Category: Religion and Theology

“Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age” Receives the 2021 CTS Best Book Award

At its annual convention on June 3, the College Theology Society announced that Ryan G. Duns, S.J., assistant professor of theology at Marquette University, received the 2021 CTS Best Book Award for Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age: Desmond and the Quest for God (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020). The award committee called Duns’s book a “work of high […]

Book by LGBTQ+ Rights Activist Greg Bourke Announced During Gay Pride Month

In September, the University of Notre Dame Press will publish Gay, Catholic, and American: My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion by University of Notre Dame alumnus Greg Bourke (ND MA ’82). In this compelling memoir, Bourke tells the inspiring story of how his family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination. He became an outspoken gay rights activist after […]

An Interview with Greg Bourke, author of “Gay, Catholic, and American”

In Gay, Catholic, and American, Greg Bourke tells his inspiring story of how the Bourke De Leon family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination and became one of the named defendants in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, all while remaining steadfast in his lifelong […]

An Excerpt from “Married Priests in the Catholic Church” edited by Adam A. J. DeVille

Although celibacy is often seen as a distinctive feature of the Catholic priesthood, both Catholic and Orthodox Churches in fact have rich and diverse traditions of married priests. The essays contained in Married Priests in the Catholic Church offer the most comprehensive treatment of these traditions to date. Written by a wide-ranging group that includes historians, pastors, […]

Book Examines How Religion Has Been Co-Opted by Nationalist Populism

In Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy (May 2021), David M. Elcott, C. Colt Anderson, Tobias Cremer, and Volker Haarmann examine the use of religious identity to fuel the rise of illiberal, nationalist, and populist democracy. This is a timely book in light of increasing anti-democratic populist nationalist movements around the globe and former President Donald Trump’s use of religious rhetoric and […]

An Excerpt from “Simone Weil for the Twenty-First Century” by Eric O. Springsted

Simone Weil for the Twenty-First Century presents a comprehensive analysis of Weil’s interdisciplinary thought, focusing especially on the depth of its challenge to contemporary philosophical and religious studies. In a world where little is seen to have real meaning, Eric O. Springsted presents a critique of the unfocused nature of postmodern philosophy and argues that Weil’s […]

Contending Populisms: Pope Francis’s Response to the Politics of Division

In this post, originally published as a Contending Modernities Global Currents article, Angus Ritchie discusses Pope Francis’s recent citation of his book, Inclusive Populism: Creating Citizens in a Global Age.  Canon Dr. Angus Ritchie is an Anglican priest. For over twenty years, he has served in parishes in East London involved in community organizing, playing a […]

Contending Modernities Book Symposium Examines “Defending Muḥammad in Modernity” by SherAli Tareen

Contending Modernities (CM), based at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is a major interdisciplinary effort to generate new knowledge and greater understanding of the ways in which religious and secular forces interact in the modern world. On February 15, 2021, CM launched a book symposium on Defending Muḥammad in Modernity by SherAli Tareen (published by University of […]