Book reviews in Commonweal

Commonweal cover.jpgA recent issue of the magazine Commonweal features book reviews by two members of the Boston College community. Canisius Professor James F. Keenan, S.J., director of the Jesuit Institute, reviewed American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global by John T. McGreevy. McGreevy’s book explains how deep and pervasive American anti-Jesuit sentiments were, why they were so extreme, and how they were overcome. Fr. Keenan writes that American Jesuits and the World is “extraordinarily rewarding” adding, “I had no idea of how deep and pervasive American anti-Jesuit sentiments were.” Inaugural Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Alan Wolfe reviewed Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow by Steven B. Smith. The author writes about how to think about modernity without resorting to endless negation. Wolfe praises Smith’s clarity of thinking, yet finds shortcomings in the collection of essays he has assembled.

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