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Volume 73
Volume 73
Volume 73
Volume 73
Volume 73
Volume 73
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Guests on Volume 73: Richard John Neuhaus, Nigel Cameron, Carlos F. Gomez, and Michael Uhlmann, on the meaning and value of human life, the vocation of medicine, the logic of autonomous individualism, and the temptation of suicide and euthanasia; Patrick Carey, on the perceptive (and peregrinating) thought of Orestes Brownson; John W. O’Malley, on the prophetic, academic, humanistic, and artistic vectors of Western culture; Patricia Owen, on what makes good childrens books and on how the Newbery Medal winners have changed over time; Susan Srigley, on the sacramental and incarnational fiction of Flannery O’Connor; and Ralph C. Wood, on Flannery O’Connor as “hill-billy Thomist” and sympathizer with backwoods religion.

The deaths of Terri Schiavo (1963-2005) and Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) raised questions about moral, ethical, and legal concerns tied to end-of-life issues, questions that several guests have addressed on previous issues of the Journal. In order to identify and clarify these concerns, some of the guests interviews have been republished in part; the interviews of Father Richard John Neuhaus, bioethicist Nigel Cameron, physician Carlos F. Gomez, and legal scholar Michael Uhlmann offer wisdom for thinking through the Schiavo and Pope John Paul II cases, and also for contemplating other similar matters. Neuhaus and Cameron discuss how modern abilities to take and make life threaten the age-old understanding and definition of human nature, and suggest that society, in order to retain and strengthen that understanding, needs to reclaim the notion of the inherent dignity of human life. Gomez notes that the state has had, traditionally, a vested interest in protecting and preserving vulnerable and innocent human life but, in recent years, that interest has waned. Uhlmann confirms Gomezs observations, explaining that Americas legal institutions, the Supreme Court included, have neglected legally protecting innocent human life as they have been trying to accommodate a modern philosophy that elevates individual freedom and autonomy above other goods.

Patrick Carey, professor and author of Orestes A. Brownson: American Religious Weathervane explains why Brownson could be likened to a weathervane. Brownson (1803-1876) was an American intellectual who wrote essays, tracts, and magazine articles on matters of philosophy, theology, and politics. Late in life he converted to Roman Catholicism, but he ascribed to other religious doctrines before being received — he was first a Presbyterian, but then wandered through Methodism, Universalism, Unitarianism, and Transcendentalism on the way to becoming Roman Catholic. While Brownsons allegiances in his religious convictions did shift over the years, his allegiances in his work only seemed to shift; his thought is dialectic, states Carey, and has continuity even as one side of it is emphasized while the other is not. For example, although there were times when he wrote about the necessity for freedom instead of authority and order, and other times when he wrote about the necessity for the latter instead of the former, he actually always believed that they both need the other if either is to thrive without becoming distorted.

Embedded in the history of the West are four distinct styles of thought and expression that explain much about the tensions at work in todays culture. Professor John W. OMalley discusses these four styles and his book, The Four Cultures of the West. The first of the four cultures, he says, the prophetic, makes proclamations about the need for social change; the last of the four is that of art and performance. The second culture, which is keen on argument and analysis, thrives on perpetual questioning and finds its home in the academy and the professions. It is intent on pursuing progress and scientific and technological knowledge, OMalley states, and has co-opted culture three, the literary and humanistic culture of poetry, rhetoric, and service to the public good.

Childrens book critic Patricia Owen describes the major literary award for childrens books, how winners of the award have changed in character since its inception, and what to keep in mind when choosing a book for a child. The Newbery Medal, awarded yearly beginning in 1922, honors childrens books for their literary merit. Early winners of the award portrayed strong communities, with their protagonists either settling into a community during the tale, or already belonging to one at the beginning of the story; but starting in the 1970s and 1980s, says Owen, the books became more individualistic in tone, portraying their protagonists as separate from communities and not in need of others to make it through troublesome times. Owen states that medal winners are supposed to be appropriate for children ages nine to fourteen, but not all of them are. Although they all are literarily excellent, some are more appropriate for older teenagers than they are for pre- and early teenagers.

Professor Susan Srigley discusses the ethical vision at the heart of author Flannery OConnors work. In Flannery OConnors Sacramental Art Srigley notes that OConnors fiction is, in part, trying to make sense of why people act as they do. In order to understand this, she depicts how they interact with the world and people around them. Such concrete realities as these, she understood, point to the divine, mysterious source of creation that evokes actions and reactions from people and which is manifested in the material. Because OConnors work acknowledges that the spiritual is present in the material, it is called sacramental, says Srigley; and it is known as incarnational, she adds, because it understands that the spiritual can only be known through the physical.

Professor Ralph Wood discusses his introduction to Flannery OConnors fiction and his book, Flannery OConnor and the Christ-Haunted South. When Wood first read OConnor in college, he was dually impressed with how she was funny and devoutly Christian, and with how she turned the world he knew — the world of the Baptist, rural, fundamentalist South — into world-class literature. Wood identifies the dominant mode of OConnors work, and he distinguishes between satire and humor. Satire is laughter at another, and while it does exist in OConnors work, she is more humorous than satiric. In other words, explains Wood, she spends more time laughing at herself (and characters who are similar to her) than at others.

Embedded in the history of the West are four distinct styles of thought and expression that explain much about the tensions at work in todays culture. Professor John W. OMalley discusses these four styles and his book, The Four Cultures of the West. The first of the four cultures, he says, the prophetic, makes proclamations about the need for social change; the last of the four is that of art and performance. The second culture, which is keen on argument and analysis, thrives on perpetual questioning and finds its home in the academy and the professions. It is intent on pursuing progress and scientific and technological knowledge, OMalley states, and has co-opted culture three, the literary and humanistic culture of poetry, rhetoric, and service to the public good.