Michael Henry

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Michael Henry is a Board Member of VoegelinView, Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York, and was editor of The Library of Conservative Thought series at Transaction Publishers (1998-2016). His latest book is The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings of Gerhart Niemeyer (St. Augustine's, 2013).

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Where is God in Suffering? Brendan Purcell.  Veritas Publications, Dublin, 2016.
The apparent injustice of bad things happening to good people—as well as the reverse—has for many been a stumbling block for faith in God.  To the Theodicy question that asks how evil and suffering can be reconciled with an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God, a number of answers have been proposed—all…

Political Religion and the Death of God. Linda C. Raeder. N. Palm Beach: Sanctuary Cove Publishing, 2017.
Although it seems more appropriate to call this slender volume an essay rather than a book, it nonetheless contains a dense summary of what political religions are and how they have made so much progress in replacing Christianity in the modern world. Raeder, a…

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. Svetlana Alexievich, tr. Bela Shayevich.  New York: Random House, 2016.
One of Dostoevsky’s more profound and even prophetic philosophical questions is posed by Ivan, the intellectual, to his younger brother Alyosha, the aspiring monk, in The Brothers Karamazov: Would he find the torture of one child acceptable if it was somehow the necessary means…

Although Augustine wrote several books that are dialogues his Confessions, composed as a prayer, does not at first seem to be one of them.  It appears rather to be a lengthy monologue addressed to God in which Augustine, in order to inspire in his readers a similar metanoia, reprises his internal peregrinatio that culminated, midway through the book, in the…
The Fool of New York Michael O'Brien

The Fool of New York City.  Michael D. O’Brien.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2016.
Those who have read some of Michael D. O’Brien’s novels might think they know what to expect in his most recent work: a devout Catholic struggling with numerous difficulties, or a lapsed or lukewarm Catholic who will eventually reawaken to fervent belief, or the war between faith…
Martin Heidegger 5

Unlike the word “modern,” which in common usage usually connotes progress and improvement over the past, “modernity” is a more abstract, less commonly used word that is often pejorative, suggesting the negative cultural underside of “progress.”  The  “culture war” in which the Western world is currently engaged is a contest between those who regard the modern age of secularism, scientism,…
O'Brien Elijah Jerusalem

Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel. Michael D. O’Brien. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015.
Michael D. O’Brien’s eleventh novel, Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel, is also the third installment of what has become his Father Elijah trilogy. The first (although not first in the order of publication) was Sophia House: A Novel, which told the story of the Hasidic youth David Schäfer…
O'Brien Strangers And Sojourners

Michael D. O'Brien. Plague Journal. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.
Michael D. O'Brien.  Eclipse of the Sun. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998.
Michael D. O’Brien. Strangers and Sojourners. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997
One way to introduce Michael D. O’Brien is with a scene in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. High on soma one clear moonless night, Henry and Lenina remain “happily…
O'Brien Theophilos

Michael D. O’Brien. Voyage to Alpha Centauri. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2013.
Michael D. O’Brien. Theophilos. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.
Michael D. O’Brien. Island of the World. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.
In the first two parts of this three-part review essay I discussed novels by Michael O’Brien that, despite their differences, had much in common, since their stories all took place in…
O'Brien Father Elijah

Michael D. O’Brien.  Sophia House. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005.
Michael D. O’Brien.  A Cry of Stone. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003.
Michael D. O’Brien. Father Elijah: An Apocalypse. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997.
The End Times
In previous reviews (“Everyman in Quest of His Wholeness”, Voegelinview, November 25, 2012), I discussed Michael O’Brien’s novel The Father’s Tale and the Delaney family trilogy in his…