July 2004
 

CONTENTS

July 2004

The need for clear thinking
The Editor

William E. Carroll

The myth that science and religion are incompatible seems to be confirmed by the condemnation of Galileo. William E. Carroll, Aquinas Fellow in Science and Religion at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, examines this case and concludes: ‘The Inquisition did not ask Galileo to choose between science and faith.’

The power of the New Testament
Nicholas King SJ

What is the special power of the New Testament? Nicholas King, a Jesuit who teaches Scripture in the University of Oxford, describes here of what the raw power of the NT consists. ‘There is an overwhelming but benevolent presence ... which demands a response.’

The Christians of Iraq
Joseph Seferta

We hear very little in the media about the Christians of Iraq, who form four per cent of the population. The Christians in Iraq proudly trace their faith back to the beginnings of Christianity, as Joseph Seferta, a Chaldean originally from Iraq, explains. He is a retired teacher of religion and a member of the Commission for Inter-faith Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Taking time out
Crispian Hollis

Last summer, Crispian Hollis took a break from the routine and duty of his work as Bishop of Portsmouth, and took a three-month sabbatical. Here, in an adaptation of part of his Pastoral Letter for Lent 2004, he describes the benefits of time spent away.

Intercommunion
Raymond Maloney SJ

Raymond Maloney is Assistant Professor of Theology at Milltown Institute, Dublin, and author of a recent book on the Eucharist.* Here he explains the main reasons why the Pope excludes intercommunion at the present stage of ecumenical relations. ‘The central misconception in premature intercommunion lies in substituting group dynamics for sacramental causality.’

Homosexuality and Christianity
John Rist

Gareth Moore’s posthumously published book, A Question of Truth: Christianity and homosexuality (London: Continuum, 2003) is analysed here in a longer-than-usual review article by John Rist, Emeritus Professor in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and author of a recent book on ethics.*

How to recover parish visiting
Paul Hypher

Paul Hypher is a retired priest of the Diocese of East Anglia who set up strategies for parish home visiting in several of his former parishes, rural, suburban and urban. Here he offers some suggestions for schemes which could meet the needs of parishes today.

Preaching and teaching the Word
Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards, a priest of the Diocese of East Anglia, and our proofreader, offers here his reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays of August.

Postscript: Calling the heavy-laden
Clare Watkins




Books

   REVIEWED BY ALAN GRIFFITHS
Forming the Assembly to Celebrate the Mass
Lawrence E. Mick
Liturgy Training Publications, £4.55
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   REVIEWED BY ALAN GRIFFITHS
Forming the Assembly to Celebrate the Sacraments
Lawrence E. Mick
Liturgy Training Publications, £4.55
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   REVIEWED BY JOHN SULLIVAN
Bernadette of Lourdes
Therese Taylor
Burns & Oates, £14.99
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   REVIEWED BY JOHN SHARP
The Evolution of the English Churches 1500-2000
Doreen Rosman
Cambridge University Press, £18.99
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