Muhammad: Man or Myth?

July 23, 2012 J. Mark Nicovich, Ph.D. 0

In recent decades it has become common in certain circles—often academic, sometimes popular—to challenge the historicity of famous figures and seminal events. The most well-known expression of this trend can be seen in those circles, […]


A Poet Reflects on Our Times

June 20, 2012 Ann Applegarth 0

When Dana Gioia (pronounced JOY-uh) was appointed Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California, the position he now holds, David St. John of USC described his new colleague […]


Bad Religion, Bad Results

May 24, 2012 Christopher White 0

Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat Free Press (New York, 2012) 337 pages. In a 2005 study conducted by sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, they found that […]


Unintended Problems, Unintended Blessings

May 21, 2012 David Paul Deavel 0

Brad S. Gregory The Unintended Reformation: How A Religious Revolution Secularized Society Belknap Press, 2012 592 pages, $39.95 Modern academic history, according to historian Daniel Lord Smail, suffers from “the inflationary spiral of research overproduction, […]


The Science of Nothing

April 10, 2012 William E. Carroll 0

Why is it so important for believers to affirm that in creating all that is God does not work with or use anything at all—nothing, that is, other than his own omnipotence? When the doctrine […]

No Picture

Left Behind

June 30, 2011 David Paul Deavel 0

“Have you met any of these young retro-Catholics?” This question was directed to my table by a priest in his early 60s at the closing banquet for the American Catholic Historical Association several years ago. The priest […]


Realistic Idealism at Work

May 26, 2011 Russell Shaw 0

One day last summer Tom Farr and a friend were having lunch in a Thai restaurant in Georgetown when the friend felt moved to ask Farr a question. President George W. Bush recently had announced […]