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When God Becomes Jack Bauer: Torture, Hell, and the Greater Good

Moviegoers of a certain age will vividly remember the torture scene in the classic movie Dirty Harry. Inspector Harry Callahan tracks down the psychopath Scorpio who has kidnapped a teenager and threatened to kill her if a ransom of $200,000 … Continue reading

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Entangled in Redemption: A Poetry Review

by Anne M. Carpenter, Ph.D. As I was reading David Russell Mosley’s Liturgical Entanglements, a collection of poems that carve a path through the Christian liturgical year and beyond it into cognate Christian, especially Roman Catholic, practices and themes, I … Continue reading

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A (New) Suspended Middle? On David Bentley Hart and the Nature-Grace Question

by Ty Monroe, Ph.D. Inasmuch as nature’s and grace’s distinction and relation entails the specific matter of human nature’s compatibil­ity with divinity—its ordering toward graced participa­tion in, likeness to, and ultimate unity with God—the nature-grace debate is much more than … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Diary of Sergius Bulgakov

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Ambiguities of Nature: Jonathan Geltner’s Absolute Music

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D. Jonathan Geltner’s debut novel, Absolute Music, is one of those rare events in today’s publishing land­scape:  a genuine work of literary art that asks one to grapple with fundamental questions of how love is enacted … Continue reading

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Ilaria Ramelli reviews The Devil’s Redemption

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To Infinity and Beyond: Desire and Deification in the One-Storey Universe

In this final installment of my reflections upon You Are Gods, we come to the fourth, final, and most contentious highlight of the book: 4) Human beings are necessarily ordered to deification in Jesus Christ by virtue of their creation … Continue reading

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The Natural Desire for God: Pope Pius XII, Henri de Lubac, and David Bentley Hart

How can a conscious spirit be anything other than an absolute desire for God? ~ Henri de Lubac ~ In 1950 Pope Pius XII published his encyclical Humani generis. The encyclical summons theologians to faithfully defend the Catholic faith, as … Continue reading

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