Many Christians, whether they are aware of it or not, have mistaken notions about the mystery of atonement—particularly the role God the Father plays in Christ’s saving work on the Cross. In her new book “Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology” (https://bit.ly/3yaUrGb) Margaret Turek, professor of theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, hopes to dispel these misconceptions and present readers with a clear illumination of the wholly gratuitous, radically forgiving, passionate and powerful nature of God's redeeming love for mankind. In this episode, Dr. Turek speaks with Mark Brumley about her book, and about some of the spiritual insights the be gleaned from contemplating the mystery of Christ’s atonement.
Violence, nudity, bad language. These elements are often enough for Catholic viewers to dismiss movies and their potential impact entirely. But is it possible for people of faith to watch, enjoy, and critique the latest Hollywood offerings—without losing their souls? Douglas Beaumont thinks so, and explains why and how in his book, “The Message Behind the Movie, Reboot: Engaging Film without Disengaging Faith” (https://bit.ly/3xaWU37). In this episode, Beaumont talks with Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, about the book, as well as how their mutual experience of converting to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism shaped how they watch and enjoy movies today.
Gender, autonomy, and what our bodies mean: A conversation with Abigail Favale and Leah Libresco Sargeant
What does it mean to be a man or a woman? How do we talk about gender in a world that seems confused about the most basic realities of our bodies? What does Christianity bring to the table in discussions of feminism and women’s roles? Dr. Abigail Favale’s new book “The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory” (https://bit.ly/3KUyO01) grapples with these questions and more. In this episode, Favale speaks with Leah Libresco Sargeant, author of “Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name” (https://bit.ly/3Fyacta) and the “Other Feminisms” Substack (https://otherfeminisms.substack.com/), about Favale’s new book and how the Catholic view of the human person can help us understand and communicate the beauty and challenges of our sexed bodies.
When Charles de Foucauld was killed by bandits in the Sahara Desert in 1916, the French aristocrat-turned-monk was virtually unknown. Over the course of a century, however, the radiance of Foucauld's hidden life has spread, and the Church will officially recognize him as a saint when Pope Francis canonizes him on May 15, 2022.
In this episode, David Pinault, professor emeritus of religious studies at Santa Clara University, joins us to discuss the life and legacy of Charles de Foucauld. Pinault wrote the foreword to Ignatius Press’ new edition of Foucauld’s definitive biography, “Charles de Foucauld” by Jean-Jacques Antier (https://bit.ly/3Ks6SQN).