Book Review

BRINGING YOUNG ADULTS BACK TO CHURCH

Catalyst October 2014, Book Review

RICK HINSHAW Naomi Schaefer Riley, Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2014) Naomi Schaefer Riley, in her weekly columns in the New York Post as well as in several books she has authored, has emerged as an insightful commentator on a range of cultural issues impacting... [Read more...]

MICHAEL NOVAK’S REMARKABLE LIFE JOURNEY

Catalyst April Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Michael Novak, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (New York: Image, 2013) “It is not those who cry, ‘the poor, the poor’ who will enter the Kingdom, but those who truly help the poor.” More than 20 years ago, that paraphrase of Scripture from the distinguished theologian, philosopher... [Read more...]

The Future Church: Explaining Our Beliefs

Catalyst March Issue 2014, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Michael Coren, The Future of Catholicism, (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart, 2013) “The future Church must explain why it thinks what it thinks.” In that one sentence Michael Coren encapsulates, in my view, both the essence and the great challenge for the Church and for all Catholics in our mission to teach and evangelize... [Read more...]

THE HOW AND WHY OF ROE’S RADICAL MANDATE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2014, Book Review

RICK HINSHAW Clarke D. Forsythe, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (New York: Encounter Books, 2013) With his extensive background in law, Clarke Forsythe, senior counsel at Americans United for Life, seems the ideal author for a detailed overview of Roe v. Wade. In Abuse of Discretion, he does not disappoint, providing a comprehensive... [Read more...]

A JOURNEY OF CONTINUING CONVERSION

Catalyst December Issue 2013, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw George Weigel, Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches, with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel (New York: Basic Books, 2013) When I read Witness to Hope, George Weigel’s seminal biography on Pope John Paul II, I found I could only absorb it a few pages at a time. So steeped was it in probing the essence of the Holy Father – his faith... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD AND HITLER

Catalyst November Issue 2013, Book Review

Rick Hinshaw Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013) It’s quite easy – and quite morally offensive – for those safely removed in time and place from the horrors of Hitler’s genocide to point fingers of blame at others – the German... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM’S RISE, FALL, AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Catalyst September Issue 2013, Book Review

KENNETH D. WHITEHEAD Russell Shaw, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2013). This new book of Russell Shaw’s on the “American Church” is the best available current account that you are likely to find describing what the Catholic Church in America has... [Read more...]

MYTHS ABOUT CHRISTIAN NON-PERSECUTION

Catalyst July/August Issue 2013, Book Review

Robert Royal At the present moment, Christians are the most widely persecuted religious group in the world. They are forbidden normal freedom to practice or attacked for explicitly religious reasons in Muslim countries from Algeria across North Africa, throughout the Middle East, into Pakistan and Indonesia. In other countries, such as China, Christians... [Read more...]

MODERN MARTYRDOM

Catalyst June Issue 2013, Book Review

Patrick J. McNamara, Ph.D. Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013). “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity,” wrote the author Tertullian in the third century A.D. Tertullian was writing as the early Church was being persecuted by the Roman emperors. Today... [Read more...]

A MORE EXCELLENT WAY

Catalyst May Issue 2013, Book Review

Patrick J. McNamara, Ph.D. George Weigel, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church (New York: Basic Books, 2013). No one doubts the need for deep reform in the Church, but few agree on how to go about it. George Weigel, one of our foremost Catholic intellectuals, offers a comprehensive reform proposal transcending the liberal... [Read more...]

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