Views from a Hermitage: Theological Reflections on Religion in Today's World

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Lexington Books, 2008 - Philosophy - 199 pages
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This book is a collection of short essays covering many different subjects, but all of them exploring the effects of religion, for good or ill, on events in today's world. They were written by a priest who, on the advice of Thomas Merton, became a theologian, then abandoned academia to live a contemplative life.
 

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Contents

Thoughts on Faith
1
Faith and Belief May 9 2000
3
Faith and Doubt May 31 2000
4
Mature Faith February 24 2001
5
Hero or Hypocrite? September 9 2006
6
C S Lewis and Make Believe September 12 2006
8
Pascals Wager Revisited October 20 2006
9
Atheism on the Rebound? May 25 2007
10
Clerical Celibacy? March 1 2002
94
Systemic Failure December 21 2002
96
Christian Unity March 2 2005
97
Pope John Paul II March 2 2005
99
Catholicism or Papalism? March 4 2005
100
Divisions March 5 2005
102
Catholic Disbelief January 5 2006
104
The Original Mistake? February 24 2006
105

Gnostics and Gnosticism August 3 2007
12
In Search of a Logical Faith September 29 2007
13
The Creeds as Symbols of Faith December 8 2007
15
Science and Religion
17
Evolution and the Problem of Evil July 20 2000
19
Creationism and Evolution August 1 2000
20
Astrotheology February 112002
22
Religion versus Science December 5 2003
23
Darwin and the Demotion of Humanity February 12 2003
24
Is There a God Gene? November 152004
26
The Cardinal the Pope and Intelligent Design July 112005
27
War and Peace
29
September 11 2001 September 11 2001
31
The US and the UN September 8 2002
33
Americas Superiority Complex December 22 2002
34
Preventive War? December 23 2002
35
The Papal Prescription December 28 2003
36
The Global Test October 6 2004
37
Darfur March 24 2005
39
World War III? July 28 2006
40
War Crimes
41
Five Years After September 112006
43
Religion Ethics and Politics
45
New Year New Era? December 72001
46
The USA Under God July 2 2002
48
On Church and State December 15 2002
49
AIDS and Genocide July 30 2003
51
Public Morality and the Ten Commandments September 6 2003
52
Reflections on Hurricane Katrina September 15 2005
54
The Relatively Poor and Absolute Poverty December 21 2005
55
Religion and Society May 112006
56
Abortion and Embryonic Stem Cell Research August 26 2006
57
Capital Punishment January 16 2007
59
A Basic Human Right? August 25 2007
60
Jesus and Christianity
63
Has Christianity Made Any Difference? December 7 2001
65
Atonement March 26 2002
66
James the Brother of Jesus November 11 2002
68
The Incarnation December 20 2003
69
Thoughts on the Interpretation of Scripture November 4 2004
71
Dogma October 2 2005
73
Cooked Books? December 18 2005
75
Schweitzers Radical Christianity January 24 2006
76
Did Jesus Have Faith? January 29 2006
78
The Gospel of Judas April 102006
79
Essential Christianity August 182006
80
Inventing Christ September 26 2006
82
End Time December 3 2006
83
The Knowledge of Jesus December 9 2006
84
The Tomb of Jesus and the Body of Christ March 4 2007
86
Buddhism and Christianity April 5 2006
87
The Incarnation Revisited December 25 2007
89
The Church and the Churches
91
The Rapture Craze July 7 2001
92
Pope Benedict and the True Church July 172007
107
The Church and Change November 21 2007
108
Islam and the Middle East
111
The Holy Land April 4 2002
112
Christians in the Middle East October 22 2002
114
The Religious Roots of Conflict in the Middle East
115
Abu Ghraib and Moral Bankruptcy June 14 2004
116
Iraqs Christians September 26 2004
118
Muslim Outrage February 7 2006
119
The Sunni vs Shiite Division February 28 2006
121
Can Islam Change? April 1 2004
122
Apocalypse Now? July 21 2006
123
Did the Pope Misspeak? September 18 2006
125
The Annapolis Initiative December 1 2007
126
Spirituality
129
Commitment August 2 2000
130
Hypocrisy September 3 2000
132
The Devil You Say? September 4 2001
133
Religious Extremism October 15 2001
135
Prayer November 21 2001
136
Solitude March 11 2002
137
Seeing March 142003
138
Shabbat Shalom May 13 2003
140
What Does It Mean To Be Christian? January 10 2004
141
All Souls October 31 2005
143
Spiritual Blindness March 5 2005
144
Confession December 13 2005
146
Holy Indifference July 27 2006
147
The Secret of Sanctity August 23 2007
149
Philosophical Musings
151
Ends and Means March 21 2001
153
The Trinity for Monotheists June 2 2001
154
Coping with Tragedy August 15 2001
155
Tradition and Change February 4 2002
157
Sexual Evolution? May 24 2002
158
The Five Loves August 29 2002
160
The Quest for Meaning June 11 2005
161
Instinct and Reason January 14 2006
162
Oneness or a Theory of Everything February 4 2006
164
Time Memory and Meaning August 12 2007
165
Spinning Our Own Cocoons December 14 2007
166
The Environment
169
Of Mounds and Men September 2 1989
172
God and Nature November 20 1996
174
Environmental Concern as a Moral Imperative May 27 2003
176
Christians and Global Warming October 17 2006
178
Population and Pollution February 17 2007
179
Facing the Future July 17 2007
181
Environmental Escapism July 28 2007
182
Further Thoughts August 8 2007
184
A Final Word
187
Index of Proper Names
191
About the Author
199
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Richard W. Kropf was ordained a priest in 1958 for the Diocese of Lansing and later went on to earn doctorate degrees in theology from the University of Ottawa and the Université St-Paul in Canada. The author of about a half-dozen books on theology and spirituality, he currently resides in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula.

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