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Catholicism and the American Experience

Catholicism and the American Experience

Portsmouth Review

  • Author: James P. MacGuire
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442241403
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 196
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What does it mean to be Catholic in America? Catholicism and the American Experience highlights the proceedings of the fifth annual Portsmouth Institute conference on the unique elements of American Catholicism. This book features essays from Robert George, Peter Steinfels, George Weigel, E. J. Dionne, and many more.

Adam and Eve After the Pill

Adam and Eve After the Pill

Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution

  • Author: Mary Eberstadt
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681490315
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 175
  • View: 1933
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Secular and religious thinkers agree: the sexual revolution is one of the most important milestones in human history. Perhaps nothing has changed life for so many, so fast, as the severing of sex and procreation. But what has been the result? This ground-breaking book by noted essayist and author Mary Eberstadt contends that sexual freedom has paradoxically produced widespread discontent. Drawing on sociologists Pitirim Sorokin, Carle Zimmerman, and others; philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe and novelist Tom Wolfe; and a host of feminists, food writers, musicians, and other voices from across today's popular culture, Eberstadt makes her contrarian case with an impressive array of evidence. Her chapters range across academic disciplines and include supporting evidence from contemporary literature and music, women's studies, college memoirs, dietary guides, advertisements, television shows, and films. Adam and Eve after the Pill examines as no book has before the seismic social changes caused by the sexual revolution. In examining human behavior in the post-liberation world, Eberstadt provocatively asks: Is food the new sex? Is pornography the new tobacco? Adam and Eve after the Pill will change the way readers view the paradoxical impact of the sexual revolution on ideas, morals, and humanity itself.

Lessons in Hope

Lessons in Hope

My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

  • Author: George Weigel
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0465094309
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
  • View: 2162
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A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering. A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.

Our Church

Our Church

A Personal History of the Church of England

  • Author: Roger Scruton
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 1782395040
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 200
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For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead. It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian. In Our Church, Scruton argues that the Anglican Church is the forlorn trustee of an architectural and artistic inheritance that remains one of the treasures of European civilization. He contends that it is a still point in the center of English culture and that its defining texts, the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer are the sources from which much of our national identity derives. At once an elegy to a vanishing world and a clarion call to recognize Anglicanism's continuing relevance, Our Church is a graceful and persuasive book.

The End and the Beginning

The End and the Beginning

Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

  • Author: George Weigel
  • Publisher: Image
  • ISBN: 0385524803
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 590
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Weigel tells the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II's battle with communism, creating a landmark portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church and changed the course of world history.

Darling

Darling

A Spiritual Autobiography

  • Author: Richard Rodriguez
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 110163801X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
  • View: 5168
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An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11 Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality. Rodriguez’s stylish new memoir—the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist—moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women—their importance to Rodriguez’s spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions. Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguez’s could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry.

Evangelical Catholicism

Evangelical Catholicism

Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

  • Author: George Weigel
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0465038913
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 320
  • View: 2744
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The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand year history. As the curtain comes down on the Church defined by the 16th-century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholicism of the future will send all the people of the Church into mission territory every day—a territory increasingly defined in the West by spiritual boredom and aggressive secularism. Confronting both these cultural challenges and the shadows cast by recent Catholic history, Evangelical Catholicism unapologetically proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth of the world. It also molds disciples who witness to faith, hope, and love by the quality of their lives and the nobility of their aspirations. Thus the Catholicism of the 21st–century and beyond will be a culture-forming counterculture, offering all men and women of good will a deeply humane alternative to the soul-stifling self-absorption of postmodernity. Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life—from the episcopate and the papacy to the priesthood and the consecrated life; from the renewal of the lay vocation in the world to the redefinition of the Church's engagement with public life; from the liturgy to the Church's intellectual life. Lay Catholics and clergy alike should welcome the challenge of this unique moment in the Church's history, Weigel urges. Mediocrity is not an option, and all Catholics, no matter what their station in life, are called to live the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized: without compromise, but with the joy, courage, and confidence that comes from living this side of the Resurrection.

Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage

The Station Churches

  • Author: George Weigel
  • Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
  • ISBN: 0465027695
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 464
  • View: 4274
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The annual Lenten pilgrimage to dozens of Rome’s most striking churches is a sacred tradition dating back almost two millennia, to the earliest days of Christianity. Along this historic spiritual pathway, today’s pilgrims confront the mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings amplified by some of the greatest art and architecture of western civilization. In Roman Pilgrimage, bestselling theologian and papal biographer George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel lead readers through this unique religious and aesthetic journey with magnificent photographs and revealing commentaries on the pilgrimage’s liturgies, art, and architecture. Through reflections on each day’s readings about faith and doubt, heroism and weakness, self-examination and conversion, sin and grace, Rome’s familiar sites take on a new resonance. And along that same historical path, typically unexplored treasures—artifacts of ancient history and hidden artistic wonders—appear in their original luster, revealing new dimensions of one of the world’s most intriguing and multi-layered cities. A compelling guide to the Eternal City, the Lenten Season, and the itinerary of conversion that is Christian life throughout the year, Roman Pilgrimage reminds readers that the imitation of Christ through faith, hope, and love is the template of all true discipleship, as the exquisite beauty of the Roman station churches invites reflection on the deepest truths of Christianity.

