Glen Argan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (54 of 87)
Location: Edmonton
In My Own Words:
Right now (June 2008), I am writing a series of articles on the epistles of St. Paul and reading voraciously in this area. I am editor of the Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton and also have an interest in politics, curling and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In the 2008 Alberta election, I was a candidate for the Green Party and received more votes than any Alberta Greens candidate has ever rece… Read more


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Inventing The Individual by Larry Siedentop
Inventing The Individual by Larry Siedentop
In Inventing the Individual, Larry Siedentop offers a provocative study that traces modern concepts of human rights and equality to roots that are religious rather than, as Enlightenment thinkers would have it, secular. As delicious as Siedentops argument is, however, it fails to support his conclusion that todays culture wars between secularists and Christians are founded on a historical misunderstanding.

Siedentop begins by disposing of the Enlightenment myth that thinking could be liberated from Christian superstition and tradition by refocusing on that of Greek and Roman societies which were primarily humanistic with some religious gloss on the top. In fact, he argues,… Read more
Balthasar: A (Very) Critical Introduction by Karen Kilby
In her conclusion to this book, Karen Kilby quotes theologian Fergus Kerr's comment that while Hans Urs von Balthasar is currently the most discussed Catholic theologian, he has been subjected to little criticism, "which is perhaps surprising - unless critics do not know where to start." Kilby's little book Balthasar: A (very) Critical Introduction goes a long way towards overcoming that problem. She has found and attacked the neuralgic points in Balthasar's synthesis to the point that the credibility of the Balthasarian project - as a systematic theology - is in dire need of a defence.

To take but one example - Balthasar's theology of the Trinity. Where other theologians see… Read more
What Happened at Vatican II by John W. O'Malley
What Happened at Vatican II by John W. O'Malley
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John O'Malley's book What Happened at Vatican II is bound to rekindle the debate on what is most important about the Second Vatican Council -- the so-called spirit of Vatican II or the letter of the documents the council produced.

By providing an historical account, O'Malley pretty much of necessity casts his lot with those believe the spirit was most fundamental. The story of Vatican II was one of well-educated, well-advised bishops, largely from Western Europe, helping to drag the Church's self-understanding into the modern age. There are heroes and villains, the villains largely being Vatican officials who just didn't "get it."

Telling the history, rather than the… Read more

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