What is forgiveness, and is it always possible? Are there times when it is unwise? Is it even feasible when someone refuses to repent? These are some of the questions James Voiss takes up in his astute analysis of forgiveness.
In this work based on the Bampton Lectures given at Oxford, Young covers key topics in the Christian faith, including creation, anthropology, Christology, soteriology, spirituality, ecclesiology, and Mariology. She connects early church theologians to our context, providing an excellent model for how to retrieve wisdom from the ancients responsibly.
When we think of religious conservatism, we likely think in terms of slogging through the trenches of the great American culture war. But does the culture war serve as a useful paradigm for understanding religious conservatism?
Satellite images show that Islamic State militants have completely destroyed a 1,400-year-old monastery, St. Elijah’s—the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. The jihadist group has destroyed other ancient sites in their attempt to establish a caliphate in Iraqi and Syrian territory. “Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled,” said Paul Thabit Habib, an Iraq-based Catholic priest. “We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land.” The monastery was taken over by U.S. troops during the Iraq War. It had been partially restored before the ISIS demolition (Newsweek, January 20).