THE UNIVERSALISM OF THE BIBLE

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A Breach in the Way we Think About Reality

By: Diego Fares SJ

The question of post-truth goes beyond the definition in the Oxford English Dictionary: “Objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs.”[1] The so-called “objective facts” imply the possibility of being recorded and quantified. Today we see that the possibility of quantifying in real time the truth as to whether or not a large number of people approving of a statement or fact can, in fact, transform that “quantified emotion” into something “real”...

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What Does the Future Hold for Europe?

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

The Covid-19 crisis has brought to the fore a key question of recent years. It is the crucial question for Western European countries: Is there still a future for the European Union? For this Union that gives weight and backbone to a hard-to-define geographical Europe? One can almost hear the words that the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah in the time of exile and despair: “There is hope for your future, says the Lord” (Jer 31:17). In the face...

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Story and Metaphor in ‘Querida Amazonia’

By: Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ

Pope Francis’ exhortation Querida Amazonia (QA) surprises in many ways. Poetry occupies a particularly surprising place. Where previous popes accustomed us to philosophical and theological references, Francis offers extracts from poems. These create unexpected clearings in the text, unusual breaths in a document of the Magisterium. Sixteen writers and poets of South American origin or adoption are quoted; their texts have their greatest effect in Spanish and Portuguese.[1] If they resonate in other languages, it is thanks to the tireless...

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Asthma and Grace: An interview with Martin Scorsese

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

"Life is not something that takes us by surprise, but an astonishing mystery that inspires poetry in us," said Pope Francis in a recent audience. And he continued: "When a person lacks that poetic dimension, let's say, when poetry is missing, his soul limps."[1] That's why I thought of contacting the director Martin Scorsese: life has provoked poetry in him. In the meetings I had with him in Rome and New York we talked a lot about life and poetry,...

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