Signs of hope

December 2008


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Comment Magazine - Signs of hope

01

Annunciation

By Franz Wright

Poem
02

Annunciation

By Scott Cairns

Poem
02

Home For Christmas: Zanesville, 1972

By Franz Wright

Poem
03

Surviving Christmas

By Aaron Belz

Poem

04

A Wesleyan Strain

By Brett Foster

Poem
06

Editorial: High Wire Hope

By Gideon Strauss

David Simon's effort to imaginatively portray the complexities of contemporary life in his television series The Wire (my favourite piece of television in a long, long time) is understood by Elijah Anderson as ultimately cynical and by Jacob Weisberg as ultimately hopeful. It is difficult to seriously talk about the complexities of the heartbreaking world in which we live without appearing cynical. And yet, even the most gimlet-eyed and hard-bitten of us yearn for hope.

10

2008 Comment Manifesto

By Gideon Strauss

Comment is a journal of public opinion bringing Christian voices to the dialogue in the public sphere, seeking the common good.

12

Signs of hope: a Comment symposium

Comment asked regular contributors to tell us of signs of hope they see in their daily work, in the spheres of culture where they are most active, or in the world at large. What follows is their observations and reflections.
—The Editors

28

Faith is not real to them—now what?

By Gregory Wolfe

Father Luigi Giussani founded a worldwide Catholic lay movement that relives the unity and intensity of the apostles—in the midst of ordinary, workaday life.

34

Signs of hope in China

By Bob Metcalf

Understanding the dangers and opportunities of the Central Kingdom.

44

Can we hope for a neocalvinist-neopuritan dialogue?

By Ray Pennings

Forging a public theology relevant for our times.

52

Annie Levy: Giving life by taking pictures

By Alissa Wilkinson

Fourth in a Comment series on under-appreciated artists.

58

Making room for Muslims

By Stephen Lazarus

It would be a sign of hope for Christians to take the lead in making room for Muslims out of Christian conviction.

This Issue

In this issue of Comment we have asked several of our contributors to explore various aspects of hope—to write about movements of hope in Protestant and Catholic Christianity; to explore possibilities for hope in China and in the relationship of North American political communities to their Muslim citizens; and, in our symposium, to tell us of signs of hope they are noticing.

And so, as we gather the words and pictures that make up Comment, we do so in the hope that the hurricane of God’s justice and mercy will yet blow in our lives; in the lives of our community of writers, artists and readers; and in the common life of our culture.

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