Magazine March 9, 2015, Issue

Neuhaus in His Time

Father Richard John Neuhaus in 1996 (Ray Lustig/Washington Post via Getty)
Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square, by Randy Boyagoda (Image, 480 pp., $30)

Dickens could not have called the iconoclastic years of the late 1960s and early 1970s the best of times and the worst of times, for in terms of moral discourse they were only the worst, and by any standard of civility and aesthetics they were also the ugliest of times, with their rampant naïveté and galloping self-righteousness. Richard John Neuhaus cut his teeth in those years, actually exulting in them, surrounded by a waxworks of philosophical malcontents including William Sloane Coffin, Harvey Cox, Joan Baez, and Tom Hayden. He joined, and sometimes led, their chorus, as when he said that

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The Week

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