Archives for October 2012

Tolkien, Interdependence and the Sacred Ordinary

Devin Brown’s The Christian World of the Hobbit traces the Christian roots of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a lifelong Christian and his faith influenced his academic life and writing.  But, Tolkien’s work transcends Christianity insofar as divine revelation cannot be contained by any one religious tradition.  Brown asserts that [Read More…]

The History of New Thought: A Q&A with John S. Haller, Jr.

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book The History of New Thought: From Mind Cure to Positive Thinking and the Prosperity Gospel, by scholar John S. Haller, Jr. This excellent overview of the New Thought movement and its far-reaching influences on the American religious landscape is the first such objective exploration [Read More…]

The Christian World of The Hobbit: A Q&A with Author Devin Brown

On this 75th anniversary of the beloved tale The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, we’re delighted to be featuring a new book in our Book Club by internationally regarded Tolkien scholar Devin Brown, The Christian World of The Hobbit. Brown’s book is the first in-depth look at Tolkien’s timeless fantasy story and its deep roots stemming from his faith. We [Read More…]

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: A Q&A with Sarah Reinhard

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy, by author and blogger Sarah Reinhard. We caught up with Reinhard this week, in between her son’s birthday party, helping with homework, and tucking her kids into bed, to ask her a few questions about why she [Read More…]

My Journal of the Council: Public Debates and Private Conflicts

By J. Peter Nixon Book Review: My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar, OP (Liturgical Press) At a recent Mass marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Pope Benedict gave a homily that returned to a major theme of his pontificate: the need to interpret the Council in continuity with the Church’s doctrinal tradition. “The [Read More…]

A Remarkable Inside History of Vatican II

By Sr. Judith Miryam Boneski, O.P. Dominican Nuns, Summit, NJ My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar, OP.  Translated from the French by Mary John Ronayne, OP, and Mary Cecily Boulding, OP. Edited by Denis Minns, OP. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012. 979 pp. “I am keeping this little journal as a witness (455),” [Read More…]

Core and Care: Reflecting on the Faith of Johnny Appleseed

Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead asserted that doctrinally speaking, a religion is “a set of general truths which have the effect of transforming character when they are sincerely held and vividly apprehended. In the long run your character and your conduct of life depend on your intimate convictions.” (Religion in the Making, 15) Experience is essential [Read More…]