The godless delusion
Don’t listen to those New Atheists, says this Vatican astronomer. You shouldn’t have to choose between science and faith.
There is no particular person author Ann Patchett has looked to for inspiration. Instead, she credits her Catholic faith for teaching her a boundless capacity for creativity and appreciation for metaphor. Patchett has harnessed that power to her audience: She is the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize (2002) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Bel Canto, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States and has been translated into 30 languages.
Caught on the blogosphere
A U.S. Catholic baker's dozen
Got an opinion, get a blog seems to be the current internet ethos, but the great thing about most blogs is that the opinionating isn't limited to the blog hosts, visitors get to sound off, too. Just like every other area of interest, from cooking to sports commentary, Catholics have evolved their own blog realm where they can focus on the latest news of most interest to Catholics or share their personal stories of faith, family, or community.
Our fall book harvest
The Dark Knight
Directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers, 2008)
The truth understood by every 14-year-old comic book fan is that we love superheroes not because they are “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but because these steel-bodied crusaders can beat the living daylights out of the most satanic boogeymen.
The Geography of Light
Back when I used to sort my CDs into categories (back when I still bought CDs), one section was devoted to inspirational female artists whose lyrics spoke to my life’s experiences. Too bad I didn’t know about Carrie Newcomer back then. She would have fit in perfectly with the Indigo Girls, Alanis Morissette, and Dar Williams.
Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
The pivotal moment in Ron Hansen's Exiles comes almost exactly midway through the 225-page book.
A fellow Jesuit seminarian scans a poem that Gerard Manley Hopkins is writing about the 1875 shipwreck of the German passenger ship the Deutschland and expresses befuddlement at its odd rhymes and rhythms. Yes, Hopkins says, those are so odd that poetry magazines will never publish the work.
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