2010-01-15

Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2010

Truth or Consequences

If Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth-century mathematician and Jansenist philosopher, could read the Murphy Report on clergy sexual abuse in Dublin, he would doubtless...

Change in Chile

The days of the dictator Augusto Pinochet seem like ancient history to the young Chileans who live in Santiago’s new condominiums and shop in the capital’s upscale...

Religion Booknotes

Hidden HolinessMichael PlekonUniversity of Notre Dame Press, $25, 224 pp.____________________________________________________________________Michael Plekon’s 2002...

Even the Pagans Do That

At a recent meeting at Harvard Divinity School, I had occasion to give a general introduction to comparative theology, my field of study. I stressed the importance...

How Tough Was He?

Knowledge of Calvin is of two kinds. There is knowledge of Calvin himself, as we know him in his life. And there is the knowledge of ourselves that we project onto...

Traveling Light

Rather like Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Election), the young director Jason Reitman lodges his movies and their protagonists in a zone of tantalizing ambiguity...

Coming Home

Last year I got a call from an administrator at a Midwestern seminary with a reputation for its “take no prisoners” conservative theology. He had permission to...

Trading Places

These are interesting times for Anglican-Catholic relations in the United Kingdom. Four and a half centuries after the historic Act of Supremacy, by which Henry...

No Easy Answers

In 1995, I had the good fortune to take a stroll with Heinrich Dumoulin, the great Jesuit scholar of Buddhism, in the garden of the Jesuit residence at Sophia...

A Christian & the Qur’an

Early last year, the Ministry of Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran awarded its World Prize for the Book of the Year to The Banquet: A Reading of the Fifth...

Preaching to Bishops

“Preaching to bishops,” a long-dead churchman told me years ago, “is like farting at skunks. You’ll win some battles, but lose the war.” All the more so, no doubt,...

Too Bad to Forget

If it has proved difficult for the federal government to deal with the long-term effects of the financial crisis, it is proving no less difficult for it to deal...