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Darwin and the God of Love Elizabeth A. Johnson

“[Johnson] provides a theology of creation that not only integrates an understanding of evolution with a belief in the presence of God’s love and grace in the world, but also encourages us to take up our common responsibility for the earth, its environment, and all its living creatures. The clarity of her exposition and her ability to bring classical theological affirmations to bear on contemporary issues makes this book an accessible and required reading on the burning issues of faith, science, and ecological well-being.” —Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School

From the same author as the bestselling Quest for the Living God Hardcover | 9781472903730 | $32.95 | Available March 2014

The Second Vatican Council Celebrating its Achievements and the Future Gavin D’Costa

Paperback | 9780567179111 $27.95 | T&T Clark

Written by leading figures in the church, these timely essays show the Council’s impact upon modern Catholicism and engagement with the modern world. They look at major issues including, revelation, liturgy, the church, ecumenism, world religions, mission, the role of Mary, and the future of the Church.

The Disciples’ Call Theologies of Vocation from Scripture to the Present Day Christopher Jamison, OSB “This series of essays is eye-opening, mind-broadening and heart-expanding. It offers the reader a look into the rich tradition, history, and theology of vocation. The essays tell a story of where we have been – looking to the times before and after the Second Vatican Council – and consider with well-reasoned ideas and thoughtful insights where we need to go in the future.” —Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey

Paperback | 9780567310996 $24.95 | T&T Clark

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Commonweal february 7, 2014  •  volume 141  •  Number 3

articles upfront


At Our Mercy

The tree of life now depends on one twig Elizabeth A. Johnson


Just Warriors, Unjust Wars?


Deciding when it’s all right to fight Bernard G. Prusak


short takes




editorial So Far, So Good


commonweal online

A Hole in the Basket Fr. Nonomen

Theological Books 23

The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart Michael Robbins


Getting On with It

In politics, the perfect is the enemy of the good Nathan Pippenger


Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin Paul Horwitz


Enlightened Self-Interest

Why New Yorkers elected Bill de Blasio Paul Moses


A Silent Action by Rowan Williams Harold Isbell


The Global War on Christians by John L. Allen Jr. Gabriel Said Reynolds


Levels of Life by Julian Barnes Denis Donoghue


American Hustle The Wolf of Wall Street

Richard Alleva

The Last Word 39

Rerouted Dolores L. Christie

paramount pictures


Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street


Commonweal Magazine - Feb 7th, 2014