 24, she was a nobody; most of the world had never heard of her.
Offering listeners more impassioned spiritual music in four hours than they might hear in a lifetime of Sunday morning services, "Stained Glass Bluegrass" is a wonderful—
"We should not harm anyone.


Hundreds of years growing on a steep hill, desolate, aging / despite scarce nourishment, they wait for history to recognize them.
"We must re-vision Christian faith as a combative, argumentative, and emancipatory" practice that seeks "the well-being of all." 
The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.
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In this issue Jim Wallis examines apparent recent shifts in President George W. Bush's theological framework and how those shifts may spur or sustain dangerous politics.