Theology

The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

Remembering We're Not in Charge

When we try to be in charge of anything, including our spiritual life, we can narrow ourselves and limit what we might be given. We are part of something larger.

Last Word: The Last Leap

In the end, after all, the experience of a Christian death amounts to an act of trust, which is just another name for faith.

'I Want to Be a Sister'

Where do the desires that direct your life find their source? And how and when do they assert themselves through all unlikelihood and doubt?

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.

Letters | More on that '70s church

Continuing Cathy Kaveny's conversation about catechesis, one reader raises a challenge for the church.

Authoritative & Ignored

November 16, 1414, saw the opening at Constance of a general council of the Latin Church, an event of great and historic significance. Will we hear much about it?

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.

'A True Story?'

I sensed my children's souls but couldn’t offer them certainty about the divine. What I could offer was my willingness to say “I don’t know."

Strange Glory

A rich and detailed account of Bonhoeffer’s immensely eventful life—the personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey that ended in a Nazi concentration camp.

Jesus the Forgiving Victim

Alison is trying to administer a radical corrective to how the faith is often presented, and he backs it up with a sophistication that usually justify his excesses.
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Life After Faith

April 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Believe It or Not

April 18, 2015 | 9 comments