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Weigel, George 1951-

Works: 121 works in 361 publications in 1 language and 17,245 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Popular works  Church history  Conference proceedings  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Author of introduction, Speaker
Classifications: BX1378.5, 282.092
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Most widely held works by George Weigel
Witness to hope : the biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel( Book )
32 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 2,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the life and faith of Pope John Paul II
The courage to be Catholic : crisis, reform, and the future of the Church by George Weigel( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Weigel situates the current crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance in the context of recent Catholic history. He analyzes the Church's failure to embrace the great spiritual promise of Vatican II, resulting in the gradual but steady surrender to contemporary culture he dubs "Catholic Lite." He exposes the patterns of dissent and self-deception that became entrenched in seminaries, among priests, and, ultimately, among the bishops who failed their flocks by thinking like managers instead of apostles. Weigel also reminds us that every major crisis in the Church's past has led to reform and renewal when the people, priests and bishops of the Church had the courage to be Catholic: the courage to reach back to Catholicism's deepest spiritual roots. He lays out a challenging agenda for genuine reform.--From publisher description
God's choice : Pope Benedict XVI and the future of the Catholic Church by George Weigel( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray. He had become a father figure to millions, who now felt orphaned. After more than 26 years of his guidance, the Catholic Church is entering a new age, with its bedrock traditions intact but with pressing questions to address in a rapidly changing world. Beginning with the story of John Paul's final months, this book offers an inside account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI. Vatican correspondent Weigel also surveys the current state of the Church around the world: its thriving populations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the post-communist world; its collapse in western Europe; its continued struggles in Asia; and the vibrancy of Catholic life in the United States, even as the Church in America struggles to overcome its recent experience of scandal.--From publisher description
The cube and the cathedral : Europe, America, and politics without God by George Weigel( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that Europe's separation of religion from politics has led to its decline and that religion, instead of being suspect, should be viewed in the U.S. and Europe as an ally of human rights and freedom
The final revolution : the resistance church and the collapse of communism by George Weigel( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe--the Revolution of 1989--was a singularly stunning event in a century already known for the unexpected. How did people divided for two generations by an Iron Curtain come so suddenly to dance together atop the Berlin Wall? Why did people who had once seemed resigned to their fate suddenly take their future into their own hands? Some analysts have explained the Revolution in economic terms, arguing that the Warsaw Pact countries could no longer compete with the West. But as George Weigel argues in this thought-provoking volume, people don't put their lives, and their children's futures, in harm's way simply for better cars, refrigerators, and TVs. Something else--something more--had to happen behind the iron curtain before the Wall came tumbling down. In The Final Revolution, Weigel argues that that "something" was a revolution of conscience. The human turn to the good, to the truly human, and, ultimately, to God, was the key to the political Revolution of 1989. Weigel provides an in-depth exploration of how the Catholic Church shaped the moral revolution inside the political revolution. Drawing on extensive interviews with key leaders of the human rights and resistance movements, he opens a unique window into the soul of the Revolution and into the hearts and minds of those who shaped this stirring vindication of the human spirit. Weigel also examines the central role played by Pope John Paul II in confronting what V'aclav Havel called communism's "culture of the lie," and he suggests what the future role of the Church might be in consolidating democracy in the countries of the old Warsaw Pact. The "final revolution" is not the end of history, Weigel concludes. It is the human quest for a freedom that truly satisfies the deepest yearnings of the human heart. The Final Revolution illustrates how that quest changed the face of the twentieth century and redefined world politics in the year of miracles, 1989
Just war and the Gulf war by James Turner Johnson( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The truth of Catholicism : ten controversies explored by George Weigel( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a Catholic perspective on ten controversial questions, including discussion of the nature of prayer, the Catholic Church's view of other religions, and the nature of the moral life
The end and the beginning : Pope John Paul II : the struggle for freedom, the last years, the legacy by George Weigel( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Weigel tells the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II's battle with communism, creating a landmark portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church and changed the course of world history
Tranquillitas ordinis : the present failure and future promise of American Catholic thought on war and peace by George Weigel( Book )
