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Temple and Contemplation

“I must boast … Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth” (2 Cor 12:1, 6).

I love working with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. If you don’t know our work, I’ll sum it up: we promote biblical literacy for the laity and biblical fluency for clergy and teachers. We sponsor conferences throughout the year. We publish a monthly guide to the lectionary readings (with homily helps). We do weekly radio spots, in English and Spanish, with cool people like Archbishop Jose Gomez and our own president Scott Hahn. We publish occasional monographs and sponsor research.

We also publish an academic journal, titled Letter and Spirit, which makes the best of current scholarly research available to a wider audience. Our authors have included Cardinals Avery Dulles and Christoph Schonborn and many renowned theologians and exegetes — Robert Louis Wilken, Romanus Cessario, O.P., Sofia Cavalletti, James Swetnam, S.J., John Cavadini, Gary Anderson, and many other luminaries.

Our most recent issue has just appeared, and it’s dazzling (if I do say so myself). Here’s a partial table of contents. (I’ll hot-link the authors’ names to their patristic works that readers of this blog should know.):

Towards a Theology of the Tabernacle and its Furniture — Gary A. Anderson

Jesus, the New Temple, and the New Priesthood–Brant Pitre

The Rejected Stone and the Living Stones: Psalm 118:22–23 and New Testament Christology and Ecclesiology–Michael Giesler

Temple, Sign, and Sacrament: Towards a New Perspective on the Gospel of John–Scott W. Hahn

Temple, Holiness, and the Liturgy of Life in Corinthians–Raymond Corriveau, C.Ss.R.

The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart–Thomas Dubay, S. M.

Living Stones in the House of God: The Temple and the Renewal of Church Architecture–Denis R. McNamara

“The Mystery of His Will”: Contemplating the Divine Plan in Ephesians–William A. Bales

“You Are Gods, Sons of the Most High”: Deification and Divine Filiation in St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Early Fathers–Daniel A. Keating

Scripture, Doctrine, and Proclamation: The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Renewal of Homiletics–John C. Cavadini


The Sign of the Temple: A Meditation–Jean Cardinal Daniélou

Church, Kingdom, and the Eschatological Temple–Yves M.-J. Cardinal Congar

And there’s more. My hat’s off to my esteemed colleagues, David Scott and Scott Hahn, for editing this stunning volume.

If I boast, it’s because I’m allowed to keep such company!

Folks who attend our conference in Pittsburgh next week will get a free copy of Letter and Spirit, Vol. 4: Temple and Contemplation: God’s Presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart.

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  1. I am really excited to hear about this issue! The theme sounds, well, heavenly! I have pored and re-pored over the first three, and I had no idea what volume 4 would center around. Awesome! Thanks for making us aware of it, Mike.

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