One of the more challenging books of the year was Facing Up to Real Doctrinal Difference (Angelico Press, 2015) by Robert Magliola. Dr. Magliola, who has studied Buddhism for decades, is to be commended for being sympathetic without being syncretistic in showing how Catholics can better understand Buddhism without glossing over serious differences in belief. Magliola’s use of Derrida will likely perplex some readers, but the second half of his book is especially informative and helpful. I found Dr. Paul Kengor’s book Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage (WND Books, 2015) to also be challenging—but for a different reason. There were times, in reading in his pull-no-punches history of leftism vs. marriage that I was almost sick, especially in reading about the hedonistic lifestyles of Sixties’ revolutionaries. But Kengor is not sensationalistic; rather, the material is often startling and repulsive. Required reading for those trying to connect .
The great Catholic polemicist Hilaire Belloc, an Englishman of French ancestry, remembered Islamâs past and predicted, in his book The Great Heresies, that it would one day challenge the West again.
Waiting for Christmas With Hilaire Belloc - Crisis Magazine
Better known, of course, is Hilaire Belloc. Reading Essays of a Catholic today one is struck at how penetrating and wise his essays remain. Both thought-provoking and relevant, they are, above all else, never less than beautifully written.