"FPA is like a breath of fresh are . . . Shadowlands deals with the mystery of human suffering . . . I can imagine many enthusiastic discussions that the play might provide."
"Mr. Gerroll and Ms. Abramson are appealing comic actors, smartly restrained and surrounded by a strong company."
"Shadowlands blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to engage the intellect."
"A thoughtful and statisfying review . . . Under Christa Scott-Reed's direction, the exceptional cast catches every nuance of this fine play."
"Beautifully acted by Gerroll and Abramson and directed with quiet sympathy by Christa Scott-Reed, the production has the effect of a prayer delivered tenderly and even humorously."
"Pope Francis and the Caring Society responds to Pope Francis?s call for dialog with a clarion critique of redistributive bromides and bureaucracies. Grounded in the Judeo-Christian principles of liberty, subsidiarity, and civic virtue, this luminous work shines through and shrivels the sanctimonious smog of socialist levelers who wreak demoralization and poverty wherever they rule."
"Ever since the publication of Pope Francis's quite lengthy encyclical, we have needed a careful look at its suppositions, economic, ecological, and philosophical. Pope Francis and the Caring Society more than meets that need. Laudato si's concerns can mostly be met but usually by means other than those suggested in the document. At bottom, the real question this book clearly addresses is, what is the ?practical reasoning? about man?s ability to exercise 'dominion' over the earth?"
"Pope Francis and the Caring Society is hardly 'for Catholics only,' and it will stimulate and challenge readers of diverse intellectual, theological, and ideological stripes."
"The Pope's teaching warrants respectful but critical appraisal and receives it in the important book, Pope Francis and the Caring Society."
"Pope Francis and the Caring Society is a stunning achievement. It is high-level scholarship put in prose that is accessible to the lay reader. And it is must reading for biblical exegetes, theologians, pastors and Christian leaders in general because, in a fair and careful way, the book brings conceptual economic clarity to those who often speak to and for the church about matters economical without the training to do so. One main purpose of the book is to clarify and defend the proposition that the teachings of Jesus (and scripture generally) set the ends for Christians (and many of these ends are set for everyone by way of natural law) regarding a cluster of related issues taken up within its pages, but it is the science of economics that provides knowledge of the best means to reach those ends. Much---usually unintentional---harm has been done by people who have failed to learn the economic justification for those means, but with the publication of Pope Francis and the Caring Society, that problem can now be laid to rest. A marvelous book."
"Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears like a team of economists forced to study the encyclical Laudato Si' in theory and then wonder if it might work in practice. . . . it provides the sound economic and ecological teaching that is missing in the debate. Such issues need to be addressed urgently to dispel confusion. . . . the book initiates a debate that has the added benefit of educating its readers on the Church's teaching on many issues like natural law and other moral and economic principles that would otherwise remain clouded. This alone makes the book valuable. . . . In today?s brutal world, it is refreshing to see a civilized debate that is carried out with great respect and reverence."
"At a time when those today most responsible for transmitting Catholic social teaching need urgently to be reminded of some cause-and-effect realities essential to it, Pope Francis and the Caring Society provides us with many necessary reminders, readably and soundly."
"The important book Pope Francis and the Caring Society makes a crucial point: It is not enough to have good intentions. How one attempts to fulfill them may override."
"We are all called to serve and care humbly for others, especially those most in need, but how we do so is crucial in guiding our moral responsibility. Firmly rooted in our Christian tradition, the incisive and timely book, Pope Francis and the Caring Society, carefully examines this vital issue by applying natural-law ethical and economic principles."
A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.
"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
“Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
In its November 7, 2005 issue, Time magazine noted the following about the world-renowned Oxford/Cambridge scholar and best-selling author C.S. Lewis:
“In 1947, a Time cover story hailed Lewis as ‘one of the most influential spokesmen for Christianity in the English-speaking world.’ Now, 58 years later (and 42 years after his death, in 1963), he could arguably be called the hottest theologian.”
Indeed, C. S. Lewis’s books sell at an astounding rate worldwide, and in his extensive and immensely popular work, he very effectively champions objective truth, goodness, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and Christian faith. In his professional writings, Lewis was a literary critic, novelist, poet, essayist, and man of letters. His work captures a grandeur, precision, wit, imagination and insight seldom matched by others, and in the process, he articulately critiques the materialism, reductionism, scientism, collectivism, nihilism, statism, and de-humanization of the modern era.
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Instructor, The Academy of Art University
Research Fellow, The Independent Institute
Michael D. Aeschliman
Professor of Education, Boston University; Director, Erasmus Institute, Switzerland
Jonathan J. Bean
Professor of History, Southern Illinois University
Arthur C. Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Paul A. Cleveland
Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College
G. Marcus Cole
Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Stanford University
James T. Como
Professor of Rhetoric and Public Communication, York College, City University of New York
Stephen T. Davis
Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College
David C. Downing
R. W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabethtown College
Freeman J. Dyson
Professor Emeritus of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University;
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Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
Thomas P. Flint
Professor of Philosophy and Director
Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame
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Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Ursinus College
Peter J. Hill
George F. Bennett Chair of Economics Emeritus, Wheaton College
Laurence R. Iannaccone
Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society
Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University
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Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas
Peter J. Kreeft
Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
John C. Lennox
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green Templeton College
Wilfred M. McClay
SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
Marjorie Lamp Mead
Associate Director, The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
J. P. Moreland
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
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Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chairholder, Texas A&M School of Law
Robert H. Nelson
Senior Fellow, The Independent institute;
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
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Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
J. I. Packer
Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College, Canada
Jellema Chair in Philosophy, Calvin College; John O’Brien Chair of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Sir John C. Polkinghorne
Retired President, Queens’ College; Templeton Prize Laureate;
former Professor of Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University
Mary S. Poplin
Professor of Educational Studies and Director, Institute for Education in Transformation
Claremont Graduate University
Stephen G. Post
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
Stony Brook University
Peter J. Schakel
Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English, Hope College
Jeffrey P. Schloss
Professor of Biology, Westmont College
University Professor of Social Sciences
Co-Director and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
Edward P. Stringham
President and Director of Research and Education at the American Institute for Economic Research; Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation and Deputy Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment, Trinity College
Eleonore A. Stump
Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University
Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College
Jerry L. Walls
Professor of Philosophy, Asbury Theological Seminary
Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University; Professor of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University
Robert M. Whaples
Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia; Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University