Chronicles A M A G A Z I N E OF A M E R I C A N C U L T U RErnPERSPECTIVErnThe Sacraments of Anti-Christrnby Thomas FlemingrnUncle Sam’s long reach.rnVIEWSrnSacramental Parodies by Father Ian BoydrnG.K. Chesterton and Muriel Spark confrontrnthe spiritualists.rnSacraments of Death by Harold O.J. BrownrnThe new thanatophilia.rnConfirmation and Indoctrinationrnby E. Christian KopffrnThe creeds and catechisms of public schools.rnThe Rise of the Profane by Thomas MolnarrnThe demise of the sacred.rnTeaching ReHgion and Religious Teachingrnby Philip JenkinsrnAdvocacy versus education.rnOPINIONS —rnGermans in the Dock by Curtis Cate 27rnDaniel Jonah Goldhagen: Hitler’s WillingrnExecutioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust.rnThe stereotype lives on.rnEvery Which Way But Up by Samuel Francis 30rnMichael Lind: Up From Conservatism:rnWhy the Right is Wrong for America.rnA defense of the status quo.rnREVIEWSrnHerbert London recommends Dumbing Down:rnEssays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture,rnedited by Katharine Washburn and John Thorntonrn• • Thomas Fleming praises Tito Perdue’s latestrnsatire, The New Austerities • • J.O. Tate saysrnCleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticismrnby Mark Royden Winchell is about much morernthan literary criticism •••rnCORRESPONDENCErn12rn16rn19rn21rn23rnForeign Correspondences: Down Ecuador Way, Part 1 37rnby William Millsrn33rnLetter From Oklahoma City: Compassion, Inc.rnby Susan Lanier AndersonrnLetter From Chicago: Real Daily Newsrnby David A. GorakrnVITAL SIGNSrnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSrnTHE HUNDREDTH MERIDIANrnIn Mexicornby Chilton Williamson, Jr.rnPOETRYrnMedieval Festival At The Cloistersrnby Marc-Yves TuminrnBradford Pear Treesrnby John Nixon, Jr.rn39rn42rnFILM: A Time to Km 43rnby Michael WashburnrnREGIONALISM: The Good Kennedys 44rnby Michael HillrnSCIENCE: Crime Genes and Other Delusions 45rnby Kevin LambrnTHEATER: One Flea Spare & Other New Plays 46rnby Katherine DaltonrnARCHITECTURE: Rockefeller Center 47rnby R.T. ValentinernDEPARTMENTSrn4rn5rn49rn11rn18rnON THE COVERrnLetter From Inner Israel: Jews on Abortionrnby Jacob Neusnerrn36 Cover and inside illustrations by Anna Mycek-Wbdecki.rnDECEMBER 1996/3rnrnrn