The Mind of Maimonides
David NovakNovak writes, "No one brought forth the teaching of Moses and his prophetic
and rabbinic successors more comprehensively and systematically than did
Maimonides. More has been said and written about him than any other Jewish
thinker throughout history."
Thomas Aquinas: A Doctor for the Ages
Romanus CessarioPart of First Things' compendium of influencers in the Second Millennium,
Cessario reviews the life of the 13th Century friar whose genius still
seems fresh--and true. "[Aquinas] has something to offer everyone who is
serious about...the truth."
Dante: A Party of One
Robert HollanderA detailed reckoning of the great fourteenth-century poet Dante's life and
work--and their implications.
Columbus and the Beginning of the World
Robert RoyalRoyal presents Christopher Columbus, including his Christian motivations
and his times, how he has been used as a symbol for divergent views, etc.
He seeks to bring reality and historical accuracy to the discussion of this
Calvin and the Christian Calling
Alister McGrathOxford professor and Christian apologist Alister McGrath concludes, "The
legacy of John Calvin invites us [Christians] to engage our world, and
instructs us in how to do so with integrity"--something fundamentalism
frequently fails to do.
Pascal: The First Modern Christian
Edward T. OakesAn in-depth look into the soul of the great philosopher Blaise Pascal.
Rousseau & the Revolt Against Reason
Mary Ann Glendon"This prodigiously gifted, gravely flawed genius of the eighteenth century
was at his best when he reminded his proud contemporaries of the
limitations of science and politics.... But Rousseau's most problematic
legacy, the one that bedevils us today, has been his elevation of sincerity
over truth, and feeling over reason."
Abraham Lincoln & the Last Best Hope
Jean Bethke ElshtainElshtain concludes, "...there is no point in hoping for another Abraham
Lincoln. But one may hope that we have not entirely forgotten the
possibilities of political and moral leadership that he exemplified." She
paints a picture of a wiley, yet moral politician.
John Paul II and the Crisis of Humanism
George WeigelGeorge Weigel, author of the recently published Witness to Hope:
The Biography of John Paul II, writes, "A serious case can be made for Pope John Paul II as the man who
most singularly embodies humanity's trials and triumphs in the
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