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.
Did the events of 11 Sept 2001 change the future of interreligious relations? Michael Barnes offers an in-depth analysis of the place of religion in the public consciousness in the decade after 9/11.
How is religious plurality to be understood from a Catholic theological standpoint? This raises a raft of considerations, not least about the dark side of human religiosity, so apparent since 9/11.
This month marks 400 years since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, for which much admiration has been expressed in this, its anniversary year. But just how much has it contributed to Christian theology and the English language? Scripture scholar and translator, Nicholas King SJ describes the traditions and translations on which the King James Version drew, and clears up one or two misconceptions about the text
How has evolutionary thinking after Darwin affected the way in which we understand our human identity? Does evolutionary psychology provide us with any insights into the origins of religious belief?
Theologian James Hanvey SJ offers a powerful critique of our current social and economic climate as he explores the meaning and potential of the Big Society from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.
Friday 16 February: The compelling words of the prophet Isaiah in the first reading help us to identify a distortion of the virtue of asceticism.
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