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Augustinian Justice

From the November 2005 Print Edition

Christ and the Just Society in the Thought of Augustine by Robert Dodaro Cambridge University Press, 262 pages, $75 In the year 412 Augustine received from the pagan pro-consul of Africa a series of questions about the Incarnation and other Christian teachings. The topics arose out of regular . . . . Continue Reading »

The Language of Belief

From the April 2005 Print Edition

Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition by Eamon Duffy Continuum. 187 pp. $16.95 Faith of our Fathers is a spirited defense of Catholic ritual, discipline, and communal observance”of the ways in which the collective wisdom of Christian tradition is passed on from one . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church as Culture

From the April 2004 Print Edition

Last spring on a trip to Erfurt, the medieval university town in Germany famous for its Augustinian cloister in which Martin Luther was ordained to the priesthood, I learned that only twenty percent of its population professed adherence to Christianity. In fact, when the topic of religion came up . . . . Continue Reading »

Keeping the Commandments

From the November 2003 Print Edition

Given the contentiousness of public life in America today it was inevitable that the bulky stone monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments and placed in the rotunda of the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama would provoke controversy. When Judge Roy S. Moore commissioned Richard Hahnemann to . . . . Continue Reading »

Roots of Jihad

From the October 2003 Print Edition

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis Modern Library. 170 pp. $19.95 Among the papers left by Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot the Pope on May 13, 1981, was a letter containing this sentence: “I have decided to kill John Paul II, supreme commander of the . . . . Continue Reading »