Issue 1807

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The “prosperity gospel” is a well-known theological current emerging from the neo-Pentecostal evangelical movements. At its heart is the belief that God wants his followers to have a prosperous life, that is, to be rich, healthy and happy. This type of Christianity places the well-being of the believer at the center of prayer, and turns God the Creator into someone who makes the thoughts and desires of believers come true. The risk of this form of religious anthropocentrism, which puts...

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Science and Religion in Ian G. Barbour

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Ian Graeme Barbour (1923-2013) was someone rather rare: a physicist and a theologian. Born in Beijing, in the course of his studies in Chicago he was the assistant of Enrico Fermi and, after graduating in physics, he began work as a physicist at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He later applied himself to the study of theology, ethics and philosophy at the Yale Divinity School and from 1955 was the first person in the United States to teach in both a...

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Miguel Ángel Fiorito and popular religiosity in Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s formation

By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

Since his election on March 13, 2013, among the many questions posed regarding the person and history of Pope Francis are those about the origins of his thought in general and of his theological mindset in particular. Between 1968 and 1978, Jorge Mario Bergoglio finished his formation as a Jesuit and began his ministry as a priest, first as novice master and then later as provincial. At the time of his ordination (1969), he was almost 33 years old. In...

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The Jesuits in China, 1842 to 1954

By: David Strong, SJ

In 1582 Michele Ruggieri and Matteo Ricci were the first Jesuits to be allowed into China. This first period of presence of the Society concluded – following wonderful moments and also periods of persecution – with the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773. The Jesuits were present again in China for a second period following the reconstitution of the Society (1814) from 1842 through to 1954, when they were expelled from the country. We are looking at the 1,121 foreign...

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Diversity and Communion among the First Christians: The genesis of the New Testament

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

A considerable effort needs to be made to become immersed in the religious world of the first century. It involves dealing with a world very different from today, if only because the term “religion” did not always mean the same thing for people of that time as it does for people now. It was a world in which Christianity was a modest reality. The evangelical parable of the small seed that becomes a large tree is very suitable for describing...

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Catholic Education, Faith and Vocational Discernment

By: Jose Mesa, SJ

Introduction The Church has convoked a synod to examine “how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to fullness of life and love and … identify the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.”[1] This is an important task in a world where youth have taken a leading role in many areas previously thought to be reserved for older generations. The digital age has seen the surge of younger generations impacting societies in a...

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