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Excerpt of Faith and Reason through Christian History

Excerpt of Faith and Reason through Christian History

The figure of Gal­ileo, whispering his conviction of heliocentrism in a theocratic Italian court, represents in the minds of many modern people their image of an intrinsic conflict between faith and science, dogma and free enquiry, medieval justice and modern values. As numerous scholars have shown, however, the Galileo trial was largely an anomaly in the history of Catholicism. In the early modern period, it was far more common for religious institutions, especially the Catholic Church, to embrace with zeal the latest scientific discoveries, which by and large confirmed their worldview.

Excerpt of Faithful Fictions

Excerpt of Faithful Fictions

The image of international Catholicism has itself undergone a change since the Second Vatican Council. The Church began to pay more attention to the individual conscience, to ecumenism, and to social justice, although there has also been fierce resistance to these trends in some quarters. Yet for a long period, Catholicism had seemed powerfully authoritarian and reactionary, and it was understandable that it should have been seen as set against all the social and political developments on which the genre of the novel was held to depend.

Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Catalog is Out NOW

Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Catalog is Out NOW

The CUA Press is pleased to kick off our new book season with the release of our Fall/Winter 2022-2023 catalog! Here are just a few of the exciting upcoming titles you can look forward to reading.

Women and Men are of Equal Dignity with Some Important Differences

Women and Men are of Equal Dignity with Some Important Differences

In working with and reading my co-authors, I came to a deeper appreciation of just how important our male and female bodies are. Major movements today claim not only that there is no longer a male or female nature, but—even more extreme—some claim that there is no basic human nature at all.

Excerpt of From the Dust of the Earth

Excerpt of From the Dust of the Earth

Any satisfactory account of how God creates new life forms through evolution must seek to address the role that contingency or chance plays in the natural world. Many people assume that divine providence is incompatible with an evolutionary process that operates through natural selection and random genetic variation.

Q&A with Mary J. Brown

Q&A with Mary J. Brown

The University of Dayton controversy continued to escalate because the faculty did not discuss things in a civil manner. When people hold deeply-felt concerns on moral issues, they are willing to do things that seem unimaginable to others, such as report their fellow faculty to the archbishop.

Book Backstory with James Jacobs

Book Backstory with James Jacobs

I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, and had done two years of theology at a seminary, and so—on paper—I appeared well prepared to teach this class. However, since the philosophy I had learned was modern atheistic philosophy, I struggled to communicate the truth while I tried to complete my education by teaching myself the splendors of the perennial tradition.

Excerpt of Religious Freedom after the Sexual Revolution by Helen Alvaré

Excerpt of Religious Freedom after the Sexual Revolution by Helen Alvaré

Griswold is easily characterized as the case kicking off the Supreme Court’s high level of interest in sexual freedom as individual liberty. There the Court proved willing to create a constitutional right without explicitly supporting constitutional text. This exercise is not only fraught with uncertainty, but easily invites judges to substitute their personal predilections for the actual meaning of the Constitution and at the same time to trespass into the rightful sphere of legislatures.

Book Backstory with Lee Oser

Book Backstory with Lee Oser

It was a challenge to leave the enclaves of modernist literature, where my work was generally accepted, to face rejection as a novice in the world of Shakespeare studies. I suffered many embarrassments before I learned to defend and advance the positions I take in this book.

Excerpt of It is the Spirit Who Gives Life

Excerpt of It is the Spirit Who Gives Life

It is the Spirit who aids our stumbling lips when we groan and pray for full salvation in the midst of a creation that is itself groaning for liberation from decay (Rom 8:22–27).

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