An Anniversary

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In 1961, Richard John Neuhaus was installed as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. Several days later he wrote me. “Installed Misericordias Domini”much pomp, ceremony, and incense.” It was the last word I heard from him for almost six months. It was as though he had been swallowed up by the city and his new congregation. For Fr. Richard as well as for the people of St. John’s the day of installation was a glorious occasion… . Continue Reading »

Minarets in Switzerland and Crucifixes in Italy

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Two stories were front-page news last week, the President’s speech on Afghanistan and the spectacle of Tiger Woods smashing his Cadillac Escalade into his neighbor’s tree at 2:30 a.m. But two other items caught my attention, the one from Italy and the other from Switzerland… . Continue Reading »

Douthat Flirting With Dhimmitude?
David P. Goldman

Sad that the dumbest thing I’ve read in the New York Times for years came from the blog of Ross Douthat, the Catholic conservative voice at the Gray Lady… . Continue Reading »

Evening Prayer

From the April 2009 Print Edition

The Richard I knew and loved was a man of prayer and of liturgy. He knew that the greatest gift we could offer to God was not our words, not our ideas, not our projects, but a heart ablaze with the fire of love. “Honor and glory belong to God alone,” said St. Bernard, “but God will . . . . Continue Reading »

Preserving the Law

From the March 2009 Print Edition

Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism by Paula Fredriksen Doubleday, 512 pages, $35 At the time of the Second Crusade, Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “It is good to go against the Ishmaelites [Muslims]. But whoever touches a Jew to take his life is like one who harms . . . . Continue Reading »

Ad Orientem

From the Aug/Sept 2008 Print Edition

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin Princeton University Press, 440 pages, $29.95 In Handel’s opera Tamerlano , the principal characters are Tamerlane; the brutal Mongol chieftain Bajazet; an Ottoman Sultan and his daughter Asteria; and Andronico, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Jews as the Romans Saw Them

From the May 2008 Print Edition

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient ­Civilizations by Martin Goodman Knopf, 624 pages, $35 When I first saw the title of this book, I thought of Tertullian’s famous question: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? But Goodman did not have Tertullian in mind when he chose his title. . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Read the Bible

From the March 2008 Print Edition

Allegory fell on hard times in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although the charm of beloved works of English literature such as Spenser’s Faerie Queene and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress lies in the imaginative use of allegory, biblical scholars banished the term from their . . . . Continue Reading »

Confessing Mysticism

From the November 2006 Print Edition

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine: Rereading the Confessions by John Peter Kenney Routledge, 160 pages, $115. FOR MANY, AUGUSTINE’S City of God seems a more difficult book than the Confessions . It is very long, and its architectonic structure demands that one hold in mind ideas from earlier . . . . Continue Reading »