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Commonweal january 10, 2014  •  volume 141  •  Number 1

short take 8

Alternative Medicine

Getting to the right of Obamacare J. Peter Nixon

articles 10

Seeing as God Sees

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life Karen Kilby, Luke Timothy Johnson, Bernard G. Prusak

art 19

Photography & the American Civil War

Elizabeth Kirkland Cahill

upfront 4



editorial Minimal Wages

columnists 6

The ACLU Takes On the Bishops Cathleen Kaveny

Books 23

Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre edited by Ronald Aronson and Adrian van den Hoven George Scialabba


The Highest Poverty by Giorgio Agamben translated by Adam Kotsko Paul J. Griffiths


Bookmarks Anthony Domestico

The Last Word

the metropolitan museum of art


Skull & Bones Harold Bordwell

Unknown photographer, [Thomas Mickleberry Merritt (left) and Unknown Fellow Officer, Company G, Second Georgia Cavalry Regiment], 1862–63


Commonweal Magazine - Jan 10th, 2014