The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

A Tennessee church welcomes its Muslim neighbors.


Christians and Muslims in the post-9/11 world.
A conservative Republican member of Congress talks about his journey of repentance for supporting the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Good presidents and administrators influence not just schools, but the broader church.
Seminary graduates share what they learned about God's call to social justice.
Extended Format: Three bonus reflections


'Silent' raids that drive workers into the underground economy are worse than useless.
ROTC is back on campuses -- but military thinking still conflicts with the life of the mind.
Will we control high U.S. health-care costs, or just shift them to seniors?


America should be a safe place for people of all faiths.

This may be the largest use of civil disobedience yet around global warming.

Starting in 2013, every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. will include graphic images portraying the physical effects of smoking, although looking really cool when you're a teenager won’t be one of them.

Culture Watch

The round-up on late-summer cinema, including: Solaris, The Tree of Life, and Super 8. 
Why, despite mutual suspicions, Christianity and comics go together like paper and ink.
The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith, by Sarah Azaransky.
Springsteen has always understood that the rock-and-roll story is about freedom.