Food for Thought
The editors of Xavier magazine receive copies of publications from other universities around the country. As a service to our readers, we compiled a list of articles on Catholicism, Christianity and religion published in those magazines that we thought might be of interest. —Editor
- What does it take to become a priest? Marquette magazine trails three novices on their “path to priesthood” in the fall 2007 issue.
- What’s the pope really like? John O’Brien, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, writes on Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “the man who became Benedict” in the fall issue of Notre Dame magazine.
- Seattle Pacific University offers a survey on the world’s religious landscape in its fall 2007 issue.
- Are we biblically illiterate? That's one of a series of stories that examine the Bible in the spring 2007 issue of Seattle Pacific University's magazine.
- In an effort to meet the flock where it’s at, dioceses in approximately 44 states now offer a Theology-on-Tap series where they take the message and fellowship into bars. The idea is discussed over a pint of ale in the January 2007 issue of the St. Anthony Messenger.
- Everyone faces the questions and struggles of death—of loved ones and, eventually, their own. How do meet this with faith, hope and love? Juan de Polanco, S.J., a 16th century Jesuit and personal secretary and executive assistant to Ignatius of Loyola, set out to answer that question, which is revisited in a story in the winter 2006 issue of Santa Clara Magazine.
- The struggle between religion and politics has grown increasingly tense in recent years. Can the two coexist? Bette Novit Evans, a professor of political science at a Catholic institution, examines the question in the Winter 2006 issue of Creighton magazine. (pdf)
- What challenges do Catholic universities face in teaching today? What should a Catholic university’s role be in teaching doctrines of the Church? Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., addresses the issues in an article in the winter 2006 issue of Boston College Magazine.
- What is the Church’s stance on war and peace? Todd Whitmore, a theology faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, addresses the issue in the winter 2006 issue of Boston College Magazine.
- The Da Vinci Code garnered a lot of attention, but did it accurately portray one of its main characters—Mary Magdalene? Susan Calef, an assistant professor of theology at Creighton University, takes a look at the accuracy of her portrayal in the summer 2006 issue of Creighton magazine. (pdf)
- Three roommates at the University of Paris began their studies hoping to change their own intellectual and spiritual horizons. They ended up changing the world. Santa Clara Magazine explores the history of Francis Xavier, Peter Faber and Ignatius of Loyola.
- Is God a scientist? George Coyne, S.J., the director of the Vatican Observatory and adjuncy professor at the University of Arizona, examined the idea in the summer 2006 issue of Company magazine. (pdf)
- Are you a mystic? Possibly. Lawrence Cunningham, a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, delves into the misunderstanding of the word and explains its meaning from the Christian perspective in an article in the summer 2006 issue of Notre Dame magazine.
- Who is the greatest Catholic poet of our time? An article in the spring 2006 issue of Portland magazine offers an answer that may surprise you: Bruce Springsteen.
- How do Catholic universities balance academic freedom and Catholic values? The University of Notre Dame recently struggled with that issue. An article in the spring 2006 issue of Notre Dame Magazine addresses the challenge.
- Where do Catholics fit into the American political realm? The subject was debated by a panel of political heavyweights at Boston College in February 2006. Boston College Magazine reported on the debate in its spring 2006 issue.
- The Da Vinci Code makes some rather unusual claims about Jesus. Who was he really? Daniel Harrington, S.J., a longtime professor of New Testament theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and editor of New Testament Abstracts, takes a look at Jesus from an historical position in the June 2006 issue of the St. Anthony Messenger, with numerous links, including to Catholic News Service articles about The Da Vinci Code.
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