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Walker Percy

Walker Percy, the Episcopal Church & Kierkegaard’s “Apostle”

ON SPEAKING WITH AUTHORITY

Thomas H. Hubert

July-August 2021

Kierkegaard’s concept of “the Apostle” powerfully influenced Percy’s presentation of character and theological insight in his fiction.

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The Thanatos Syndrome. By Walker Percy.

IS IT EVER APPROPRIATE TO CHANGE HUMAN NATURE?

Michael S. Rose

July-August 2020

Is it ever appropriate to change human nature, even if ostensibly for the sake of improving the quality of life for a great many people?

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Human Alienation & Our Biotech Future

Christopher Beiting

October 2007

In a future dominated by a technology that doesn’t make us any happier or less alienated, we fallen beings will have to make an effort to acquire virtue and the spiritual life.

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Pointing God’s Pilgrims Home

Cicero Bruce

November 2003

Review of Aliens in America: The Strange Truth About Our Souls by Peter Augustine Lawler

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Conversion & the Psychology of Change

JESUS OF NAZARETH, MASTER PSYCHOLOGIST

Art & Larraine Bennett

November 1999

An encounter with Jesus turns out to be often paradoxical and surprising, uncomfortable in the moment yet ultimately curative.

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Attempting to Discredit Walker Percy

Caroline A. Langston

January/February 1997

The author sees no problem in his claim that "the kind of philosophical closure that Walker Percy desired — and that was still available in the 1940s — is no longer viable."

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Walker Percy: The Man & the Movie

A SCANDALOUS SENSE OF PARTICULARITY

Ronald Austin

October 1993

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To Seek & to Find

Joseph B. Hudson Jr.

July-August 1992

Review of Signposts in a Strange Land by Walker Percy

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Remembering Walker Percy

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1992

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Abortion, Academe & the American Psychiatric Association

A REAL THANATOS SYNDROME

Patricia Wesley

March 1992

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The Last Days & the Church

GUEST COLUMN

John J. Reilly

September 1989

Predictive Scripture differs from the odd example of human prescience in that it tells us the eternal significance of events to which it alludes.

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Can Only Crazy People Tell the Truth These Days?

Thomas W. Case

September 1987

Review of The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy

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Symposium on Roman Catholicism & "American Exceptionalism"

A DE-FACTO SCHISM IN THE U.S.?

Walker Percy, Robert N. Bellah, Peter Kreeft, Robert George, Joe Holland, Christopher Derrick, Sheldon Vanauken, J.M. Cameron, James G. Hanink, L. Brent Bozell, Roger Mahony, Henri J.M. Nouwen

March 1987

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After the Fall of Richmond, What?

James J. Thompson Jr.

November 1986

For Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, and Walker Percy, neither tradition nor wealth-getting nor Protestantism answered the question of the meaning of existence. Their answer was in the Church.

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Walker Percy’s Christian Existentialism

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

July-August 1985

In every Percy novel there is a complex, reli­giously sensitive yet also modern and scientific sen­sibility at work.

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Contemplating the Foolishness of Our Age

James J. Thompson Jr.

June 1984

Polit­ical activists of every stripe distrust Percy, for none of them knows exactly where to peg him.

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Something More

James J. Thompson Jr.

April 1984

At times Christian writers have entered that exclusive realm where profound insight into the wisdom of Christianity joins artistic merit to produce fiction of a higher order.

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Flannery O’Connor & the “Literary Temple”

A CHRIST WHO DISTURBS & TERRORIZES

Bruce L. Edwards Jr.

April 1984

Relentlessly exposing human pride, avarice, and weakness, O'Connor agreed with C.S. Lewis that all things that are not eternal are eternally out of date.

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