Flannery O’Connor Summer Reading Club

I’m just finding out about this now? Of course, I’d never have discovered it if not for Brandywine Books. Thank you guys! My biography of Flannery O’Connor–The Terrible Speed of Mercy–will be released later this summer, so why don’t we read through some of her stories? Each Monday from now through the end of August [Read More...]

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True Freedom

Today Cardinal Timothy Dolan has released a small book called True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty It’s easy to take religious freedom for granted. It’s enshrined in our Constitution and praised by the Church, and most of us have grown up without questioning it. However when this liberty is threatened, when it’s not [Read More...]

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Moving a Blog from the Atheist to Catholic Category at Patheos

Leah Libresco has blogged to good effect at the atheist channel at Patheos. Or so I’m told. I don’t surf the channels much, being more interested in Catholics, the book club, and the movie club. My friend pressed me to stop beating up on other people’s explanations and offer one of my own. “I don’t [Read More...]

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They were attacking reason

This link is bookish related in that it is an interview with an author.  The author in this case is SF writer  John C. Wright. The interview was done for a Spanish site, but is available in English.  It starts off covering his conversion story from Atheism to first Protestantism and then later to the [Read More...]

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Just Discovered: Unholy Night

Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith May God have mercy on me … I am dying to read this book! …the so-called “Three Wise Men” are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod’s prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs [Read More...]

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The Books of Summer: Polaris by Jack McDevitt

Polaris by Jack McDevitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having really enjoyed McDevitt’s Engines of God and read Orson Scott Card’s review of the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath mystery/archeological-treasure-hunt series I turned to the library to see what was around. I was happy to see that they had number 2 in the series and so [Read More...]

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USCCB’s online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Providing the Catechism in this particular electronic format will make this foundational resource even more accessible to people,” explained Bishop John Wester, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee. “It is free to anyone who has access to the Internet.” Available through any Internet browser, the Catechism file displays and functions as an e-book. Users can [Read More...]

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Good Story #36: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Scott learns that Texas is it’s own direction. Julie changes her opinion about Robert E. Lee. Neither of them are certain where in the timeline to find Lincoln’s vampire slaying. Our discussion of this Pulitzer Prize winning book about the Civil War at Gettysburg is episode 36 at A Good Story is Hard to Find [Read More...]

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100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura

The prolific Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has a new book out 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura which was published by Catholic Answers. Now there is a certain irony in taking apart Sola Scriptura via the scriptures but you have to stay within a certain framework when dialoging with others. Jesus when talking to the Sadducees only [Read More...]

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The Books of Summer: Weightless by Kate Wicker

Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body by Kate Wicker This book is for every American woman who has body issues. (Shall we all raise our hands in unison?) In many ways, I came to terms with body image some time ago. However, no one is immune and every so often I will find myself beating [Read More...]

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