Oct/Nov 2005

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Katrina and a Modest Proposal

In my own school days, Swift's "A Modest Proposal" was required reading. It was taught as an example of satire. Now, I assume it is still taught, but as a case study in Business School. Thus does each age embrace the Classics, each according to its own lights and needs.

Paul J. Sampson


The Problem of (with) Evil

But what should we make of Jesus, the Buddha and the others who preach a morality that seems to contradict the law of the jungle, watery and otherwise? Is the Sermon on the Mount mere wishful thinking, an illusion that a moral authority exists beyond whatever serves our selfish human needs? Why have we developed a moral consciousness at all?

Thomas J. Hubschman


Dispatches 12-14 (Presence)

Every person of faith knows that sometimes God goes away. Or better. Because it amounts to the same thing. That sometimes you just don't feel it anymore. Bottom line, for whatever reason, sometimes you are left alone. People write songs about it. Sixteenth century Spanish saints write poems about it. Yes sir.

Stanley Jenkins


Dispatches 15 (Katrina)

This has been a bad time to be a Christian. It's been a bad time to be American.

Stanley Jenkins