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Bellarmine at 400

The 400th anniversary of the death of Robert Bellarmine invites a look back at this fascinating figure of the Catholic Reformation, engaged as he was with issues newly relevant today: the relationship of faith and science and of ecclesial and temporal power. Continue Reading »

Dreams of Heaven

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death by john gray farrar, straus and giroux, 288 pages, $24 Few historians of culture would think to suggest a similarity between the death throes of Victorian England and the first decades of Soviet totalitarianism—but . . . . Continue Reading »

Daniel Dennett Hunts the Snark

In the second section—or “fit”—of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the Bellman lectures the crew of his ship on the peculiar traits of the creature they have just crossed an ocean to find. There are, he tells his men, “five unmistakable marks” by which genuine Snarks . . . . Continue Reading »

Making the Wager

God: The Evidence. The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World By Patrick Glynn Prima. 224 pp. $22 In 1987 a famous political leader gave this diagnosis of the ills of his society: “Interest in the common good has slackened, callousness and skepticism now dominate the political . . . . Continue Reading »

Bible, Creed, and Science

Bible and Science By Stanley L. Jaki Christendom Press, 222 pages, $9.95 In this book Father Jaki discusses with much learning, insight, and wisdom the complex relationship between biblical religion and science. In the first chapters he gives an illuminating analysis of the Bible’s view of the . . . . Continue Reading »

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