Myth Buster

American Catholics in the Protestant Imagination
Rethinking the Academic Study of Religion
Michael P. Carroll
Johns Hopkins University Press, $49.95, 240 pp.

Last summer I was chatting with the old brother who serves as porter for the Jesuit house of biblical studies in Rome. I told him that I had heard a rumor that the cardinal prefect of one of the oldest basilicas in Rome had fathered a child. He paused for a moment, and then replied (without a trace of irony), “It should be true, but it’s not.”

Michael Carroll has written a lively—and often brilliant—book that launches a frontal assault on...

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Mark S. Massa, SJ, has been Karl Rahner Professor of Theology and co-director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, and was recently named dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.

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