December 19, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 20Whole No. 4716

Editorials

A Child Is Born
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently offering an exhibition of the work of Fra Angelico (1390/95-1455), one of the most extraordinary artists of the early Italian Renaissance period.

Articles

Consuming Christmas
John F. Kavanaugh
As it does every year, it all began at Thanksgiving.
The Painted Visions of Fra Angelico
Franco Mormando

"I, for my part, can truthfully say that whenever I see this painting, it seems to be for the first time, and that I can never have my fill of it.” Thus wrote Giorgio Vasari, known as the father of

The Historical Mary
Robert P. Maloney

What do we really know about the woman we call Mother of God and Mother of the Church, the first of all the saints, the model believer?

Biologist and Believer
Andrew Szebenyi

It is amazing how many people are trying to find problems where there aren’t any. The culprits are prejudice and ignorance.

Books and Culture

Books
A Singular Hunger for God
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
In Blessed Among All Women, Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, has compiled another unorthodox hagiography.
Books
Not Quite How It Happened
John C. Endres
With good reason, Steven McKenzie worries that many modern men and women misunderstand the Bible.
Books
Connected to the World
James S. Torrens
In this second collection by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Mary Oliver, containing 42 new poems, the contents run in reve

Columns and Departments

The Word
De-Christianizing Christmas?
Daniel J. Harrington
The Word
What's In a Name?
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Christmas: Wonderful Exchange
Ladislas Orsy
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Letters
Letters