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Novak, Michael

Works: 571 works in 1,476 publications in 9 languages and 41,705 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Performer, Actor, Compiler, Creator, ed, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., wpr, Collector
Classifications: HB72, 330.122
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The spirit of democratic capitalism by Michael Novak( Book )

52 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking book, Michael Novak offers one of the most significant and refreshing appraisals of capitalism in recent times. A leading neo-conservative thinker, Novak challenges the almost universal assumption that capitalism, because of the prosperity it brings, is without the moral and spiritual underpinnings of socialism. Novak argues convincingly that, in fact, by virtue of its distinctive spirit, democratic capitalism is not only pragmatically superior but morally more sound than any other system of political economy known to man. That spirit, says Novak, consists of a novel trinity: a political democracy, a market incentive economy, and a liberal, pluralistic culture. Based on respect for individual freedom, it provides a broader vision of human possibility than that offered by any other societal alternative
The experience of nothingness by Michael Novak( Book )

25 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, the author has two objectives. First, he shows the paths by which the experience of nothingness is becoming common among all those who live in free societies. Second, he details the various experiences that lead to the nothingness point of view. Most discussions of these matters have been so implicated in the European experience that the term "nihilism" has a European ring. This author, however, articulates this experience of formlessness in an American context
Belief and unbelief : a philosophy of self-knowledge by Michael Novak( Book )

43 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in a context of personal tragedy as well as intel- lectual search, Belief and Unbelief is grounded in the belief that human experience is enclosed within a person-to-person relationship with the source of all things--sometimes in darkness, other times in aridity, but always in deep encounter with community and courage. It is written with a deep fidelity to classical Catholic thought as well as a sense of the writings of sociology, anthropology, and political theory--from Harold Lasswell to Friedrich von Hayek
The joy of sports : end zones, bases, baskets, balls, and the consecration of the American spirit by Michael Novak( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1994 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ascent of the mountain, flight of the dove; an invitation to religious studies by Michael Novak( Book )

10 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essence of Ascent of the Mountain, Flight of the Dove remains intact: its vision of religious studies as sustained refl ection on our lifelong voyage to discover who we are. The story we choose for ourselves, the story we live, can sacralize or secularize our lives and our world by the way in which we choose to relate to it. With this awareness of the story dimension of life, Ascent of the Mountain, Flight of the Dove opens us to awe, reverence, and wonder at the risks and possibilities of human freedom
Will it liberate? : questions about liberation theology by Michael Novak( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Novak's work is challenging. We often disagree sharply in out interpretations and assessments of liberation theology, but he raises important issues which call for clarification and response
American philosophy and the future : essays for a new generation by Michael Novak( Book )

9 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On two wings : humble faith and common sense at the American founding by Michael Novak( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Probes the religious conviction of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and others who helped in the creation of a republic of civil liberty
The Catholic ethic and the spirit of capitalism by Michael Novak( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Novak offers an original and penetrating conception of social justice, rescuing it as a personal virtue necessary for social activism. Since Pius XI made this idea canonical in 1931, the term has been rejected by the Right as an oxymoron and misused by the Left as a party platform. Novak applies this newly formulated notion of social justice to the urgent worldwide problems of ethnicity, race, and poverty. His fresh rethinking of the Catholic ethic comes just in time to challenge citizens in those two large and historically Catholic regions, Eastern Europe and Latin America, now taking their first steps as market economies, as well as those of us in the West seeking a realistic moral vision."--Jacket
Choosing our king; powerful symbols in presidential politics by Michael Novak( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Business as a calling : work and the examined life by Michael Novak( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A larger proportion than ever before of the world's Christians, Jews, and other peoples of faith are spending their working lives in business. Business is a profession worthy of a person's highest ideals and aspirations, fraught with moral possibilities both of great good and of great evil. Novak takes on agonizing problems, such as downsizing, the tradeoffs that must sometimes be faced between profits and human rights, and the pitfalls of philanthropy. He also examines the daily questions of how an honest day's work contributes to the good of many people, both close at hand and far away. Our work connects us with one another. It also makes possible the universal advance out of poverty, and it is an essential prerequisite of democracy and the institutions of civil society."--Jacket
Toward a theology of the corporation by Michael Novak( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The open church, Vatican II, act II by Michael Novak( Book )

