Secularism and Modernity

Minding the Modern

In Pfau's account, when 13th century Franciscan theologian William of Ockham separated reason from will, it was the beginning of the modern evacuation of the self.

The Future of Baby-Making

Sex for the fun of it, children if and when we choose and of the sort we choose. But would such a world be good for children? And would it be good for sex?

Don't Beatify Us

The press and the public prefer to make parents of disabled kids into saints, and to accept and justify whatever actions those parents choose to take.

Hearing Cardinal Burke

Much of what the cardinal says is unpersuasive and unappealing, but he speaks frankly, just as Pope Francis has asked of his bishops.

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

The Commonweal Catholic

Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.

A Question of Conscience

A critic of the temporal power of the pope, Ignaz von Döllinger is sometimes portrayed as an early “liberal” Catholic. That label only partly fits.

Great Expectations

The synod comes at a time when a huge gulf has opened up between the teaching of the church on sex, marriage, and the family and the practice of many Catholics.

An Interview with Christian Wiman

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.

An Unbelieving Age

That the death of God involves the death of Man is Christian doctrine, a fact of which Nietzsche seems not to have been aware.

Opting Out

The presence of the Amish in America poses a conundrum: How do a people who espouse a slow and simple way of life not only survive but thrive in a hypermodern world?

He Is Who Is

One of David Bentley Hart's deeper points is that the major theistic religions do indeed have something in common when they say “God.”
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