The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Can a 21st-century faith revival change politics?
Rules of Engagement Seven principles for Christian political involvement in the world. 1. God hates injustice. 2. The kingdom of God is a new order.


Will your own humanness really ruin your children for life?
Is a proper burial for World Trade Center victims a justice issue? Diane Horning's vigil for the conscience of America.
I often "miscue" in reading the story of the Good Samaritan.
The Foods Resource Bank Bridges the rural-urban divide through farming and giving.


Bush administration amnesia spells disaster for Darfur.
Marketing infant formula at the cost of young lives.
The Millennial Generation gets creative to fight global warming.


Evangelicals are leaving the Religious Right in droves.

The Prosperity Gospel lets us have our cake and eat it, too. Also cookies. And donuts.

During Lent, we think about the saints who listened in the night.

Culture Watch

Fernando Botero on Abu Ghraib
The gospel calls us to a “preferential option for the poor” to address the conditions of the 37 million adults and children who live in poverty in the United States.
Tragically, Christian political activity today is a disaster. Christ­ians embrace contradictory positions on almost every political issue.
Before he was killed in World War I—tragically, just days before the Armistice—the poet Wilfred Owen wrote these words as preface to the book he never got to hold in his hands: “
Even at a length of just under 100 pages, Ron Austin’s In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts is four or five books in one, a quality that proves to be both an asset and a c
Ben Harper is known for songs that are either personal or political, and in Lifeline, his latest release with the Innocent Criminals, the songs embody both.
Suffer the Children
EXCLUSIVO EN LA WEB: Entrevista con Fernando Botero Por Rose Marie Berger
FULL TRANSCRIPT - WEB EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Fernando Botero by Rose Marie Berger
White-collar life in the information age.


I cannot tell you why I taste death; the cupboards are reasonably arranged, the windows clean as rain.
Christians tell the same story over and over even though we know how it ends. We dread the execution even as we anticipate the resurrection.