Thursday, December 13, 2007

"Schall on Pope Benedict and the Defense of Reason"

Fr. James V. Schall on Pope Benedict and the Defense of Reason - Interview with Ken Masugi for the Claremont Review of Books December 13, 2007.

This interview covers the relationship between reason and faith and its political implications. It explores the themes of the Pope's recent encyclical on hope (Spe Salvi) and Fr. Schall's most recent books.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why the Bewilderment? Benedict XVI on Natural Law

Ignatius Insight October 27, 2007

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fr. Schall on Benedict's "Jesus of Nazareth"

Fr. Schall: "The Regensburg Lecture"

The Regensburg Lecture St. Augustines Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2007). 176 pages.

From the Publisher Overshadowed by the violent reaction and rioting throughout the world, the September 12, 2006, lecture by Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg, Germany, at the university where he once taught, is a multifaceted and brilliant speech that addresses the very nature of man’s understanding of a free conscience, his thirst for knowledge in both reason and revelation, his understanding of the limitations of the will, and the nature of his ability to understand his neighbor. It explains the Church’s historical claims that Christ himself is Logos (as the opening of John’s Gospel proclaims), a term meaning “word,” “logic,” and “speech.” One’s faith is to be grounded in a self-limiting God, Who does not capriciously change the rules on humans but Who reveals himself to our reason as well as our hearts. A God Who respects His own creation enough to give man free will, and thus a free conscience and an ability to fail; Who leads man, through both reason and revelation, to Himself, always in peace and never in violence; Who is a God of Life, not Death.

The lecture is a mere eight single-spaced pages of text, but it encapsulates not only theoretical history of the Church, but touches on the most poignant current problems the world witnesses, namely, the rise of terrorism and the confrontation between reason and will, between the Word and the Sword. Though incredibly timely, it is as timeless as the Gettysburg Address, Pericles’ Funeral Oration, Plato’s Apology, and Henry V’s Speech on St. Crispin’s Day. No doubt it will be studied and read for generations to come, not only by Catholics, not only by Christians, but by men of good will the world over.

So it is fitting that our world’s modern G.K. Chesterton – James Schall – has chosen to explicate this most-important work by the world’s premier theologian on the thorniest, most divisive questions of our day. Jim Schall, throughout the hundreds upon hundreds of books, articles, and reviews he has written, has always, like Chesterton, maintained a graceful and accessible touch, a clear and memorable style, that makes light work from heavy sources. He is the perfect person to explain both the central concepts and the importance of this amazing speech.

Early critical response to The Regensburg Lecture - from the Publishers.


  • Review by Graham B. Glover. Christian Study Center of Gainsville, FL.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

On Saying the Tridentine Mass

Ignatius Insight August 16, 2007 (On Benedict's Motu Proprio)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, March 16, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI On Natural Law

Ignatius Insight March 16, 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Benedict on Aquinas: "Faith Implies Reason"

Ignatius Insight February 1, 2007

Tuesday, January 9, 2007