Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Honors College, talks about his belief that “a solid scholarly component that involves careful historical and theological research” in the church will lead to a renewal in the liturgy and in the overall life of the church. “This is not to say that a liturgical quality is simply a matter of scholarship, but it is true that bad scholarship has harmed the liturgy, so we’re trying to reverse some of that,” Foley said.
Ralph Wood, Ph.D., University Professor of Literature and Theology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an affiliate faculty in the Great Texts Program, talks about the newest “forever” stamp featuring an image of award-winning American author Flannery O’Connor. Wood is the author of the 2005 book “Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.” “Her inclusion on U.S. postage stamps is a triumph for both American authors and American Catholics,” Wood said. (Corresponding picture of Flannery O'Connor in 1947; stamp image courtesy of the USPS)
With a few exceptions, the much-anticipated finale of the critically acclaimed television show “Mad Men” was a disappointment, writes Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Baylor Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture, in this review. The ending was “a betrayal of the very dramatic strengths of the series, its sense of how illusory happiness is and its sobering skepticism about the prospects for character change.”