Book Review

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...]

STATE OF RELIGION IN 2013

Catalyst March Issue 2013, Book Review

Bill Donohue Frank Newport, God is Alive and Well, Gallup Press Gallup has been probing the status of religion in America since the 1940s, and has done some of the finest work of any survey house in the nation. This book is the work of Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief. As readers of Catalyst know, I hold a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University;... [Read more...]

BEARING WITNESS TO THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2013, Book Review

Candace de Russy Colleen Carroll Campbell, My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, Image. At a time in our culture of rampant secularism, anomie, and hedonic self-absorption, Colleen Carroll Campbell’s My Sisters the Saints is a rarity, insofar as it concerns her quest to find and fulfill her identity as a Christian woman, or what Blessed John... [Read more...]

WELCOME NEW HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catalyst December Issue 2012, Book Review

Kenneth D. Whitehead James Hitchcock, History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium, Ignatius Press. This is a book that we have needed for a good while now: it is a one-volume history of the Catholic Church which goes back to the very beginning and brings everything up to date. We need to know the true facts about the... [Read more...]

THE EVOLVING AMERICAN EXPERIMENT

Catalyst June Issue 2012, Book Review

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D. Stephen M. Krason, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic. Transaction Publishers, 2012. To order visit www.transactionpub.com or call 1-888-999-6778. American civilization is in the midst of a cultural and political crisis of unprecedented proportions. The crisis is multi-faceted with all its aspects interrelated... [Read more...]

BOGUS CHARGES AGAINST PRIESTS ABOUND

Catalyst March Issue 2012, Book Review

Rev. Michael P. Orsi Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories by David F. Pierre, Jr., Mattapoisett, Massachusetts: www.TheMediaReport.com David Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. In Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, the Fraud, the Stories, he presents case... [Read more...]

DISCERNING THE LAY VOCATION

Catalyst November Issue 2011, Book Review

Deacon Keith Fournier Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation by Michael Novak and William Simon, Jr., Encounter Books. Blessed John Paul II used the parable of the workers in the vineyard as the framework within which to address the nature of a lay vocation. “The gospel parable sets before our eyes the Lord’s vast vineyard and the... [Read more...]

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE RECONSIDERED

Catalyst October Issue 2011, Book Review

Church, State, and Original Intent by Donald L. Drakeman. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Donald L. Drakeman’s Church, State, and Original Intent is certainly one of the most exhaustive studies of the First Amendment’s establishment clause in print. Drakeman is well qualified to undertake this study. He is a prominent church-state attorney, lecturer... [Read more...]

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