INTERVIEW: Humans Become God? Yes, It’s Catholic Theology

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A new book, Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, offers essays from more than a dozen Catholic scholars and theologians to examine what this process of “deification” means in their respective areas of study. ZENIT asked editor Fr. David Meconi, S.J., to tell us about this doctrine, which might sound anything but Catholic, and about the book.

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Reading the Qur'an in the 21st Century – A Contextualist Approach

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There is a need when reading the Quran in the 21st century, so everyone can understand and identify with it and the importance of looking at previous verses and the verses after it – a contextualist approach is needed. Prof. Abdullah Saeed of the Centre for Islamic Excellence has written one such text on this topic.

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America's Blessings

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Events in Egypt may well raise concerns again about the role of religion in society. While extremism or violence in the name of religion is certainly deplorable, overall religion is a positive influence. Author Rodney Stark concludes so in America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists.

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Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison

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Joshua Dubler’s Down in the Chapel opens with a scene of surprising calm for a book about maximum-security prisons. Al, a devout if extreme Protestant, and Baraka, a Warith Deen Mohammed Muslim, are debating the knowability of God’s intentions. Al thinks God is totally accessible, while Baraka disagrees. The two lightly bicker back and forth, but their tone is respectful. When asked how they remain so calm, Baraka jokes, “The creator made the world and said, ‘Have at it, fellas.’”

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Mullahs Without Mercy

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Geoffrey Robertson is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading human rights lawyers, making frequent appearances in the European Court of Human Rights, and has been counsel in many landmark constitutional, criminal and media law cases. In Mullahs Without Mercy Mr Robertson argues that a nuclear armed Iran could trigger a local and possibly global war.

Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how to avoid war in the Middle East and a catastrophic nuclear disaster.

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