Christian Lives is a collection of the personal testimonies of a group of Christians from around the world who have devoted themselves to the study of Islam and to the task of building good relations with Muslims. It is hard to think of a more fitting symbol than this book to capture the achievements of the first fifty years of the Church of the Second Vatican Council.
Colm Tóibín’s very short and fine novella presents a first person narrative by the mother of Jesus situated in the aftermath of the crucifixion: ‘memory fills my body as much as blood and bones’.
In the gospel for Saturday 16 November, Jesus asks, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ How should Catholic educators interpret this question?
The ‘three pillars’ on which Dermot Lane bases his new book on the theology of religions are the teaching of Vatican II, the role of the Holy Spirit as the foundation for dialogue and a Christology which sees Jesus not as an obstacle but an inspiration to engagement with the other.
How can there be a 'Catholic' bioethics? Bioethics is an uneasy marriage of sciences and humanities, combining biology, medicine, law, philosophy and sociology, and, from the first, theology, no longer the universally acknowledged queen of the sciences but still a persistent and perceptive voice.
James Martin says of Between Heaven and Mirth that it contains jokes but is not a book of jokes. That is a very important distinction, because the humour throughout its pages is serious insofar as it conveys meaning and, frequently, a moral. This book is not merely a lesson in the spirituality of joy, humour and laughter. It also contains valuable guidance for those whose lives are not particularly happy and joyful and for those who find themselves in a joyless environment.
How is religious plurality to be understood from a Catholic theological standpoint? This raises a raft of considerations, not least about the dark side of human religiosity, so apparent since 9/11.
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