Chronicles Magazine Culture

Don't Feed the War Machine

"His sympathies were for race—too lofty to descend to persons," a wit once said of the abolitionist Senator Sumner. For how else could a man countenance the slaughter of his countrymen, not only rebel Southerners but noble Robert Gould Shaw and...

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  • VIEWS

    Euthanasia for Excellence

    On April 10 of last year, the European Patent Office quietly awarded a patent to Michigan State University (MSU) for "euthanasia solutions which use the anesthetic gammahydroxy-butramide (embutramide) as a basis for formulating the composition."

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  • VIEWS

    Crime, Punishment, and Civility

    In 1777, upon the execution of the preacher Dr. William Dodd, Samuel Johnson produced one of his most memorable aphorisms: "Depend upon it. Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

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  • REVIEWS

    Not Ours to Give

    Gary David Comstock is Protestant chaplain and visiting assistant professor of sociology at Wesleyan University. The author cites his "lover/partner Ted" in the acknowledgments, and thus manifestly belongs to the group he describes in uniformly...

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  • Perspective

    Pilgrim's Digress

    Many generations after Christian had made his way successfully to the Celestial City, one of his descendants decided to attempt the same journey. The young man came from the Modern branch of the Christians, a recent but powerful sect that had...

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