The National Catholic Review

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  • Centuries of Biblical interpretation make it difficult for us today to appreciate Adam and Eve as characters in a well-told story that deftly probes the ways of God with humans. Yet the increasing availability of literary works comparable to Genesis 1-11 enables us to appreciate how seriously ancients took their stories of origins. Pope Pius XII’s 1943 encyclical “Divino afflante spiritu(Nos. 19-23, 31) urged scholars to appreciate “the manner of expression and the literary mode”...

  • Nathan Schneider, a columnist for America and member of Occupy Catholics, talks about what he learned about the Bible from reporting on Occupy Wall Street.

  • November 3, 2014

    Students new to biblical studies are unfailingly astonished when they first encounter the Song of Songs. Fawn-like naked breasts, a woman’s black hair cascading like a flock of goats, pure white teeth like ewes and a lover’s hand under his beloved’s head in an enchanted garden—these are just a few of the sensuous images described by the author in vivid detail. All this has proven too hot for most readers over the centuries.

  • Bill McGarvey, culture columnist for America and author of "The Freshman Survival Guide," talks about young people who identify as "spiritual but not religious," why they resist traditional forms of Christianity and where they can find God.

  • In honor of the Jewish high holy days, Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., reflects on the story of Isaac and Abraham.

  • September 29. 2014

    Throughout the English-speaking world the term “good Samaritan” is synonymous with charitable do-gooders. Hospitals with the name “Samaritan” appear throughout the United States, from Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore to Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. Australia has the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, which does exactly what its name suggests.

  • Some years back, I enrolled in a graduate seminar in Analytic Philosophy. At the start of the first class, the professor posed the question—what makes you you? What is the core of your identity? If one were to teleport you through time and space, what part of you would need to be transferred so that it would actually be you that stands at the other end of the Star Trek-like shipment? Would it have to be your DNA sequence—some sort of recipe of proteins? Would it be your feelings...

  • We gather tonight for a great purpose—and I certainly don’t mean the delivery of my remarks. Our great purpose is to launch a lecture series that will culminate in the celebration of an auspicious event: the golden anniversary of “Dei Verbum,”the Dogmatic Constitution that almost wasnt.

    It was almost something rather different, called by a radically different name.

  • James Martin, S.J., introduces readers to different ways to pray with the Bible. Here he talks about "lectio divina."

  • Amazon currently sells a 5-volume, 3,020 page (11.6 lbs.) hardcover version of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae for $198.46. Before you go out to buy the set and strive to finish reading through the double columned pages before Labor Day, it would behoove you to read Bernard McGinn’s fine introduction to the structure of the book, the man and the age that produced it, and the history of the book’s reception during the last 740 years.