Authenticism Rising?

From First Thoughts

Are there any signs of hope in contemporary artistic expression? Anthony Domestico thinks so, and his recent post at dotCommonweal dissecting some trends in what might be called sub-popular (or “popular indie”) music points out a few examples which should force the curmudgeons to think . . . . Continue Reading »

The End of Polish Exceptionalism

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Poland held parliamentary elections this past weekend, but the biggest story was not the re-election of the incumbent centrist government (a first for the country since the fall of communism). Rather, it was the come-from-nowhere third place finish of Janusz Palikot’s party, a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Legacy of Cardinal Dulles

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Readers may want to put on their radar a volume (really an extended bibliography) that attempts to catalogue the complete written works of Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ. Titled The Legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: His Words and His Witness , the compendium has recently been released by Fordham . . . . Continue Reading »

Separation of Church and Park

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More conflict over expressions of faith in the (literal) public square, this time from a less-expected angle: a Jewish group’s recent plans to erect a sukkah in a public park in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan has generated opposition from the local community board. The traditional . . . . Continue Reading »