The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

How Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.—the world's largest Christian university—became an evangelist for drone warfare. 


Under Christian ethics, drone warfare is neither just nor moral.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence.
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars.
Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling.
A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again.
An interview with Sen. Ehab El Kharrat, a Christian member of Egypt's Parliament, on why he sees the country as a "work in progress."


Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement.
Immigration reform must include protection of workers' rights.
How the dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations.


Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response.

No one wants to spend summer vacation in the clink, but that's where a lot us are going to find ourselves.

Even at their best, toys like the American Girl Dolls send a mixed message.

If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written.

Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists.

Culture Watch

As the Lean In debate shows, striving for gender equality is still personal and political—and vital.
Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham / Bidder 70 / Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action by Mae Elise Cannon / Courage to Think Differently by George S. Johnson
According to Wendell Berry, all you need to have hope is one good example.
The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the product of good people trying to do a good thing, but at best putting the desire to convey a particular message ahead of making the best artwork for the medium.
The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper
Anonymity. Köhler Books


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.