What is theology?

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Article Scripture and Theology

In the 11th century, St. Anselm of Canterbury described theology as fides quaerens intellectum, “faith seeking understanding.” A monk who eventually served as archbishop of Canterbury, he reminds us that our thinking skills are a gift of the Creator; there is no reason to neglect them in matters of faith.


What is theology?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

In the 11th century, St. Anselm of Canterbury described theology as fides quaerens intellectum, “faith seeking understanding.” A monk who eventually served as archbishop of Canterbury, he reminds us that our thinking skills are a gift of the Creator; there is no reason to neglect them in matters of faith.


Glad you asked: Is it a sin to drive an SUV?

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Article Environment
Gas-guzzlers aren't generally chic in Catholic circles. These days many of us are wondering whether we can drive one with a clear conscience. But is it a sin?

Simply defined, to sin is to say "no" to God. It is a rejection of God's free gifts as well as the grace-filled relationship that God always offers. It is to choose what is not good while exercising one's mature free will. Often it is as simple as choosing what is easy or what is the societal norm without using the eyes of faith.


Sketch by Andre Chappaz of then-Father Ratzinger from 1973 story in U.S. Catholic

Ratzinger on the record

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Article Scripture and Theology

This is an article that appeared in the October 1973 issue of U.S. Catholic. We are publishing it as part of our 75th anniversary celebration.

Lost in the Shouting: The Meaning of Vatican II
By Desmond O'Grady

At the time of the second Vatican Council, it was said the bishops were learning their two R's: Rahner and Ratzinger.


Sketch by Andre Chappaz of then-Father Ratzinger from 1973 story in U.S. Catholic

Ratzinger on the record

Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

This is an article that appeared in the October 1973 issue of U.S. Catholic. We are publishing it as part of our 75th anniversary celebration.

Lost in the Shouting: The Meaning of Vatican II
By Desmond O'Grady

At the time of the second Vatican Council, it was said the bishops were learning their two R's: Rahner and Ratzinger.


Five questions with Karen Armstrong

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue

Watch our "5 questions" interview with religious scholar Karen Armstrong in which she share a piece of her personal faith journey.

For more from Armstrong about the study of religion, atheism, science, and history, read our complete interview with her, How not to talk about God.


Certifiably Catholic

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Article Scripture and Theology
Our place in the church isn't determined by politics or policy.

If there's one lesson Americans can take from the last 12 months of our political life, it's that something called "bipartisanship" is long dead and buried. If the recent national debate on health care is an indication, anyone "reaching across the aisle" is most likely trying to punch the person in the opposite chair.


Did God cause the earthquake in Haiti?

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Article Scripture and Theology

When horrible things happen in the world, it's natural to seek an explanation. Explanations offer a sense of control and meaning in situations that seem devoid of both. The devastation in Haiti caused by the January earthquake has left many asking, "Why did this happen?" Answering that question can be confusing and difficult when we consider our faith in an all-loving and all-powerful God.


Did God cause the earthquake in Haiti?

By Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When horrible things happen in the world, it's natural to seek an explanation. Explanations offer a sense of control and meaning in situations that seem devoid of both. The devastation in Haiti caused by the January earthquake has left many asking, "Why did this happen?" Answering that question can be confusing and difficult when we consider our faith in an all-loving and all-powerful God.


When bishops brawled: An interview with Philip Jenkins

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Article Scripture and Theology
Have you ever had a fist fight about the natures of Christ? If you have, you would fit right in among ancient Christians, says this church historian.

Christians today may take it on faith that Jesus has both human and divine natures, but any church historian will tell you that in the early church the question sparked a wild and even deadly debate that lasted for centuries, centering on three church councils in the mid-400s.


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