05/01/1989

Has it been duly noted that Darwin's theory of evolution is dying? Not at the hands of fundamentalists; it is being killed off by the scientific community itself. The slow acknowledgement that the theory has died may prove to be an intellectual watershed more important than the ongoing demolition of Marx and Freud. No book [...]

Has it been duly noted that Darwin's theory of evolution is dying? Not at the hands of fundamentalists; it is being killed off by the scientific community itself. The slow acknowledgement that the theory has died may prove to be an intellectual watershed more important than the ongoing demolition of Marx and Freud. No book [...]

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from the remarks of K.S. Karchev, self-proclaimed atheist and chairman of the Council of Religious Affairs in the Soviet Union. This is translated from the Russian newspaper La Pensee Russe, published in France. We, the party, fell into the trap of our own anti-religious policy of prohibitions and shake-ups. [...]

Anyone who has watched the decline of Roman Catholic theology over the past several decades would have bet the ranch that theologians in our colleges and universities would react as they have to the publication of formulas for the Profession of the Faith and an Oath of Fidelity. If you expected this crowd to defer [...]

New York Stories Written by Richard Price, Francis and Sofia Coppola, and Woody Allen Directed by Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, and Woody Allen Reviewed by Richard Alleva When Norman  Mailer campaigned for mayor of New York City more than fifteen years ago, he ran on the singularly radical, clownish, and insightful principle that the city [...]

When I was a child I read tremendous numbers of books about the saints. Children respond less ambiguously to tales of the heroic than adults do, and I think one reason is that adults realize how uncomfortably far they are from heroic heights, and how unlikely they are to attain them. Children are exhilarated and [...]

In 1770, Boswell set down many pages of brief remembrances of what Samuel Johnson had said during that year. Johnson at one point, it seems, was speaking of "a certain Prelate." This clerical gentleman evidently "exerted himself very laudably in building churches and parsonage-houses." Johnson did not find him a man of much "professional learning," [...]

Readers of Crisis may already be familiar with the name Marion Montgomery. For many years his articles have appeared regularly in Modern Age, Hillsdale Review, This World, and Chronicles, and Crisis recently published his comment on "De-construction and Eric Voegelin" (June 1988). But the growth of Montgomery's reputation has been spurred by the publication in [...]

The second Vatican Council was the most important event of the twentieth century for Catholicism. It has also been the most misunderstood. The Church has seen 21 ecumenical councils; Vatican II was the second to be held in Vatican City. An ecumenical council is a gathering of the bishops, cardinals, abbots, and prelates called by [...]

We have all read conversion stories, conversions to the Catholic Church or to Christianity itself — the process is much the same — but, while we are shown the initial attraction and other steps along the way, what happens at the moment of decision is not infrequently obscure to us and perhaps to the writer. [...]

Catholic thought proclaims the primacy of morals over politics and economics. The reason for this is that any social system apportioned to human liberty must recognize the moral activism and responsibility inherent in the use of liberty. In a free society, individual persons exercise far greater liberty of economic action than in any totalitarian, authoritarian, [...]

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