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Our Lady of Wheaton

From the October 2013 Print Edition

Mary, it seems, is a hot Evangelical topic. As a new professor at Wheaton College, I proposed a course focusing on the Virgin Mary and braced for resistance, but intrigued approval was all that came my way. Nor was I alone. I learned that another course on the Virgin was being offered in a . . . . Continue Reading »

Coincidence? (Part 2)

From First Thoughts

[caption id=”attachment_60786” align=”alignnone” width=”510”] Patriarch Athenagoras & Pope Paul VI (1965) / Patriarch Bartholomew & Pope Francis (2013)[/caption] As if Part 1 wasn’t impressive enough. . . . . Continue Reading »

Release the Doves!

From First Thoughts

“I was glad to have hit the first home run in this park. God only knows who will hit the last,” said Babe Ruth of the old Yankee stadium.  Technically that was José Molina, but I like to think it was Benedict XVI.  While we’re all swapping tales, I saw him in that . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Orthodox Together

From First Thoughts

While we’re making parallels between evangelicals and Catholics , why not do the same for evangelical and Orthodox thought (as represented in First Things )? Here is David Hart on the God helmet (which only subscribers will have had the pleasure of reading). Now, in fact, there really would . . . . Continue Reading »

Eucharistic Architecture

From First Thoughts

Many know that when his native France fell to the Nazis, Catholic philosopher and art theorist Jacques Maritain moved to Princeton.  What is less known is the impact he had there.  Conversations with Maritain seem to have re-invigorated the dormant faith of the unjustly neglected . . . . Continue Reading »

The Late Middle Ages Rightly Blamed

From First Thoughts

The current First Things unfurls Ephraim Radner’s hard-hitting critique of Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation , titled The Reformation Wrongly Blamed (subscription required).  A different Protestant response to Gregory’s book comes by way of the evangelical historian . . . . Continue Reading »