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    A Cut-and-Paste Country

    Kathleen Hart

    A Cut-and-Paste Country, by Kathleen Hart, is a book of poetry that explores characters and artists who "cut and paste" in an effort to create personal refuges of beauty and peace that ultimately reflect praise of God. Due to what series editor Dr. David Craig calls a "marvelously Catholic" voice, a "disciple's heart," and the deep sense of humility permeating Hart's poetry, the book won the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize, established by Franciscan University Press to provide an alternative publishing opportunity to poets writing in a secular world that is generally unreceptive to overtly Christian themes.


    Challenging the Secular Culture

    A Call to Christians

    Dr. Stephen M. Krason

    To challenge and try to change the secular culture is no small concern. Not only are Christians called to "re-establish all things in Christ" (Eph. 1:10), but they increasingly have no choice in the matter as the culture - whether by its propagation of immoral public practices or the increasing threats to religious liberty - inevitably impinges on them as they now may have to act simply to protect themselves.


    The House of the Lord:

    A Catholic Biblical Theology of God's Temple Presence in the Old and New Testaments

    Dr. Steven C. Smith

    The House of the Lord invites readers to participate in a unique journey: a deep exploration of the Old and New Testaments that searches out and contemplates the reality of God's presence with his people, with a particular focus on investigating God's self-revelation in and through the biblical temple. The journey represents a tour de force of biblical theology, guided by author Steven Smith, a Catholic biblical scholar, seminary professor, and expert on the temple and the Holy Land. In addition to the temple, Smith observes the centrality of priesthood in both the Old and New Testaments, exploring all four Gospels like never before, through a temple lens.


    The Short List of Certainties

    (Jacopne Da Todi Poetry Prize)

    Lois Roma-Deeley

    "It's been a long time since a collection has so affected me. Whether she is writing of our twisted relational lives or of her own seemingly innate sense that something's wrong, Roma-Deeley writes with that curious blend of authority and self-doubt that marks our best poets. Ultimately, and reassuringly, she finds the affirmation that sustains her through it all; as her title poem urges, "having courage, let us write a word or phrase on the short list of certainties something that sounds very much like praise." Which is just what she does in this tour de force." – Sydney Lea, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and former Vermont Poet Laureate


    Defining Platonism:

    Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of John M. Dillon

    John F. Finamore & Sarah Klitenic Wear

    This collection of essays surveys a wide range of methods of Platonic interpretation, ranging from the dialogues themselves, to Middle and Neoplatonic interpretations of Plato's writings, to modern uses of Platonism. As a philosophical movement, Platonism is broadly conceived, covering schools and philosophers beginning with Plato and his immediate followers and extending through contemporary philosophers.


    When Not Yet Is Now:

    By Samuel Hazo

    Samuel Hazo has won acclaim for his novels, plays, essays, and memoirs, but he is best known for his poetry. This is his thirtieth collection of poems. 

    In When Not Yet Is Now, as in all his work, Hazo finds the quiet nobility in the quotidian. He speaks with subtlety and humor about the stuff of ordinary life and inevitable loss. 

    Hazo served as Pennsylvania's Poet Laureate from 1993 to 2003. He has won many awards and holds twelve honorary doctorates. Poet Dana Gioia notes that he "has been a constant and positive presence in the American poetry world for over half a century."


    The World Within the Word:

    By Richard J. Regan

    This book, written in 1957, arises from the encounter of two men: the American poet Samuel Hazo and the French philosopher Jacques Maritain. They met on September 12, 1956, at Maritain's home in Princeton, New Jersey. Hazo sought to engage Maritain's diffuse writings in aesthetics by bringing them into conversation with the great voices of the English literary tradition, especially Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and John Keats. 

    Hazo was also striving to understand and articulate his own experience of the creative process. Then at the beginning of his writing life, he would later emerge as a leading voice in American poetry. He is the author of more than thirty collections, the winner of many awards, the founder of the International Poerty Forum, and a National Book Award finalist.  

    The World within the Word: Maritain and the Poet is the only book about Jacques Maritain for which Maritain himself wrote a foreword.

    A Philosophical Primer on the Summa Theologica

    By Richard J. Regan

    What is the meaning of human life? The Summa Theologica is, in effect, Thomas Aquinas' answer to this question. With the goal of showing why human beings exist, their destiny, and how they can achieve it, Aquinas argues that human beings exist to know God, that their destiny is to enjoy the vision of him in the next life, that they need to act properly in this life in order to be worthy of their destiny, and that the Church's sacraments are the means to do so. The Summa Theologica represents a major attempt to introduce the method and principles of Aristotle into the study of Christian theology. 

