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Archive for August 31st 2011

Brian B. Pinter offers an intriguing account of his experiences teaching the Bible to Catholics in parishes in New York. A small but vocal minority of parishioners have taken issue with the historical/critical approach he espouses, preferring instead a literal account of Genesis and other Biblical stories. Pinter explains why some Catholics may be taken by a literal interpretation of the Bible and why a historical/critical approach actually enriches the reading experience. A campus minister at Regis High School in New York City, Pinter also offers some hopeful reflections on the faith of young people today.

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Historian David O'Brien talks about how September 11 marked a turning point in his identity as an historian and "Americanist" and how impressed he was by the stories of courage and love that grew from that day. In a second interview, Fr. Robert Robbins describes his role in inter-religious relations in New York in the period following September 11.

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Jennifer Haigh's novel, Faith, centers on a priest who is accused of sexual abuse in Boston in 2002 and his half-sister who sets out to find the truth. In this installment of America's Book Club, Kevin Spinale, S.J., describes the complex relationships among the Irish-Catholic family at the heart of the book, and explains why the novel is not really about sexual abuse but sexual maturity.

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Kevin Clarke leads a discussion with Editorial Director Karen Sue Smith and Editor in Chief Drew Christiansen, S.J. on America's fiscal woes, an upcoming article in America on American Muslims post-9/11 and the signs of dissatisfaction among the British underclass.

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