Understanding Medjugorje. By Donal Anthony Foley
Although the subtitle of Donal Anthony Foley's Understanding Medjugorje is "Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion?" there is no question in the mind or writing of the author that the answer is "illusion." Add to that, fraud and deceit. The alleged visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a backwater town of former Yugoslavia (now Bosnia-Herzegovina) since 1981 continue to attract religious thrill seekers in droves. What most Medjugorje pilgrims don't know, suggests Foley, is the sordid history surrounding the visionaries and the the religious order that has promoted the alleged visions over the past quarter century. Sexual scandal, ecclesial disobedience, an attack on the local bishop, and outright fraud are just some of the compelling reasons to question the authenticity of the visions and the motives of its promoters. Unlike previous slovenly-written attempts by other authors to expose the Medjugorje deception, Foley's offering provides an informative, compelling and persuasive argument to give Medjugorje a wide berth. -- June 18, 2007
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The Edge of Evolution. By Michael J. Behe
After launching the modern Intelligent Design movement with his bestselling 1996 book Darwin's Black Box, Michael J. Behe became a reluctant celebrity for the movement in 2005 when the Dover, Pennsylvania school board made a controversial decision to include ID in its high school curriculum. When angry parents struck back in federal court, Behe took the stand as the lead witness for the defense of Intelligent Design. As he insisted at the time ID is a young science with much research to be done. Behe has now done the work, and it looks as if his latest scientific bombshell The Edge of Evolution will serve as the seminal masterwork for the ID argument. In a nutshell, Behe presents new findings from the genetics revolution to show that Darwinism cannot account for the sheer complexity and near-miraculous design of life as we know it. Sure to make Darwinists apoplectic for the next decade. -- June 14, 2007
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A Special Mission. By Dan Kurzman
Pope Pius XII was reluctant to publicly condemn the genocide of the Jews during World War II largely because he feared that Hitler would kidnap him, loot the Vatican, and seize hundreds of thousands of Jews and their Christian protectors hiding in Vatican institutions. So says journalist Dan Kurzman. A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII reveals that Hitler stunned SS General Karl Wolff when he gave the order for papal abduction. Documents would later reveal that killing the Pope was not out of the question. Wolff stalled and eventually warned Pius XII of an imminent attack. Kurzman's stunnning work is a convincing addition to the growing body of literature that disputes the preposterous view that Pope Pius XII was an anti-Semitic Nazi-sympathizer. -- June 13, 2007
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Anglican Communion in Crisis. By Miranda Hassett
In the mid-1990s, conservative American Episcopalians and Anglican leaders from Africa and other parts of the southern hemisphere began to forge ties in opposition to the American Episcopal Church's moral liberalism and growing toleration of homosexuality. This resulted in dozens of American Episcopal churches submitting to the authority of African bishops. Miranda Hassett's Anglican Communion in Crisis challenges common views--that the relationship between the Americans and Africans is merely one of convenience or even that the Americans bought the support of the Africans. Instead, Hassett argues that their partnership is a deliberate and committed movement to push both the American Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion to the right. -- June 12, 2007
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Love: Words & Inspiration of Mother Teresa
One of the 20th century's most remarkable humanitarians and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa's calling was to serve the sick, the dying, and the "poorest of the poor." Her compassion, humility, and wisdom touched the lives of people across the globe. Her legacy is recorded in Love: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa, combines compelling photographs of the Calcutta saint with quotations from her most inspiring speeches and writings to capture the true essence of her timeless and pertinent message of faith, hope and, above all, charity. -- June 11, 2007
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Noise. By Teresa Tomeo
The most dominant force in the lives of almost all Americans is the media -- the Internet, TV, radio, blackberries, cellphones, ipods. The list goes on and on. Although incredibly intoxicating, the media all too often distracts us from that which is most important, and in many instances, actually fights against our good and noble goals in life. In Noise: How Our Media-Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families veteran broadcaster Teresa Tomeo gives a sobering analysis of each of the nine dominant forms of media, and how they are rapidly dismantling families and destroying lives. Get your media usage under control, warns Tomeo, before it controls you. -- June 8, 2007
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Jesus of Nazareth. By Pope Benedict XVI
Over the past few decades liberal theologians, pop reverends, dime novelists, and anti-Church feminists, among others, have been working overtime in their efforts to redefine Jesus -- usually as an anemic Christ, who worked no miracles, saved no one, and certainly didn't rise from the dead. From the Jesus Seminars to The Da Vinci Code, the figure of Christ has been so badly abused that many Catholics and other Christians are confused as to who Jesus is, what Jesus taught, and why Jesus founded the Church. Joseph Ratzinger has long recognized this growing confusion. In his first book as Benedict XVI, the Holy Father salvages the person of Jesus from recent popular depictions and authoritatively restores Jesus' true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Jesus of Nazareth is destined to become a Classic work on the central figure in human history. It belongs in the personal library of every believing Catholic. -- June 6, 2007
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