Chronicles Magazine April 2007

  • VIEWS

    When Experts Attack

    For over 30 years, the churches of America have been declining; their numbers, plummeting. Each year, a new set of numbers emerges from the various denominational headquarters, telling the tale.

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  • VIEWS

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Strange as it may seem today, once upon a time, Hollywood respected Christianity. Many movies had biblical themes—some were box-office blockbusters—but, more importantly, many others had scenes depicting religion as an integral part of American...

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  • VIEWS

    The Cardinal Vicar

    Twenty-one centuries will have passed since He promised to come in His glory, 21 centuries since His prophet wrote, “Behold, I come quickly.” For centuries, then, men had beseeched Him with faith and fervor, “O Lord our God hasten Thy coming.”

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  • REVIEWS

    The Greatest Revolution

    Most people throughout the industrial world see cheap and readily available food as simply another modern amenity, such as electricity or running water. Few understand that agriculture has always been political, because it is tied to human...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    A Great Tradition Renewed

    Literary feuds, like ideas, have consequences. After Sir Walter Scott read a disparaging review of his Marmion in the Edinburgh Review, the bard of the Borders decided that what British life needed above all was a journal that would give...

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  • IN THE DARK

    The Squirm Index

    Allow me to introduce the Squirm Index. For a while now, I have been looking for an alternative to the overly elastic rating system used by the Motion Picture Association of America, which has, for 39 years, been trying to quantify what...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Webb and War

    While I share some of the concerns expressed by Leon Hadar in his February View, his analysis of the 2006 election is short on facts, as when he says that Virginia Sen. James Webb’s victory over former Sen. George Allen could only be...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On the Ugly

    After reading Roger D. McGrath’s review of Clint Eastwood’s movie on the Battle of Iwo Jima (“The Good, The Bad, the Ugly,” Vital Signs, January) and his article on Eastwood’s Letters From Iwo Jima (Sins of Omission, February), I...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Strippers

    I concur with William J. Quirk in his discussion of the jurisdiction of federal courts (Cultural Revolutions, January). However, he missed a related strategic point.

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