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May 17, 1999
By no means are the returns all in on the Littleton, Colorado, killings. The name of the high school, "Columbine," is likely to become a code word for a trauma, just as "Assassinations" and "Space Shuttle Challenger disaster" and "Laramie" and "Pearl Harbor" and "Jonestown" and "Waco" and "Heaven's Gate" have become.
May 14, 1999
Expect both praise and criticism to grow as "spirituality" increasingly finds its home in management seminars and corporate policy and practice. At least weekly some publication or other will report on the trend to incorporate the theme and some practices into the office or weekend retreat centers used by companies.
May 12, 1999
The word "religiocification," as in the "religiocification" of the black role in the civil rights movement, is not likely to make it into the dictionary, but one can picture what it might mean. In 1969 Clifton F. Brown spoke of 1968 as the year in which this "religiocification" began in earnest.
May 10, 1999
Southern Baptists demand attention. They are so webbed into Southern life that they make up what could credibly be called "the Catholic church of the South," an idea that suggests much cultural interaction. In recent decades they have moved north as well.
May 6, 1999
"Sovereignty" is at issue in many Protestant contentions over religion in American public life. The vast majority of American Christians believe that God is somehow sovereign over all. But most of them relate this faith to theories of governance in which believers and unbelievers and all varieties between them share civil life on equal terms.
May 4, 1999
One of the most heated public controversies over a religious theme in America has to do with Holocaust studies. And none has been more heated and more public than that between Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior editor of COMMENTARY (published by the American Jewish Committee), and Franklin H. Littell, a noted Christian researcher and writer on the Holocaust.
April 30, 1999
What remains of religion on the left? As we monitor the public expressions of American religion, we notice those dubbed "the right" regularly charging that "the left" runs American culture, politics, and religion. Exactly who makes up this left?
April 30, 1999
What remains of religion on the left? As we monitor the public expressions of American religion, we notice those dubbed "the right" regularly charging that "the left" runs American culture, politics, and religion. Exactly who makes up this left?

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