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What Price Reform?

From the June/July 2000 Print Edition

The Reform of the Papacy: Costly Call to Christian Unity by John R. Quinn Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 189 pages, $19.95 In his 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint , Pope John Paul II invited suggestions from Christians not in union with Rome regarding ways of exercising the papal office that might . . . . Continue Reading »

Witness to the Witness

From the November 1999 Print Edition

Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel HarperCollins/Cliff Books, 992 pages, $36 The life of John Paul II invites superlatives, and George Weigel is not unwilling to employ them. This pope, he asserts, is “the most compelling public figure in the world, the man . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelical and Catholic

From the January 1999 Print Edition

Mother Church: Ecclesiology and Ecumenism by Carl E. Braaten Fortress, 164 pages, $16 Carl Braaten, long a respected voice in American Lutheranism, here offers a welcome distillation of a half century of theological study and reflection. By means of this brief but wide-ranging book we can renew our . . . . Continue Reading »

Problems of Ecclesiology

From the November 1998 Print Edition

After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf Eerdmans, 314 pages, $28 Miroslav Volf, a Croatian Protestant, is a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. The present book, translated from the German original, is an outgrowth of his Habilitationsschrift , directed by . . . . Continue Reading »

The Ways We Worship

From the March 1998 Print Edition

One weekend in that tumultuous year 1968 I was on call at a parish church outside of Baltimore. At the end of my Sunday Mass I came into the body of the church to make my thanksgiving, and as I knelt in the pew I noticed that the pulpit from which I had preached had on its front a banner with the . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelizing Theology

From the March 1996 Print Edition

It might seem paradoxical, to say the least, to describe the Catholic Church as “evangelical”—a term that is commonly taken to be practically synonymous with “Protestant” or with a particular kind of Protestant. In Germany the word evangelisch rather than protestantisch is the preferred . . . . Continue Reading »