Book Review

Authors’ liberationist vision links the poor and non-poor

03282014p21pha.jpgIN THE COMPANY OF THE POOR: CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. PAUL FARMER AND FR. GUSTAVO GUTIÉRREZ
Edited by Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block
Published by Orbis Books, $24

Book Review

Crossing the color line through solidarity

08162013p17phb.jpgHOPE SINGS, SO BEAUTIFUL: GRACED ENCOUNTERS ACROSS THE COLOR LINE
By Christopher Pramuk
Published by Liturgical Press, $19.95

Book Review

Charity is the best response to a broken world

MORALITY IN SOCIAL LIFE
By Sergio Bastianel
Published by Convivium Press, $32.99

In Morality in Social Life, Sergio Bastianel combines questions of fundamental moral theology and political philosophy with concepts from more modern approaches in narrative ethics. While questions of conscience, free responsibility, good versus evil, and charity versus justice are always important, he contends these questions cannot and should not be separated from the communities and stories that shape them. This being said, it follows that consciences communicate in the social sphere, that the personal is political, and that "it is not possible to privatize the ethical experience."

Book Review

Fasting from authority and its 'reverse miracles'

IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD: DWELLING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SACRED
By Sam Keen
Published by Random House, $23

Sam Keen’s latest work calls us to recover our original experiences of the sacred in order to transcend both the tired traditions of world religions and the overwhelming myths of modern consumer culture. Keen’s book speaks to those chronically dissatisfied persons who seek something beyond the confining fundamentalisms of religion, atheism, and what Keen calls “American exceptionalism.”