04/01/1991

Less than forty years ago, American society began a laborious and painful project to eliminate all vestiges of racial segregation from public life. On May 17, 1954, flanked by eight colleagues at a press conference, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren read from the momentous Brown v. Board of Education decision: "Does segregation . . . [...]

Less than forty years ago, American society began a laborious and painful project to eliminate all vestiges of racial segregation from public life. On May 17, 1954, flanked by eight colleagues at a press conference, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren read from the momentous Brown v. Board of Education decision: "Does segregation . . . [...]

Anyone who ventures to speak of the relationship between religion and the arts today is in danger of walking into a rather densely planted minefield. Whenever this subject appears in the public arena, it almost always takes a particular form: a raging controversy over some artistic affront to organized religion and the sensibilities of millions [...]

When people meet me and they find out that I make my living as a film critic, they often exhibit two spontaneous but absolutely contradictory reactions. The first comment is, "Boy, you have a great job!" and, usually in the very next breath, they add, "Aren't movies terrible these days?" The fact is that both [...]

The name of Billy Graham is virtually synonymous in the minds of most people with the word evangelization. Here is a man—a Protestant, to be sure—who circles the globe, decade after decade. Literally millions upon millions of men and women, in every continent now, have heard the Christian message as Graham casts it, namely, Jesus [...]

Editor's note: We reprint here a recent column by the eminent historian Paul Johnson for the London Spectator. The public is influenced not merely by the professional media but by self-proclaimed high-minded ideologues who exploit privileged positions in order to put forward extremist political views. There are two egregious categories of such people: clergymen and [...]

In a letter of October 6, 1956, Flannery O'Connor wrote that "part of Purgatory must be the realization of how little it would have to take to make a vice into a virtue." She went on to remark that "the Communion of Saints has something to do with the fact that the burdens we bear [...]

On the day war broke out in the Persian Gulf I by chance was reading the greatest piece of war literature in our Western tradition—the Iliad. The new translation by Robert Fagles, chairman of Princeton University's comparative literature department, is splendid indeed. Many of us will prefer it even to the Richard Lattimore translation that [...]

In spring, when the hearts of young and old turn to thoughts of collapse, disaster, and the end times, lucky are they who take up Lord of the World again, but luckier still are they who read the book for the first time. Not many futuristic novels published in 1907 can interest readers in this [...]

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