Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

Logos, subtitled A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal publishing articles about Christianity as it is rooted in and shaped by Catholicism and is published quarterly by the Philosophy Documentation Center of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., for theologians, philosophers, historians, teachers and students.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter

A New Heart: Jacques-Benigne Bossuet on Conversion
O mon Dieu ... creez en moi un coeur nouveau. LOUISE DE LA VALLIERE (1) TOWARD THE END OF HIS LIFE, Richard Rorty summarized the aspiration of his "philosophical project" with this statement: "We hope to do to Nature, Reason and Truth what the...
"Behold a Pale Horse": Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the "Experience of Nothingness"
THE PROBLEM ADDRESSED in this article is "the experience of nothingness," the feeling of meaninglessness, both as it appears in the experience of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and as her experience speaks to that phenomenon in the world today....
For the Profession of Madame De la Valliere
Et dixit qui sedebat in throno: Ecce nova facio omnia RV 21:5 Madame, GREAT SHALL BE THE SPECTACLE when the one seated on the throne upon which the universe is established, the one to whom it costs no more to do a thing than to say it because...
Francis Poulenc, Profane and Sacred
IN THE PARISIAN world of musical composition between World War I and World War II, Francis Poulenc was not deemed a first-tier composer. Foremost at that level were Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. By 1958, however, when Leonard Bernstein and the...
Preface
MUSIC AND POETRY THRIVE within a vision of life that has been informed by an incarnational theology. When we view these arts with confidence that our embodiment is blessed and the material world is capable of conveying the sacred, their richness becomes...
"Religion and Culture" and "Faith and the Renewal of Society" in Christopher Dawson and Pope Benedict XVI
CULTURE FIRST FOUND a place in the Church's magisterial teaching during the Second Vatican Council. Gaudium et Spes in particular contains an entire chapter on culture. (1) The document strongly states that "it is a feature of the human person that...
The Confessions of Walker Percy
"I would meet you upon this honestly." "GERONTION," T.S. ELIOT "I have only in my life carried to an extreme what you have not dared to carry halfway, and what's more, you have taken your cowardice for good sense, and have found comfort in...
The Sacred Is Still Beautiful: The Liturgical and Theological Aesthetics of Pope Benedict XVI
IN HIS POSTSYNODAL APOSTOLIC exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI wrote that the "liturgy is inherently linked to beauty: it is veritatis splendor" (35). The veritatis splendor, which the liturgy reveals is Jesus Christ himself, who...
Truth and Lies in a Chestertonian Sense: Father Brown and the Fault of the Depraved Saint
I. IN HIS ESSAY, "Everybody's Protest Novel," (1) James Baldwin argues that "society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the...
Virtuous Meat Consumption: A Virtue Ethics Defense of an Omnivorous Way of Life
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ETHICISTS and moral theologians have not, for the most part, attempted a serious ethical defense of an omnivorous way of life. Those who take the question of eating meat seriously from both an ethical and theological perspective...