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.
Archive for August 31st 2011
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.
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.
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.