2009_Catholic William F Buckley           2010_Newman and the Intellectual Tradition           2011_The Catholic Shakespeare           2012_Modern Science, Ancient Faith           2013_Catholicism and the American Experience


The Catholic William F. Buckley

2009_Catholic William F BuckleyWilliam F. Buckley Jr. was a prominent conservative American political commentator, who was known for his rhetorical brilliance and frequent wit. In his eighty-two- plus years, he founded National Review, wrote fifty-five books, thousands of columns, hosted hundreds of Firing Line television shows, and became recognized as the founder of the modern conservative movement. The first major conference on William F. Buckley Jr. was convened by the Portsmouth Institute, in 2009, specifically to explore the role William F. Buckley Jr.’s Catholic faith played in the formation of his thought and work. This volume of the Portsmouth Review, edited by Portsmouth Institute director James MacGuire, contains the proceedings of that conference with contributions by James L. Buckley, Peter Flanigan, Father George Rutler, Maggie Gallagher, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Roger Kimball, Joseph Bottum, E.J. Dionne, Lee Edwards, Clark Judge and Neal Freeman. There are additional articles by Christopher Buckley and Doms Damian Kearney and Paschal Scotti O.S.B.

William F. Buckley, Jr., though blessed with an impervious faith, was not always predictable in his Catholic views. He resisted reforms of Vatican II, questioned many of the Church’s teachings, and was the first to confess that he was no theologian. With all this in mind, The Catholic William F. Buckley Jr. is an essential resource for understanding what animated and inspired one of the great public intellectuals of the second half of the 20st century.

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Newman and the Intellectual Tradition

2010_Newman and the Intellectual TraditionNewman and the Intellectual Tradition highlights the proceedings of the 2010 Portsmouth Institute on Newman and the Intellectual Tradition. John Henry Newman was an Anglican priest for two decades in the 1800’s, and was one of the founders of the Oxford Movement, which sought to reinvigorate the Church of England. In 1845 he left the Anglican Church to convert to Roman Catholicism. He was ordained a priest soon after, and was elevated to Cardinal in 1879. The richness of Newman’s thought and the felicity of his prose remain powerful and provocative today. This book includes speeches, articles, and thoughts about Newman from a distinguished array of speakers. They successfully explore Cardinal Newman’s far ranging life and thought. For anyone wanting to further their own understanding of Cardinal Newman’s character this is a must-read.

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The Catholic Shakespeare?

2011_The Catholic ShakespeareThe Catholic Shakespeare gives an inside looks at the 2011 Portsmouth Institute conference, offering different takes from speakers to Shakespearean plays. Each speaker offers compelling evidence and some suggestions about the basis and meaning behind his plays as they relate to a Catholic view. Dr. Gerard Kilroy, University College, London, assembles linguistic and thematic cues to suggest Romeo and Juliet as an allegory for believers and the Catholic Church. Dennis Taylor, Boston College, takes a more historical approach in his review of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, tracing Catholic links to early efforts to explore the Americas. And, finally, Fr. David Beauregard, St. Clement seminary, takes a religious and philosophical look at relationships, charity, and the development of virtue in The Tempest. The Catholic Shakespeare is a must-read for anyone interested in the mystery behind Shakespeare’s religion.

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Modern Science, Ancient Faith

2012_Modern Science, Ancient FaithModern Science, Ancient Faith brings together the proceedings of the annual Portsmouth Institute conference. The Modern Science, Ancient Faith conference asked tough questions, such as whether or not faith can exist in a world where science demonstrates ever more details of creation and the evolution of human life? And, is there a place for science among those who believe that the Book of Genesis is God’s inspired revelation?

This volume includes contributions from a range of perspectives, including scientists, philosophers, and theologians. It features essays from noted commentators on the science and religion debate, such as John Haught’s lecture, Evolution and Faith, William Dembski on a proof of God’s existence, and Michael Ruse on how we can make room for faith in our increasingly technological age. Modern Science, Ancient Faith brings readers into lively debate about thorny, yet essential, questions of faith and reason today.

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Catholicism and the American Experience

2013_Catholicism and the American ExperienceWhat does it mean to be Catholic in America? Catholicism and the American Experience features essays from Robert George, Peter Steinfels, George Weigel, E. J. Dionne, and many more, exploring the unique elements of American Catholicism. The volume highlights the proceedings of the fifth annual Portsmouth Institute conference.

This collection of essays addresses the topic of Catholicism and the American Experience from diverse points of view. They discuss thorny topics such as the relationship between the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and religious freedom, what it means to be Catholic in a secular age, and the current state of Catholic art. Essays also explore subjects ranging from New Evangelization in the church to Catholic leadership.

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