Deep in Scripture August 4, 2010

Today's Topic: Psalm 43

Special Guest: Dr. Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-twenties, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of fifty. Howard is an English professor (recently retired, after nearly forty years of teaching), who taught at Gordon College and then at St. John's Seminary. He is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar. - information taken from http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/authors/thomashoward.asp

Psalms 43: 1-5

[1] Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me!

[2] For thou art the God in whom I take refuge; why hast thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

[3] Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling!

[4] Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God.

[5] Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

Dr. Thomas Howard’s Books

Evangelical Is Not Enough - In this deeply moving narrative, Thomas Howard describes his pilgrimage from Evangelicalism to liturgical Christianity. He describes Evangelicalism with great sympathy and then examines more formal, liturgical worship with the freshness of someone discovering for the first time what his soul had always hungered for. This is a book of apologetics without polemics. Non-Catholics will gain an appreciation of the formal and liturgical side of Catholicism. Catholics will see with fresh eyes the beauty of their tradition.

Lead, Kindly Light – Through his prolific and highly regarded writing, Thomas Howard’s name is familiar to Protestants and Catholics alike, but many have never heard the story of his conversion to Catholicism. With grace, charm, and wit Dr. Howard describes his journey from Evangelicalism to Anglicanism and finally to the Church of Rome. In a world saturated with fashionable unbelief, Howard’s testimony inspires and informs. Fr. Richard Neuhaus calls it “a marvelously engaging remembrance.”

On Being Catholic – In his first full-length book since converting to Roman Catholicism over ten years ago. Thomas Howard presents his wonderful, refreshing insights on the “glad tidings” of the deeper meaning of Catholic piety, dogma, spirituality, vision and practice, rendered in the unique style of prose for which he is well- known. The book’s chapters take the form of lay meditations on Catholic teaching and practice, opening up in practical and simple terms the richness at work in virtually every detail of Catholic prayer, piety, liturgy and experience.

Dove Descending: A Journey Into T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets – Throughout the world, many consider T.S. Eliot to be the most important and influential poet of the 20th century, and Four Quartets to be his finest poem and greatest literary achievement. Dove Descending is a journey into the beauties and depths of Eliot’s masterpiece written by Thomas Howard, bestselling author, professor and critic.

In this line-by-line commentary, Howard unravels the complexities of the sublime poem with such adept adroitness that even its most difficult passages spring to life. During his many years as a professor of English and Literature, Howard taught this poem often, and developed what he calls “a reading” approach to its concepts that render their meaning more lucid for the reader. Dove Descending reunites the brilliant insights of a master teacher whose understanding and love of Eliot’s writings are shared here for the great benefit of the reader.

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