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Books for Christmas

The most intellectually exciting book I read this past year was Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Eerdmans). Unfolding his research like a detective story

The Abuse Plague in Universal

A startling sexual abuse scandal recently broke out in Great Britain. The villain was the late Sir Jimmy Savile, a celebrated (if talent-free) BBC disc jockey and children’s TV-show host

Critter Prayers and Transhumanism

Poised as ever on the cutting edge of the politically correct and theologically dubious, the Episcopal Church-U.S.A. will soon consider adopting a Burial Service for Beloved Animals, in which the

Biblical Illiteracy and Bible Babel

One of the disappointments of the post-Vatican II period has been the glacial pace of the growth in Catholic biblical literacy the Council hoped to inspire. Why the slow-down? Several

Easter Changes Everything

Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,

Seekers or Finders?

On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, I heard a sermon – a rather well-delivered one at that – about the Magi as religious “seekers.” The same note, I’ll wager, was

Christmas, the Infinite, and the Finite

The title of Father Edward Oakes’ new book, Infinity Dwindled to Infancy, nicely captures the imaginative challenge posed by Christmas: the mystery of the infinite God become finite man. In

Books for Christmas

If memory serves, this past year saw electronic books top printed books in the sales figures at Amazon.com. Be that as it may, books — real books — still make

The Gentlemanly Art of the Insult

One of the (many) signs of our cultural decline is that verbal insults, these days, are almost invariably scatological or sexual, provoking a blizzard of asterisks whenever A wants to

More Cracks in the Golden Dome

In 2001, the University of Notre Dame hired George O’Leary as its football coach: a position regarded by some alums, boosters, and board members as only slightly less significant than

Aquinas and Horses

Lander, Wyoming, is not an easy place to get to. I got there in February by flying from Washington to Denver and then sitting around the Denver airport for hours,

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