Not Less Than Everything Book Talk
Please join us for a book talk on “Not Less Than Everything”, edited by Catherine Wolff
Featuring Tobias Wolff, Ron Hansen and Bo Caldwell
Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Office for Religious Life
Date: Tuesday, 2/19/13
Location: Levinthal Hall (Humanities Center)
Joan of Arc, Mother Mary MacKillop, Ignatius of Loyola, and Bartolomé de Las Casas. All of these people have one thing in common—they are Catholics whose beliefs caused them to be persecuted, but who, through the test of time, proved to be figures revered in the Church.
In fact, many of the Catholic figures who intrigue and inspire us are the men and women who found the great strength—personal, spiritual, intellectual—to challenge the Church. Some were called heretics, denounced for denying doctrine. Others were condemned for not submitting to the control of the Church. But they have much to teach us in our own efforts to live out our faith.
It is difficult to know what to do when Church doctrine is at odds with cultural developments. From gay marriage to contraception, stem-cell research to required celibacy for priests, Catholics today are struggling with the conflict between tradition and the Church’s need to come to terms with modernity. In Not Less Than Everything, some of the best Catholic writers of our time, including Alice McDermott, Ron Hansen, Mary Gordon, Tobias Wolff, and Ann Patchett, share their personal accounts of people who have influenced the way they view the intersection of faith and culture. Not Less Than Everything is a riveting exploration of how to face the challenge of living our faith in the real and messy world.