7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In recent years, Roman Catholic bishops and activists have been highly visible in the public debate over issues such as nuclear arms control and U.S. policy in Central America. Until now, however, the evolution of American Catholic thought on these questions has received little attention. This book is the first comprehensive critical analysis of American Catholic thought on war and peace. The author's purpose is to evaluate the post-Vatican II transformation of the Church's approach to war/peace issues and to point a wiser direction for its future development. The book begins with a survey of American Catholicism's rich and sophisticated heritage of moral reasoning on war, peace, and political community. In a major reinterpretation of American Catholic history, Weigel shows how the American Bishops' development of a theology of democracy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries enriched the Church's classic understanding of peace as political community. Weigel thus challenges the now-prominent idea that the U.S. Catholic bishops were not seriously involved in the war-peace debate until the last decade. A highlight of the book is its detailed intellectual portrait of John Courtney Murray, S.J., whom Weigel calls the finest political theorist ever produced by the American Church. Weigel then demonstrates how, over the past generation, American Catholic intellectuals and publicists began to abandon their heritage, and thereby impoverished the theological and political argument over war and peace, security and freedom. The book analyzes the ideas of seven key figures in the transformation of the American Catholic war/peace debate--Dorothy Day, Gordon Zahn, Thomas Merton, Daniel and Philip Berrigan, James Douglass, and J. Bryan Hehir--and critically explores the U.S. bishops' recent involvement with nuclear and Central American policy. Recovering and developing the classic American Catholic heritage, Weigel argues, is essential to creating a wiser theology and politics whose concern for both peace and freedom challenges realists and idealists alike
Faith, reason, and the war against jihadism : a call to action by George Weigel( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This manifesto urges all Americans to recognize and confront the religious convictions and passions that fuel Islamic jihadism, to understand its theological sources and ideological roots, and to take its global vision of the human future with the seriousness this challenge requires. The book offers fifteen prescriptions for meeting the threat of jihadist terrorism. On the far side is the brighter prospect of a world capable of genuine pluralism: a world in which freedom, while never free, is not in retreat, but is poised once again at the cutting edge of history, and is the foundation of peaceful society.--From publisher description
Against the grain : Christianity and democracy, war and peace by George Weigel( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cutting against the grain of conventional wisdom, New York Times bestseller, George Weigel, offers a compelling look at the ways in which Catholic social teaching sheds light on the challenges of peace, the problem of pluralism, the quest for human rights, and the defense of liberty. In this major contribution one of America's most prominent intellectuals offers a meticulous analysis of the foundations of the free society as he makes a powerful case for the role of moral reasoning in meeting the threats to human dignity posed by debonair nihilism, jihadist violence, and the brave new world of manufactured men and women
Evangelical Catholicism : deep reform in the 21st-Century church by George Weigel( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium. The Gospel-centered Evangelical Catholicism of the future will send all the people of the Church into mission territory every day, and Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life. Mediocrity is not an option, and all Catholics, no matter what their station in life, are called to live the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized: without compromise, but with the joy, courage, and confidence that comes from living this side of the Resurrection
A New worldly order : John Paul II and human freedom ( Book )
4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pope John Paul II drew a great deal of attention not only within the Catholic Church but outside it as well with his May 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus. Perhaps its most striking feature is the pope's endorsement of capitalism, properly understood, as the economic system most compatible with human freedom and most efficient in meeting human needs. Notable as well were his comments on the fall of Communist regimes in 1989 and the role of the workers' movement in that
Catholicism and the renewal of American democracy by George Weigel( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Catholicism and the Renewal of American Democracy, George Weigel clearly describes the erosion of the center in the American democracy and the disjointed and divisive politics of our contemporary situation. Throughout the book, one finds a hope that, despite the apparent decline of American democracy, the time is right for Catholicism to be viewed as a source of insight, virtue, and leadership. Weigel is faithful to his religious tradition, yet he is willing to see in the present chaos an opportunity for the constructive transformation of both the Catholic tradition and American democracy. He urges believers to seize this "Catholic moment55 and take an active role in society. -- From (Oct. 11, 2014)
American interests, American purpose : moral reasoning and U.S. foreign policy by George Weigel( Book )
3 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Idealism without illusions by George Weigel( Book )
4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Century of Catholic social thought : essays on Rerum novarum and nine other key documents ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Freedom and its discontents : Catholicism confronts modernity by George Weigel( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on issues in the modern Catholic debate over freedom ; includes the issues of authoritarianism/and authoritative church ; the dialgue with modern science and the humanities/ancient religious tradition ; a hierarchical church/religious freedom and democratic revolution in world politics ; the war/peace debate ; religious freedom as the first human right ; and the religious argument over the American economy
Soul of the world : notes on the future of public Catholicism by George Weigel( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Being Christian today : an American conversation ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Weigel, George
Weigel, George S. 1951-
Вейгел, Джордж 1951-
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