An afternoon in conversation with retired Episcopalian Bishop Richard Holloway left his audience at the 2012 LSE Literary Festival feeling encouraged by and grateful for his honesty. Gerard Hughes SJ describes an engaging discussion that touched on some of the more controversial aspects of belief and Church affairs, and suggests a way in which such topics might be further explored by people of faith this summer.
30 May: The mystagogical question that Jesus asks the sons of Zebedee is important: 'Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?' (Mark 10:38)
The ‘three pillars’ on which Dermot Lane bases his new book on the theology of religions are the teaching of Vatican II, the role of the Holy Spirit as the foundation for dialogue and a Christology which sees Jesus not as an obstacle but an inspiration to engagement with the other.
Introducing the ‘Seven Deadly Sins on Film’, Nicholas Austin SJ looks at the powerful thriller Seven and asks what accounts for the perennial attraction of the seven deadly sins.
Joe Egerton argues that by reflecting on what we understand by Aquinas being a saint, we may better appreciate how much he has to offer us in solving today's problems.
Belief in the Second Coming of Christ is often radicalised and even distorted in popular discourse, and as such may not be a strong tenet of faith for many Catholics. Sr Cathy Jones asks if there is a place for belief in 'the rapture' in the Catholic consciousness.
Michael Barnes SJ describes the way in which Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Assisi, in the footsteps of his predecessor, highlighted a continuity between the papacies of Benedict and John Paul II.
Are we separated from the dead? If so how, and what do our prayers for them mean? John McDade answers these questions by exploring further the doctrine of Purgatory – how are we given life in death through achieving complete attentiveness to God?
The sight of crowds of people dressed up as ghosts, demons and monsters for Halloween is familiar, but what is the real tradition of All Hallows’ Eve and how has the Christian vision behind it been distorted? John McDade reclaims the truth about our death in Christ that informs our doctrine and our imagination.
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