    Intended for an educated general audience and philosophical neophytes, A Philosophical Primer on the Summa Theologica will help readers become better acquainted with Aquinas' thought, summarily expressing his positions and arguments largely in his own terms. Using an innovative format, author Richard Regan makes available in one volume a more integrated view of Aquinas' philosophy in the Summa Theologica.


    I Am No Battlefield but a Forest of Trees Growing (Jacopne Di Todi Poetry)

    By Elvis Alves

    This collection is a meditation on the relationship between the life of faith and the affairs of the world―a world that appears more fragmented even with the promise of technology to bridge communities. The poems remind us of our role as agents of change and that, when we take responsibility for this role, we are practicing an effective form of spirituality. 

    Infused with music and a deep sense of hope, I Am No Battlefield but a Forest of Trees Growing expresses longing for a better life and world. In each poem, author Elvis Alves calls attention to the black body―a site of resistance and celebration―using the language of survival.

    Writing and Freedom: From Nothing to Persons and Back

    By William Myers

    Twelve essays in literary theory, philosophy, and religion – about atheism, freedom, and "the Jesus thought experiment" – connect, but don't conclude. A recurring theme is the "nothing" at the heart of the deep atheism of George Eliot, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, and Thomas Hardy, who approach "nothing" with a directness lacking in their English-speaking philosophical contemporaries. How does being in the world – Thomas Nagel's "what-it's-likeness" – and how do values – Alasdair MacIntyre's justice and misericordia – fare in the face of the mindless "It" that hardy finds at the heart of things? A pivotal essay compares the theism of Paul Ricoeur and the atheism of Daniel Dennett – the subtitle is a response to the latter's latest book.


    Fidelity and Freedom: Ex Corde Ecclesiae at Twenty-Five

    By Fr. Sean Sheridan and Stephen Hildebrand

    Faith and Freedom is a collection of essays marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Bishops, theologians, canon lawyers, and university presidents offer speculative and practical reflections on the relationship between the Catholic university and the Church, the place of faith and revelation in the life of a university, the meaning and limits of academic freedom, the mission of the Catholic university to the wider culture, and the purpose and application of the canon laws bearing on Catholic universities. In addition, the volume offers practical guidance and suggestions for how Catholic universities can retrieve and maintain their Catholic identity. Included also are the stories of three Catholic universities that have self-consciously striven to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae: Walsh University, the University of Mary, and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity: Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science

    By Daniel Toma

    Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity: Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science offers a Catholic worldview of creation and the universe and shows that it is reasonable in the light of the best of human experience, both modern and pre-modern. The Catholic worldview maintains that the Liturgy of the Church―the image of eternity―is the "blueprint" for material and immaterial reality. This liturgical structure is manifested in the natural world through the hierarchy of being―the vestige of Eden―evident to human knowledge, and as such provides a framework that easily subsumes and makes sense of the data of modern scholarship and science. It also leaves them open to understanding in the light of realties beyond matter. Proposing a novel framework for understanding reality to modern ears, yet old in the history of human thought, Vestige of Eden will be of interest to general readers and college students, while proving profitable for the academic as well.


    Living the Catholic Tradition: Philosophical and Theological Considerations

    By Renée Köhler-Ryan

    Every aspect of human life is influenced by traditions. Whether at home, at work, or at leisure, what we do and say has developed out of inherited beliefs, ideas, and practices. But how often do we stop to reflect on the importance of traditions? Understanding tradition means coming to know ourselves better, and so considering tradition from different perspectives is a worthwhile pursuit. 

    Traditionally, Catholic thought has relied on philosophers and theologians to reflect on, develop, and pass along what really matters to the next generation. This book brings together the work of an international team of such scholars, who gathered for a conference at the Catholic University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) to reflect together on the perennial significance of traditions. Living the Catholic Tradition examines, philosophically and theologically, how traditions are not a thing from the past. It engages with biblical scholarship, systematic theology, moral philosophy and theology, political philosophy, and the arts. Readers will come away from reading this book ready to continue the tradition of thinking deeply about what matters to vibrant communities of belief and practice.


    Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Araujo, SJ 

    By Stefanus Hendrianto (Editor), James V. Schall (Foreword)

    Robert J. Araujo, SJ, is a Catholic legal scholar. For more than twenty-five years, Fr. Araujo was a legal practitioner who devoted his life to defend the Church teaching in American public life and international arena. The present volume brings together twelve essays by noted scholars in honor of Fr. Araujo. The volume displays the influence of the Catholic intellectual tradition across issues such as natural law, Catholic social teachings, constitutionalism, religious freedom and public international law – in this way the volume highlights the interconnectedness of philosophy, theology, law, and politics in the Catholic intellectual tradition.


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