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EDITORIAL

“Unadulterated Words,” by David Mills, on the wickedness of “linguistic supersizing” and the charity of restraint.

COLUMNS & VIEWS

“Untenured Radical: Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society,” by Graeme Hunter [Book Returns].

“Creation and Christ,” by Patrick Reardon [As it is written . . .], on understanding Christ as mediator, cosmologically and epistemologically.

“Yes, Aquinas, there is a Santa Claus,” by Nathan Schlueter, making an argument in scholastic form for telling children about Santa Claus.

“A Mighty Child,” by Anthony Esolen, on what Jesus shows us about being a child.

“Interrogatory Prayer,” by Bill Gnade, on the need to ask God the questions we never think to ask him.

“Real Hard Cash,” by Russell Moore, on Johnny Cash’s authentically hip witness.

“Just as He Was,” by Mark Linville, on why Johnny Cash sang from his mother’s hymnbook.

FEATURES

“A Catholic Grief Observed,” by David Paul Deavel, on the insights the death of a loved one can bring.

“Pilgrim Johnson,” by Ian Hunter, on the great Christian moralist Samuel Johnson, on the 250th anniversary of the publication of his Dictionary.

“The Gay Invention,” by R. V. Johnson, on the ideological claim made in the word “homosexuality”

REVIEWS

“Moloch’s Clerics,” a review of Tom Davis’ Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances by Anne Gardiner

“Courtly Culture War,” a review of James R. Gaines’ Evening in the Palace of Reason by Timothy A. Smith

“Irenic Encounters,” a review of James Stamoolis (ed), “Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicialism by Warren Farha

“Social Gospel Apostle,” a review of Christopher H. Evans’ The Kingdom is Always But Coming: A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch by Eric Miller

“Dicey Theodicy,” a review of D. Z. Phillips’ The Problem of Evil and the Problem of God by Graeme Hunter.

REPORTS

“A Crucial Unity,” a report on the recent conference on “In One Body Through the Cross: The Princeton Proposal for Christian Unity” by Raymond Keating

“Dogma Bites Man,” a report on (i.e., criticism of) Gregory Paul’s study of Christianity and social disfunction, by George H. Gallup, Jr.

And several sidebars running with the feature articles, the usual short items in Quodlibet, news, Book Notices, and letters to the editor.