Is it impolite to be on a first name basis with God?

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Article Scripture and Theology

I often teach men and women who return to college later in life to complete a degree. It is not unusual that some of them are older than I am, and I often invite them to use my given name, John. Very few take me up on the offer. When I ask why, they say it just doesn't seem right. "You're the professor," they insist.

Some of these same dynamics may have been at work in the Vatican this summer, when the Congregation for Divine Worship directed that the proper name of God, Yahweh, not be used in any manner during the liturgy.


Are the gospels historical?

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Article Scripture and Theology

People today tend to think that history is pretty much about facts. Though history is always interpreted, the aim of history is to uncover facts to paint a picture of the past as it more or less happened. So to ask if the gospels are historical is the same as asking, "Did things really happen that way?"


How did we get a creed?

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Article Scripture and Theology

Christianity has always emphasized faith as a person's life-defining response to Jesus Christ. Early Christians put their deepest convictions about God, creation, and salvation into set forms known as "creeds" that served as badges of identity.


Who do we think we are?

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
The church isn't always the loving Body of Christ we imagine ourselves to be. James Carroll nevertheless defends our faith in God, who saves us imperfect human beings from ourselves.

One of the best people I know volunteers in a church-sponsored soup kitchen in a big city. I visited him recently and was deeply moved to watch as he and other volunteers graciously and respectfully served their "guests," beleaguered men and women who otherwise are treated as social outcasts.


Will the real Jesus please stand up?: An interview with Daniel Harrington, S.J.

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Yes, the gospels present four different portraits of Jesus. That's the whole point.

Like many Catholics of their generation, Daniel Harrington's family wasn't made up of Bible readers. Harrington recalls two Protestants coming to his house when he was a child. "We'd like to discuss the Bible," they said, to which his mother replied, "We're Catholics. We don't read the Bible."


Will the real Jesus please stand up?: An interview with Daniel Harrington, S.J.

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Article Scripture and Theology
Yes, the gospels present four different portraits of Jesus. That's the whole point.

Like many Catholics of their generation, Daniel Harrington's family wasn't made up of Bible readers. Harrington recalls two Protestants coming to his house when he was a child. "We'd like to discuss the Bible," they said, to which his mother replied, "We're Catholics. We don't read the Bible."


It's a miracle!

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Article Faith and Science Prayer and Sacraments
Does your faith need divine intervention?

Msgr. Fred Easton is not exactly the first person who’d jump to mind when one thinks about miracles. Trained as a canon lawyer, the judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is by nature of his profession rational and methodical. He also came face-to-face a few years ago with the miracle of Phil McCord.


Listening to God's Word discussion questions

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Listening to God’s Word

By Alice Camille

Chapter One
Read, Explore, Discuss

Genesis 1: Divine goodness in creation
Exodus 37: Moses sees God’s beauty
Isaiah 55: An invitation to God’s presence
Psalms 19 and 119: God in creation and in law
Proverbs 9: Wisdom issues her call
John 1: The Word becomes flesh
Philippians 2:1-8: Adopting the mind of Christ
Galatians 5:22-23: Good fruits of the Spirit in us

In the Spirit of Responsive Listening


Dream on

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The election of an African American president has stirred excitement, but a leading black theologian says visions of a “postracial” America are premature and misguided.

At the root of her theology, says M. Shawn Copeland, is the pursuit of the question: What is the best, the most worthwhile way to live? While Christians understand that the reign of God is not an achievable result of human endeavors, we are called to make the world around us “our best hope this side of the reign of God.”


What's after life?

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U.S. Catholic readers think heaven’s doors open far wider than our reputation in pop culture would indicate.

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