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Archive for April 28th 2010

Named by Time magazine in 2001 as the "best theologian in America," Stanley Hauerwas is a towering figure in theology today, a pacifist and author whose work has sought to integrate a variety of Christian and ethical sources. His new book, Hannah's Child, is an account of his life in theology that deals frankly with the mental illness of his first wife as well as his ecclesial journey from Methodist to Catholic to Anglican worship. In this interview, Hauerwas assesses the health of Christianity today and reflects on what it means to be a pacifist after 9/11.

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Matt Malone, S.J., a former associate editor at America, reports from London on what may be the closest--and most exciting--race to lead Parliament in decades. What happens if there is a "hung Parliament," and what role does the Queen play in this scenario? How does the British election compare with its American counterpart? Malone provides cogent analysis along with a helpful introduction to the unique intricacies of the British political system.

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Gregory Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the United States, talks about why young people join gangs, and the services his agency offers to "homies" and "home girls" who finally decide they want to leave the gang life. In his new book, Tattoos on the Heart, Fr. Boyle offers stories of the young men and women he has met in his ministry that are both sad and funny, a glimpse of a segment of the poor that is too often overlooked.

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Life in Year One is not a book about Jesus, but about the time in which Jesus lived, explains author Scott Korb. What did people eat, where did they work and worship, and what was their relationship to Roman authorities? Few historical records of the time exist, so looking back at this era requires moral imagination--a habit that, if cultivated properly, could help readers to connect to the poor and destitute of our own time.

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