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In 1930, the English Catholic publisher, Sheed and Ward, brought out a book called A Monument to St Augustine, with chapters contributed by contemporary Catholic luminaries, English and Continental. Sheed and Ward republished the book in 1945, and it was reprinted in several paperback editions, beginning in 1957, under the name St Augustine: His Age, Life, and Thought. This useful companion...

It can sometimes seem that killing people ­- somehow putting them to death ­- possesses enduring appeal, the allure of it circulating deeply and even ineradicably in the human condition. At one level, of course, not all killings are the same. On one side there is what we might call regulated killing: just wars,...

  This sculpture, from the fourth century, depicts Christ as a teacher, seated and wearing the pallium that is the distinctive garb of the philosopher. Christ holds the scroll that contains his teaching in his left hand while gesturing (as teachers do) with his right. Now in the Pio-Christian Museum in the Vatican, this...