Theology

Galileo, Science, and the Smirking Chimp

Not long ago, someone at a Web site called "The Smirking Chimp" saw an episode of my EWTN series "The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization" (based on my book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization) and took me to task for my comments about Galileo. According to the Chimpster, my argument was: "Galileo had [...]

Why I Nurse at the Mall… and at Mass

I'm a nursing mom and I'm not shy about it. Being the mother of two milk mongers, as well as someone who embraces ecological breastfeeding as a part of NFP, I have no problem feeding my children in public. I'm a lot like Sam-I-Am's friend: I'll nurse (discreetly) on a boat, with a goat (at [...]

Lessons Learned From A Catholic College’s Summer Bulletin

  It’s late spring here in New Hampshire. Birds are chirping, frogs are cheeping, and loons are warbling. Red Sox fans, insufferable in victory, are crawling out of hibernation. After the long, snowy winter, two other unmistakable signals herald the arrival of warmer weather: Motorcycles. Phalanxes of Harley-Davidsons, in fact, their baffled stock exhaust systems [...]

Theology of the Body in Pain

Someone else asked me, "Do you believe in anything?" I said to him, "I believe in Allah." So he said, "But I believe in torture and I will torture you." -- sworn statement of Amin Sa'id al-Sheikh  on his experiences in Abu Ghraib Elaine Scarry's 1987 study The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking [...]

Giving Thanks for Thanks

Why do we give thanks to God for his gifts? There's something redundant about it. He neither requires nor benefits from our thanks, any more than he does our praise. We don't thank God so that, like the dentist friend on Seinfeld who doled out hockey tickets only until Jerry stopped thanking him, he'll know [...]

A Theist Strikes Back: A Conversation with Dinesh D’Souza

Christianity is under attack -- in the media, in the academy, and in the culture. With his latest book, What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza meets this latest wave head on with his characteristic wit and erudition. Benjamin Wiker spoke with D'Souza about his debut role as a Christian apologist. ♦ ♦ ♦ Benjamin [...]

Building the Perfect Terrorist

  Every weekday morning, this nation enjoys a pretty consistent routine. We get up, prepare for work or school, and tune in to local networks for the morning weather, traffic, and news. What have also become routine are the gruesome headlines announcing the day's latest terrorist attack.   Given that these incidents show no signs [...]

Reconsidering Vatican II

In May 1964, in the middle of the Second Vatican Council, I published a book, The Open Church, an optimistic assessment of the changes in the Catholic Church that I believed the council would produce. I had written it in white-hot haste in my room at the Pensione Baldoni in Rome during a six-week period [...]

Whither Liberation Theology? A Historical Evaluation

What is liberation theology? Why has a relatively new theological current in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America become front page news in the world press? One reason for the attention liberation theology is receiving is the polarization of opinion, pro-and-con, as to its implications. For Cardinal Ratzinger, writing in a private memorandum published [...]

Theology of Liberation: Two Roman Documents

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published two documents on liberation theology, one in 1984, "Instruction on Certain Aspects of Liberation Theology" and another in 1986, "Christian Liberty and Liberation." The first concentrates on those aspects which appear insufficiently developed, in particular the Marxist conception of class struggle. The second is much [...]

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