Enriching our Vision of Reality

Enriching Our Vision of Reality: Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dialogue.  By Alister McGrath.  London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2016, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press Edition, 2017.  Kindle. Alister McGrath holds Oxford doctorates in the natural sciences and in Christian theology. He has written what is considered the classic work on the relationship […]


An Essay on the Development of Doctrine

John Henry Newman. An Essay on the Development of Doctrine. Forward by Ian Ker.  Sixth ed.  Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame, 1989/2015.  Kindle ed. Introduction Ian Ker in the Forward to the book makes a wonderful presentation of the question whether the Catholic Church has changed its teaching over the centuries. The Protestant […]


Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis.  Rome: Libreria Vaticana, 2018/Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2018. Pope Francis wrote the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) It is neither a systematic theology on the subject nor a dissertation on moral theology. It is […]


The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain. By Thomas Merton. Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Harcourt, 1948/1976. (Kindle).   Robert Giroux writes in the Introduction to this book that when he first met Thomas Merton at the office of the Columbia Review in New York, and Giroux had read an article Merton had written, he told himself: “This […]


Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity. By C.S. Lewis, a revised edition with a new introduction (by Kathleen Norris). New York: HarperCollins, 2001.Pp xx, 227.  Paperback C.S. Lewis was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland and died on November 22, 1963. In 2013 the 50th anniversary of his death, he was honored at Westminster Abbey as one […]


To Light A Fire on the Earth

Robert Barron. To Light A Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age. With John L. Allen, Jr.  New York: Image Books, 2017.  260p.   In the introduction to this book, John Allen compares Bp. Robert Barron to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Allen admits that they are two very different men. Fulton Sheen […]


Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgiveness

Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgivenesss by Francis J. Moloney, SDB.  New York, Paulist Press, 2017. Key to an understanding of this book and the theology of Fr. Moloney is a clear grasp of the concept of doctrine and the concept of teaching. Doctrine is related to creed and faith. Teaching is related to magisterium […]



Catholic History for Today’s Church

Catholic History for Today’s Church: How Our Past Illuminates our Present. By John W. O’Malley, SJ. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 (A Sheed & Word Book). Kindle edition. John O’Malley, SJ is a history professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and a specialist in the history of the Catholic Church in the […]