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Let Jesus Be Jewish

To the editors: An interesting aspect of the Sheehan article [“The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan,” April 21] is that the Professor’s simple, central thesis is obscured by a welter of strange terms, and crowded by a catalog of past and present-day theologians: phenomenology, hermeneutics, orthopraxis, historiography, implicit Christology, indifferentism, and apocalyptic crazies; Saint Augustine, […]

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If You Knew Jesus . . .

To the editors: Professor Sheehan’s “Gospel of Thomas” [April 21] may be the Gospel of Academia, but it is most assuredly not the Gospel of the Church, the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Good News which we as believers in Jesus [the] Christ proclaim is that out of total and complete love–and for no […]

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The City File

One partner to go. According to a recent Wendy’s survey, “About 10% of Chicagoland respondents either met their mate or proposed to their sweetheart in a fast food restaurant.” “Like an unforgiving mirror, Lake County reflects what’s good and what’s bad about metropolitan Chicago. High-tech manufacturing exists side-by-side with shuttered machine shops; sparkling corporate headquarters […]

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What Color Is Creole?

To the editors: I’m deeply offended by the gross inaccuracies of your February 24 article on a Cajun restaurant in Oak Park that should have been balanced by the author’s knowledge which obviously was woefully lacking or professionalism, i.e., a little bit of research. The latter would have shown her, Bryan Miller, that Creole people, […]

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Social Investing

To the editors: Regarding the article on social investing [“Capitalism With a Conscience,” April 7], I find it curious and suspicious that the pro-militaristic nuclear-powered brokers are expending so much time and energy to convince social investors that not only will our social-conscious investing make absolutely no difference, but that only nuclear-powered investors will profit […]

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You Call This Magic?

These guys aren’t Jewish, are they?” “Who?” “Penn and Teller.” “I don’t think so.” “See, they say putz but they’re not Jewish. I don’t like that.” Before the first act the two men had been quiet. Now that it was intermission and the alcohol had had time to stew, their voices reverberated throughout the balcony […]

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Roughing It

ROUGHING IT Touchstone Theatre In its current state–which probably isn’t its final state, given the fact that it’s a brand new play receiving its very first production–Roughing It seems too long. This isn’t because of its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Two a half hours hardly amounts to anything at all when (1) you’ve already sat through […]

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The Logic of a Dream

MILL FIRE at the Goodman Theatre Studio The experience of Mill Fire begins the minute you step inside the Goodman’s smoke-filled studio theater. Images assault the senses, setting up the ritualistic, dreamlike evening that follows. Church music plays, and three black figures with long lacy veils sit immobile onstage as the audience enters. Stationary, doll-like, […]

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The Sports Section

The problem with basketball is that the games too often come down to not merely one but a series of “last shots”; that, and the professional season lasts too long. The sport nevertheless is enjoying a well-deserved resurgence. Attendance is higher than ever in the National Basketball Association because the games no longer consist of […]

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On Faith

To the editors: As a student at a local seminary, I had initial interest in your cover story on “The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan” in this past week’s edition [April 21]. When I read the article, however, I was disappointed to find Sheehan’s statements reflect essential atheism disguised in the polished language of high-powered […]

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Dr. King’s Candidate

To the editors: Doug Cassel’s article, “What’s This Election About?” [March 31], is generally a well-written piece that helps shed light on the rhetoric that’s been all over Chicago’s airwaves for the last few weeks, and helps identify the real issues at stake. But in stating his preference for Tim Evans (albeit with some reservations […]