Touchstone Vol. 26 No. 6

EDITORIAL
3 At Dusk in the Jungle
A Deadly Culture Needs More than Legal Remedies
by Anthony Esolen

FEAUTURES
24 A Divine Gift of the Muses
The Great Epics are Theological & Mark the Hard Path to Beatitude
by ANTHONY ESOLEN

34 The Gnostic Evangelist
The Neo-Gnostic “Alernative Chrsitianity” of Elaine Pagels
By WILLIAM J. TIGHE

40 Have Icon, Will Travel
The Ministry of an Orthodox Army Chaplain in Southwest Asia Post-9/11
by ALEXANDER F.C. WEBSTER

DEPARTMENTS
4 QUODLIBET

7 LETTERS

10 THE SUFFERING CHURCH

46 BOOK REVIEWS
The Christian Reason
Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy, and the Catholic Tradition
edited by Andrew Davison
reviewed by: DARYL CHARLES

48 The Devil, You Say
I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare
by Robert H. Bennett
reviewed by TIMOTHY R. FURNISH

COLUMNS & VIEWS
11 CONTOURS OF CULTURE
On Earth As It Is in Heaven
by Ken Myers

13 MORTAL REMAINS
What the Documents Say
by S.M. HUTCHENS

14 The World of the Rings
DONALD T. WILLIAMS on Why Peter Jackson was Unable to Film Tolkien’s Moral Tale

16 Grace & Truce
DAVID C. BRENNER on the Cutting Edge of God’s Pease on Earth

19 The Burt Carols
MICHAEL BAUM on the Musical Gifts of a jazz Musician’s Christmas Cards

21 My Favorite Party
Rebecca Sicree on Christmas Pizzas, Hospitality & the Best Gift of All

51 FIRST BOOKS
A Change of Place
by KATHIE JOHNSON

52 ILLUMINATIONS
Like a Thief in the Night
by Anthony Esolen

54 A THOUSAND WORDS
Rembrandt van Rijn’s
Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul
by MARY ELIZABETH PODLES

56 As It Is Written
The Many Storied Prophets
by Patrick Henry Reardon

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