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Strange Rites:New Religions for a Godless Worldtara isabella burton publicaffairs books, $28 What follows traditional religion’s decline in America is not atheism, but intuitional paganism. Traditional Abrahamic religions focus on the transcendental and eternal, but the anti-institutional . . . . Continue Reading »

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A Time to Die:Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Lifeby nicolas diat ignatius, 174 pages, $17.95 Nicolas Diat is a French journalist most famous for his interviews with Cardinal Robert Sarah. In this book, he visits flourishing monasteries in France to talk with monks about death. A Time to Die, . . . . Continue Reading »

Children's Books and the Christian Story

It is one thing to talk about the Resurrection. It is quite another to see the Easter fire struck in the night, the candle lit, the light of Christ filling the tomblike darkness of the waiting church. As a Catholic, I live and relive that liturgy every year; every year it astonishes me as no amount . . . . Continue Reading »

Cheever's God

Readers of John Cheever’s stories, most of which appeared in the New Yorker before being collected in a Pulitzer-winning book in 1978, regarded the author as “the Ovid of ­Ossining,” the artist who showed the riches and wonders of suburban life. Alert to the transcendent in the . . . . Continue Reading »

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