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Romantic Religion

From the June/July 2014 Print Edition

Before religious philosopher Louis Dupré began his long tenure at Yale, he wrote on Marx. Then came his religious phenomenology and study of mysticism. More recently, he has worked on a long survey of Western religious thought. Behind this varied scholarly output is the haunting concern of how . . . . Continue Reading »

Anglicanism on Its Knees

From the May 2014 Print Edition

The Anglican Communion has nearly eighty-five million members spread around the globe. Until the mid-twentieth century, these were concentrated among the Anglo-American immigrant churches associated with the British Empire. But by the 1960s, this concentration began a dramatic shift towards Africa . . . . Continue Reading »

Primacy of Witness

From the Aug/Sept 2013 Print Edition

The greatest cultural”and ecclesial”challenge we have to confront is the loss of a palpable sense that God’s life makes all the difference in the world to our social and political decisions. Many things have made this witness more and more difficult in our era, and they touch the wider world . . . . Continue Reading »

From the May First Things: “Unmythical Martyrs”

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The tedium of repeated déj vu in this sad little volume did at least send me back to Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. It is as if a publisher came to Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame, with a proposal for a quick buck, relying on the political twitter of the times: “You’re an expert: Reframe Gibbon’s notorious chapter on the Romans and the Christians with some contemporary scholarship and cultural fillips, and we can put out a nifty pamphlet that’ll sell.” … Continue Reading »

Unmythical Martyrs

From the May 2013 Print Edition

The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom by candida moss HarperOne, 320 pages, $25.99 The tedium of repeated déjà vu in this sad little volume did at least send me back to Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. It is as if a publisher came to Candida Moss, a professor of . . . . Continue Reading »

Fathers Abraham

From the March 2013 Print Edition

Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Jon D. Levenson Princeton, 288 pages, $29.95 In the wake of the religiously colored violence of 9/11 and the anxieties it spawned, numerous efforts in the West were made to engage Muslims in common discussions . . . . Continue Reading »

Quietist Controversy

From the October 2012 Print Edition

François Fénelon: A Biography”the Apostle of Pure Love? by Peter Gorday Paraclete, 258 pages, $24.99 As is usual in religious struggles, François Fénelon lost the battle in the early-modern debate over mystical prayer but is winning (for now) the war. Censured by the pope . . . . Continue Reading »

Margaret O’Gara, RIP

From First Thoughts

Professor Margaret O’Gara, a prominent Catholic ecumenical theologian, died on August 16 in Toronto at the age of 65. Prof. O’Gara spent her entire career as part of the Theology Faculty of  the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, at the University of . . . . Continue Reading »