The Common Good

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Cover Story

Official rhetoric has helped fuel an escalation of tension between the United States and Iran. Do recent negotiations mark a change in direction, or just a temporary detour from the highway to military attack?
Chapter 11: The Former United States
'Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.' - Isaiah 2:4


The pursuit of knowledge was his true faith. And in many ways, it remains ours today.
Nane Alejandrez had plenty of opportunities to die. Instead he chose life, and brought generations of Latino youngsters with him.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps celebrates 50 years of changing lives through service.


Dobson's is a fringe position gussied up in mainstream garb.
Building bridges between pentecostals and the mainline churches.
The 'gospel' of Judas and The Da Vinci Code make Christianity unrecognizable.


For those who run our foreign policy, diplomacy has become a 'weak' word.

Covenants always have social and political implications.

Elvis was perhaps our greatest English speaker.

Culture Watch

Neil Young's Living With War reopens the channel between artist and audience.
Is a movement of post-punk, justice-seeking, Jesus-following musicians on the rise?
This day is filling up my room, Is coming through my door. Oh, I have not seen this day before.
Like a cluster of traffic cops, insurance adjusters, and whiplash lawyers at a multicar pileup, writers of all sorts are trying to make sense of the dangerous intersection of faith and politics in
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the gems of the New Testament, comprised as it is of the spare beauty of the Beatitudes and the solemn pleas of the Lord’s Prayer.


It is natural for people of faith to ally with secular organizations and approaches. We may even see the spirit of God in movements that bring life and hope.
This summer's tango between the Bush administration and Iran over the Iranian nuclear program provided an object lesson in how not to do diplomacy.