Books

Conversations reviews a few books directly related to Jesuit higher education. These include the histories of the institutions, explorations of Jesuit spirituality and mission, and trends of higher education. The site also hosts profiles of authors, often featuring recent books by Jesuit university/college faculty.


RECENTLY Reviewed Books 

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Noted Books of interest

The Joy of Religious Pluralism: A Personal Journey by Peter C. Phan.  In this book, Phan offers “a spirited affirmation of the methods of Asian Theology” (from dust jacket). He addresses issues of Christ and the Church and also “the specific topic of religious pluralism.” A native of Vietnam, he came to the United States in 1975 and is now the Ignacio Ellacuría Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University.

The Joy of Religious Pluralism: A Personal Journey by Peter C. Phan. 

In this book, Phan offers “a spirited affirmation of the methods of Asian Theology” (from dust jacket). He addresses issues of Christ and the Church and also “the specific topic of religious pluralism.” A native of Vietnam, he came to the United States in 1975 and is now the Ignacio Ellacuría Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University.

,On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation, edited by David Vincent Meconi, S.J.  Reflecting on the early church fathers and other authorities, 14 other scholars join David Meconi, S.J., of St. Louis University to show how ancient creedal Christianity offers significant insights into our current ecological dilemmas and to consider what it means for us today to take care of God’s good creation.

,On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation, edited by David Vincent Meconi, S.J. 

Reflecting on the early church fathers and other authorities, 14 other scholars join David Meconi, S.J., of St. Louis University to show how ancient creedal Christianity offers significant insights into our current ecological dilemmas and to consider what it means for us today to take care of God’s good creation.

Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church by Julie Hanlon Rubio . This volume is part of Georgetown Press’s Moral Traditions Series. Julie Hanlon Rubio is a professor of Christian ethics at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Family Ethics: Practices for Christians and A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family. She is also a member of the Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education seminar.

Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church by Julie Hanlon Rubio

. This volume is part of Georgetown Press’s Moral Traditions Series. Julie Hanlon Rubio is a professor of Christian ethics at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Family Ethics: Practices for Christians and A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family. She is also a member of the Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education seminar.

Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader, Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J., editors. This volume gathers foundational documents in Jesuit education translated from Latin originals. It is the first volume in the new series: Sources for the History of Jesuit Pedagogy.

Jesuit Pedagogy, 1540-1616: A Reader, Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J., editors.

This volume gathers foundational documents in Jesuit education translated from Latin originals. It is the first volume in the new series: Sources for the History of Jesuit Pedagogy.

Without the Least Tremor: The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato’s Phaedo, by M. Ross Romero, S.J This volume is part of the SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Ross Romero, S.J., is an assistant professor of philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Without the Least Tremor: The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato’s Phaedo, by M. Ross Romero, S.J

This volume is part of the SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Ross Romero, S.J., is an assistant professor of philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jesuit Contribution to Science: A History, by Agustín Udías TIn this historical survey, Agustín Udías surveys the contributions of Jesuits and of Jesuit schools; it includes the deep involvement of these schools in the more modern science of seismology. Agustín Udías is an emeritus professor at Complutense University of Madrid; he earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from Saint Louis University.

Jesuit Contribution to Science: A History, by Agustín Udías

TIn this historical survey, Agustín Udías surveys the contributions of Jesuits and of Jesuit schools; it includes the deep involvement of these schools in the more modern science of seismology. Agustín Udías is an emeritus professor at Complutense University of Madrid; he earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from Saint Louis University.

A Culture of Engagement: Law, Religion, and Morality, by Cathleen Kaveny.  This volume is part of Georgetown Press’s Moral Traditions Series. Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College with appointments in both the theology departmentand the law school.

A Culture of Engagement: Law, Religion, and Morality, by Cathleen Kaveny. 

This volume is part of Georgetown Press’s Moral Traditions Series. Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College with appointments in both the theology departmentand the law school.

What Do You Seek? : The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise, by Michael J. Buckley, S.J. Michael J. Buckley, S.J., is the Bea Professor of Theology Emeritus at Santa Clara University; he has also taught at Boston College, the University of Notre Dame, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Among other books, he also wrote At the Origins of Modern Atheism.

What Do You Seek? : The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise, by Michael J. Buckley, S.J.

Michael J. Buckley, S.J., is the Bea Professor of Theology Emeritus at Santa Clara University; he has also taught at Boston College, the University of Notre Dame, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Among other books, he also wrote At the Origins of Modern Atheism.

Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice, by Belden C. Lane Belden Lane is professor emeritus of theological studies, American religion, and history of spirituality at Saint Louis University. He is also the author of The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality and other works.

Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice, by Belden C. Lane

Belden Lane is professor emeritus of theological studies, American religion, and history of spirituality at Saint Louis University. He is also the author of The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality and other works.

Building the Human City: William F. Lynch's Ignatian Spirituality for Public Life by John F. Kane.  This book is a first overview of the award-winning yet quite diverse works of Jesuit philosopher William F. Lynch. Writing from the 1950s to the mid-1980s, Lynch was among the first to warn against the fierce polarizations prevalent in our culture wars and political life. 

Building the Human City: William F. Lynch's Ignatian Spirituality for Public Life by John F. Kane. 

This book is a first overview of the award-winning yet quite diverse works of Jesuit philosopher William F. Lynch. Writing from the 1950s to the mid-1980s, Lynch was among the first to warn against the fierce polarizations prevalent in our culture wars and political life. 


Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Korea.