October 24, 2011

Vol. 205 No. 12Whole No. 4949 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
An App for That? Earth Science; Goodbye to Happy
Church, Not State?
The conceit that churches and charities could replace government neatly ignores a few facts about giving.

Articles

The Forgotten Pope
Mo Guernon
Why Albino Luciani's holiness should be celebrated
The Changing Face of Theology
T. Howland Sanks
A tradition in process

Books and Culture

Books
A Church in Flux
Thomas P. Rausch
From editors Michael J. Lacey and Francis Oakley, a sober assessment of contemporary Catholicism.
Books
Becoming Pray-ers
Denise Lardner Carmody
Gerald O'Collins argues that frequent pauses for thought will allow God to clarify our hearts' desires.
Books
Dubliners of a Certain Age
Tom Deignan
Roddy Doyle's new stories about aging are not excessively grim or whiny.
Film
Immaculata's Miracle
Kerry Weber
'The Mighty Macs' uses the microcosm of a women's basketball team to explore the zeitgeist of the 1970s.
Film
The Father's Way
Kerry Weber
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on pilgrimages, families ties and the creation of their newest film.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Walking the Talk
Barbara E. Reid
Columns
The Look of Love
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Letters
Letters

Web Only

  Studying Theology
Maurice Timothy Reidy
In the October 24 issue of America, T. Howland Sanks looks at "The Changing Face of Theology." "Theology mediates between faith and culture," he writes. "Therefore, as the cultural context changes, so does theology. And in the last 40 years the social, cultural and historical context has changed dramatically." To illustrate the expansion of theology, Fr. Sanks offers a sample of recent dissertation topics in the field. Here we add a few titles to his list. To browse other dissertation topics visit the Web sites of Boston College, Notre Dame or Marquette University (pdf). "Love and Option for the Poor: Reframing the Moral Dimension of the US Immigration Debate"