Magazine October 2, 2017, Issue

The Christian Encounter

A cross in the Colosseum during the “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross) procession in Rome, April 14, 2017. (Max Rossi/Reuters)
Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom, by Julián Carrón (Notre Dame, 304 pp., $25)

‘Do we Christians still believe in the capacity of the faith we have received to attract those we encounter . . . [with] its disarming beauty?” That’s the question or challenge that Julián Carrón, head of Communion and Liberation, a lay ecclesial movement centered in Italy, puts before his reader in Disarming Beauty. The book relies heavily on the writings of Luigi Giussani, the founder of Communion and Liberation.

The essays here were originally published separately but have been reworked with the aim of creating a coherent presentation. The volume is at times diffuse and at times repetitive, yet its manner

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Thomas S. HibbsThomas S. Hibbs is the dean of the honors college and distinguished professor of philosophy at Baylor University.

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Shared Culture, Shared Beliefs Michael Lind is to be commended for trying to reunite America under “cultural nationalism” (“The Case for Cultural Nationalism,” September 11). He defines this as “an American ...
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The Week

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LOOKING EAST A Yes or No answer, black or white, is Not found staring at the ocean, much as The sea magnetizes our attention. It holds us more completely than we feel It does, the ...


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