26 editions published between 1946 and 2002 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Novak's eyewitness report on the second and pivotal session of Vatican II in 1964 vividly inter weaves pageantry, politics, and theology. An unusually well-informed lay intellectual, who had earned a theological degree just before the Council, Novak applauded the purposes of Pope John XXIII and his successor Paul VI-"to throw open the windows of the church." In this report, he coined the classic description of the foes of the reforms at Vatican II as the party of "nonhistorical orthodoxy," emphasizing the eternal and unchanging, neglecting history and contingency. The author recounts many moments of high drama-Pope Paul VI's opening speech, the vote on the collegiality of bishops, the plea of Cardinal Bea on behalf of the chapter on Jews, and Bishop De Smedt's defense of religious freedom. His colorful chapter on the American bishops in 1964 serves as a fascinating benchmark, as do his many insights into the new role of the laity. His final chapter is a moving tribute to the Open Church engaging the contemporary world, and his new introduction brings this report up to date. This work will be of compelling interest to those interested in the post-conciliar fall of Communism, under the great John Paul II-who took his name from his two predecessors at Vatican II. The winner of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (1994), Michael Novak is a theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador. He currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. where he is director of social and political studies. His writings have appeared in every major Western language, and in Chinese, Bengali, Korean, and Japanese. Also available from Transaction are his Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions, The Experience of Nothingness, The Guns of Lattimer, Unmeltable Ethnics, Belief and Unbelief, and Choosing Presidents."--Provided by publisher
Freedom with justice : Catholic social thought and liberal institutions by Michael Novak( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The guns of Lattimer : the true story of a massacre and a trial, August 1897-March 1898 by Michael Novak( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On September 10, 1897, in the hamlet of Lattimer mines, Pennsylvania, an armed posse took aim and fired into a crowd of oncoming mine workers, who were marching in their corner of the coal-mining region to call their fellow miners out on strike. The marchers Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians, most of whom could not yet speak English were themselves armed only with an American flag and a timid, budding confidence in their new found rights as free men in their newly adopted country. The mine operators took another view of these rights and of the strange, alien men who claimed them. When the posse was done firing, nineteen of the demonstrators were dead and thirty-nine were seriously wounded. Some six months later a jury of their peers was to exonerate the deputies of any wrong-doing.This long-forgotten incident is here movingly retold by Michael Novak, himself the son of Slovak immigrants and one of our most gifted writers and social observers. In his hands, the so-called "Lattimer Massacre" becomes not only a powerful story in its own right (and an invaluable key to the history of the growth of the united mine Workers), but an allegory of that peculiarly American experience undergone over and over again throughout the land, and down to this very day; the experience of new immigrants, still miserable with poverty and bewilderment and suffering the trauma of culture shock, being confronted by the hostility and blind contempt of the "real" Americans.In Michael Novak's uniquely vivid account, the incident at Lattimer is seen as a tragedy brought on not so much by inhumanity as by the profound failure of majority WASP society to understand the needs and responses of "foreigners." The Guns of Lattimer is a gripping book that tells Americans, old and new, a great deal about themselves and the society they live in."--Provided by publisher
Washington's God : religion, liberty, and the father of our country by Michael Novak( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing upon new sources and Washington's own words, the Novaks reveal that the first president was indeed deeply spiritual though also deeply private about his personal religious convictions and practices. This new presentation of Washington - as a man whose religion guided his governance - brings him into the center of today's debates about the role of faith in government and will challenge everything we thought we knew about the inner life of the father of our country."--Jacket
Capitalism and socialism : a theological inquiry by American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research( Book )

14 editions published in 1979 in English and Spanish and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's country : taking the declaration seriously by Michael Novak( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confession of a Catholic by Michael Novak( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our people : Carpatho-Rusyns and their descendants in North America by Paul R Magocsi( Book )

4 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The saga of Our People is told in nine chapters, which treat the European origins of the Carpatho-Rusyns and their migration to North America, followed by descriptions of their settlement patterns; economic, religious, and organizational life; cultural and political achievements; and their efforts to sustain themselves as a group. The book is lavishly illustrated with 101 photographs, 4 maps, and 8 text inserts and charts that provide statistical data, and important documents
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On two wings : humble faith and common sense at the American founding
Alternative Names
Michael Novak American diplomat

Michael Novak Amerikaans schrijver

Michael Novak amerikai teológus, filozófus, újságíró

Michael Novak amerykański politolog

Michael Novak filosofo statunitense

Michael Novak US-amerikanischer Diplomat

Novack, Michael 1933-

Novak, M., 1933-2017

Novak, Michael

Novak, Michael John 1933-

Novak, Michael John, 1933-2017

Novak, Michael P. 1933-

Новак, Майкл

מיכאל נובק

노바크, 마이클

노박, 마이클

노박, 미카엘

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The experience of nothingnessBelief and unbelief : a philosophy of self-knowledgeThe joy of sports : end zones, bases, baskets, balls, and the consecration of the American spiritAscent of the mountain, flight of the dove; an invitation to religious studiesWill it liberate? : questions about liberation theologyOn two wings : humble faith and common sense at the American foundingThe Catholic ethic and the spirit of capitalismBusiness as a calling : work and the examined life