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Domesticating the Divinity

Some biblical scholars consider the Book of Deuteronomy to be a collection of sermons: catechetical homilies on the great theme of the Exodus and the fulfillment of that epic adventure

It’s a Culture War, Stupid

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,”

Awkward? Or Wise?

Asked to name books that gave me the greatest intellectual jolt in recent decades, I’d quickly cite two. N. T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press) accepts every

The Summer Reading List

I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists

It’s Howdy Doody Time!

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always

Way Beyond the New Atheist Nonsense

Given the intellectual flimsiness of their work, it’s best to look for cultural causes to explain the popularity of the “New Atheists.” And surely one factor is the now-canonical notion

Health Care Needs a Soul

The following is the prepared text of EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel’s commencement address at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, delivered on May 22,

The Fifty-Day Party

If you can find it in your attic, open your old, pre–Vatican II missal, and look at the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost, which are titled “Sundays after Easter.” Now

The Power of the Cross

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)—a theologian who came to prominence in the Victorian Age—can help us check the Church’s spiritual pulse in the post-modern twenty-first century, thanks to his prescient

On “Owning” the Church

The question of “who owns the Church” has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the nineteenth century, “lay

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