Spirituality

‘Grave Ambiguities’

This book documents the travails and the courage of the late Jacques Dupuis, the Jesuit priest and theologian whose work on what he called “a Christian...

Nagel’s Untimely Idea

Assessing philosopher Thomas Nagel’s argument that "the Neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly wrong."

Behind the Tridentine Myth

The Council of Trent, ostensibly the response of the Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation, is poorly known for what occasioned it and what it did, and,...

Confidence v. Certainty

Many religious people feel a need for clarity. They need to have a sense that they are right, or at least on the right path and relatively sure of their direction.

Closing Testament

Broadway’s most recent foray into Catholicism has come to an abrupt halt: The Broadway testimony of the mother of Jesus—as written by the award-winning...

Readings for Writers

Richard Ford is the author of the novels The Sportswriter, Wildlife, Independence Day (which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and Lay of the Land...

Redeemed from Death?

As I begin what will be my seventh (!) decade as a Catholic, I find that I am less and less sure of what Catholics believe.Oh, I know our opinions. Especially...

Claims of Conscience

Is religious conscience special? And what kinds of claims (if any) does conscience warrant? These are two of the many questions Brian Leiter raises in his...

Larger than Legend

Richard Linklater’s bittersweet 2008 film Me and Orson Welles tells of an impressionable teenager who gets the chance to work with his idol, Orson Welles, in the...

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

Letting Go

For Catholics and non-catholics alike, Pope Benedict's resignation -- a gesture of relinquishing power -- was done for the good of all.

When in Rome...

It's been a long time since I have read a book about the church that made me laugh out loud. In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis presents many stories that will...
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Book Reviews

Unruly Passions

December 12, 2013 | 0 comments

A Mossy Graveyard

November 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Goaded by Doubt

September 9, 2013 | 1 comment

‘Grave Ambiguities’

May 5, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Our Father

February 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Getting Along

October 10, 2010 | 0 comments