A Glossary of Literary Terms

A Glossary of Literary Terms

  • Author: M.H. Abrams,Geoffrey Harpham
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1285974514
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 448
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First published over fifty years ago, A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS remains an essential text for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the eleventh edition contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging, beautifully crafted essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading. This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that students can continue to use throughout their academic and professional careers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Witness to Hope

Witness to Hope

The Biography of Pope John Paul II

  • Author: George Weigel
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN: 0061758647
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 1056
  • View: 9904
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The Definitive Biography of Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures -- some might argue the singular figure -- of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics -- and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger. The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial yet insufficiently explored role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. This updated edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more -- and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world.

Modernity and Its Discontents

Modernity and Its Discontents

  • Author: Steven B. Smith
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300198396
  • Category:
  • Page: 416
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Steven B. Smith examines the concept of modernity, not as the end product of historical developments but as a state of mind. He explores modernism as a source of both pride and anxiety, suggesting that its most distinctive characteristics are the self-criticisms and doubts that accompany social and political progress. Providing profiles of the modern project s most powerful defenders and critics from Machiavelli and Spinoza to Saul Bellow and Isaiah Berlin this provocative work of philosophy and political science offers a novel perspective on what it means to be modern and why discontent and sometimes radical rejection are its inevitable by-products."

Walking Papers: Poems

Walking Papers: Poems

  • Author: Thomas Lynch
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393042081
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 88
  • View: 5723
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A decade's worth of poems by one of our most reliable witnesses, National Book Award finalist Thomas Lynch. In his fourth collection of poems, Thomas Lynch attends to flora, fauna, and fellow pilgrims: dead poets and living masters, a former president and his factotums, a sin-eater and inseminator. Faux-bardic and mock-epic, deft at lament and lampoon, fete and feint, Lynch's poems are powerful medicines, tonics for the long haul and home-going. from "Walking Papers" You can think of it as punctuation and maybe take some comfort from that, friend— a question mark or exclamation point— no matter, we're all sentenced to an end, the movers and the shakers, bon vivants, all ne'er-do-wells and nincompoops, savants, sage and sluggard, deft and daft alike: everyone's given their walking papers.

Historical Essays & Studies

Historical Essays & Studies

  • Author: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Baron Acton
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 544
  • View: 5854
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Curiosities of literature

Curiosities of literature

  • Author: Isaac Disraeli
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English literature
  • Page: N.A
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Prague in Danger

Prague in Danger

The Years of German Occupation, 1939-45: Memories and History, Terror and Resistance, Theater and Jazz, Film and Poetry, Politics and War

  • Author: Peter Demetz
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780374531560
  • Category: History
  • Page: 274
  • View: 6028
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A follow-up to Prague in Black and Gold provides a compelling study of life in the Czech capital during the years of Nazi occupation, from 1939 to 1945, combining the author's personal recollections of the period with facts about the German takeover, the harsh conditions that existed, the growing underground opposition, everyday life, and the 1945 liberation of Bohemia. Reprint.

City of Saints

City of Saints

A Pilgrimage to John Paul II's Krakow

  • Author: George Weigel,Carrie Gress,Stephen Weigel
  • Publisher: Image
  • ISBN: 0553418904
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 317
  • View: 2669
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"In 1985, Pope John Paul II initiated World Youth Day, a worldwide encounter with the Pope for young people that draws millions across continents (3.7 million people attended the most recent WYD in Brazil in 2013). In 2016, the event will be held in Krak w, Poland, birthplace of its founder, newly canonized Saint Pope John Paul II. George Weigel, the preeminent biographer of John Paul II, now presents a spiritual travelogue that further illuminates the life and homeland of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time."

How to Write a Sentence

How to Write a Sentence

And How to Read One

  • Author: Stanley Fish
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062006851
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 176
  • View: 2820
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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.” —Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

The Practice of Reading

The Practice of Reading

  • Author: Denis Donoghue
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300082647
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 307
  • View: 625
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This lucid and elegantly written book is a sustained conversation about the nature and importance of literary interpretation. Distinguished critic Denis Donoghue argues that we must read texts closely and imaginatively, as opposed to merely or mistakenly theorizing about them. He shows what serious reading entails by discussing texts that range from Shakespeare's plays to a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Donoghue begins with a personal chapter about his own early experiences reading literature while he was living and teaching in Ireland. He then deals with issues of theory, focusing on the validity of different literary theories, on words and their performances, on the impingement of oral and written conditions of reading, and on such current forces as technology and computers that impinge on the very idea of reading. Finally he examines certain works of literature: Shakespeare's Othello and Macbeth, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, a passage from Wordsworth's The Prelude, a chapter of Joyce's Ulysses, Yeats's "Leda and the Swan" and "Coole and Ballylee, 1931," and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian demonstrating what these texts have in common and how they must be differentiated through a sympathetic, imaginative, and informed reading.

Comfort Found in Good Old Books

Comfort Found in Good Old Books

  • Author: George Hamlin Fitch
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Books and reading
  • Page: 171
  • View: 9595
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The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March

  • Author: Joseph Roth
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • ISBN: 1590208447
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
  • View: 8972
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"Incomparably Roth's greatest novel . . . the great poem of elegy to Habsburg Austria." —J. M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth's classic saga of the privileged von Trotta family, encompasses the entire social fabric of the Austro-Hungarian Empire just before World War I. The author's greatest achievement, The Radetzky March is an unparalleled portrait of a civilization in decline, and as such a universal story for our times.