Theology & Spirituality

Weekly Reads (December 6)

Hello, readers! Here is a round-up of different religion, theology, and current events articles from our own authors and across the internet.

The following articles do not necessarily reflect the views or mission of Conciliar Post. These articles have been selected based on their prevalence across popular blogs and social media and their relevance to current events. We invite you to engage in friendly and positive discussion about these articles.

If you read something thought-provoking or well-written that did not make this list, please share the link with us in the comments section.

Conciliar Post

Dr. David Brown, “Heroes, Legends, and Bones: Part 1”

Laura Norris, “Why Study Church History?”

Jacob Prahlow, “Reflections on Suffering (Part Two)”

Christopher Cameron Smith, “The Church is Not a Mall”

Jeff Reid, “When My Impact Is Small”

Johanna Byrkett, “Home”

From Our Authors

Ryan Shinkel, Ethika Politika, “Two Catholic Camps Worth Debating”

Jacob Prahlow, Pursuing Veritas, “Luther’s Two Kingdoms: Christian Passivity?” (Part of an on-going series on Luther’s Two Kingdoms theology)

Ben Cabe, Ben Cabe Blog,  “A Children’s Guide to Divine Liturgy” (Book Review)

Amanda Barber, Amanda Barber, “When We Are Rude”

Across the Internet

Kevin Jones, National Catholic Register, “United Nations Halts Syrian Refugee Food Program

George Weigel, First Things, “Books for Christmas”

Kirsten Acuna, Business Insider, “Stephen Colbert Explains Why the Controversial New Star Wars’ Lightsaber Is ‘Perfect’

Sidney Callahan, America Magazine, “Centering Prayer: Contemplative Practice for the 21st Century”

Timothy Kirchoff, Ethika Politika, “Universities Must Fashion, Not Just ‘Find,’ Catholic Faculty” 

Barbara Hollingsworth, CNSNews, “Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Anti-Socialist, Pro-Liberty Message”

Peter J. Leithart, First Things, “Spirit in the Flesh”

Joseph Pearce, Imaginative Conservative, “Distributism in the Shire: The Political Kinship of Tolkien and Belloc”


Laura Norris

Laura Norris

Laura Norris is a Catholic, freelance writer, running coach, and outdoor enthusiast. She holds a master's degree in Theological Studies and now works as a running blogger and coach as, in the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, "a woman for others" in helping others live a healthy life and achieve their goals. She and her husband live on the Eastside of Seattle and spend their time running their own businesses and hiking in the mountains.

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