On Praying with Beads: A Q&A with Author Kristen Vincent

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“In the early church Christians used pebbles and stones to help them “pray without ceasing.” That practice evolved into using knotted rope, and later, strings of beads, which is how the rosary came into being. That happened long before there were “Catholics” and “Protestants.” Had we lived back in the Middle Ages we would have [Read More...]

Why God Created the World: A Q&A with Ben Stevens

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This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new book by Ben Stevens, Why God Created the World, a remarkable new adaptation bringing Jonathan Edwards’ powerful arguments to life in fresh, contemporary language. Stevens shared some thoughts about the book with us here. What got you interested in this topic? I stumbled onto it while [Read More...]

The Problem of Gendercide: A Q&A with Elizabeth Gerhardt

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In her new book, The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls, theology and social ethics professor Elizabeth Gerhardt makes a case that violence and sexual assault against women is heresy. In her groundbreaking study, Gerhardt proposes a holistic theology of the cross as the basis for a prophetic response by the [Read More...]

Where the Wind Leads: A Q&A with Vinh Chung

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As you can see in my family, the actions we take in this world can impact generations and perhaps an eternity. [Read more...]

My Friends, the Saints: A Q&A with Elizabeth Ficocelli

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“Once I began to read about the saints, I was greatly surprised to discover how real and human they were. They were not perfect people, and they were poignantly aware of that. But each one of the saints had a deep desire to enter into an intimate relationship with God and purge themselves of their [Read More...]

Richard Cole on Becoming Catholic, Finally

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After a lifetime of spiritual searching, Richard Cole found what he was looking for in the most surprising of places — a small, unassuming monastery in southern Texas. Cole’s wife had given him a three-day retreat at the Benedictine monastery for his 49th-birthday, and Cole went, thinking it would be a nice few days of [Read More...]

Sharing a Common Faith: Reflections on Saffron Cross and Interfaith Marriage

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My endorsement of Rev. Dana Trent’s wonderful new book, Saffron Cross, appears on the book’s back cover, so I’m not going to praise the book or encourage you to read it other than to say this is a great book and you should read it. Nor am I going to critique the book, because there [Read More...]


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