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Catholic Life in Literature Series - 'The Hammer of God'  

Picture of The Hammer of God bookThe Catholic Studies Program, in collaboration with Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE), proudly presents Catholic Life in Literature Series with Dr. James McGlone: "The Hammer of God."

The event will take place on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre-in-the-Round in the University Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. James McGlone, Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Communications, will present a dramatic reading of G. K. Chesterton's "The Hammer of God."

It has become fashionable among G. K. Chesterton's critics to remark that his Father Brown detective stories are almost the only writing of the master with which the public has even the slightest acquaintance. Chesterton himself admitted that his "name achieved a certain notoriety as that of a writer of these murderous short stories, commonly called detective stories; certain publishers are still kind enough to write to me ordering a batch of corpses." As a result, "the vague idea sprang up in my mind of constructing a comedy in which a priest should appear to know nothing and in fact know more about the crime than the criminals."

"The Hammer of God" is a typical Father Brown investigation. Perhaps it will appear slight and improbable, but it will be fun, and in the end, Father Brown will solve the crime and reveal the story's culprit with compassion for his sin and forgiveness for his moral failure. What a delightful way to examine the conscience of the reading public, offering forgiveness for our failings while satisfying our need for re-creation.

About Catholic Studies: 
The Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the University's other degree programs and fields of study. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Ines Murzaku at ines.murzaku@shu.edu or (973)-275-2808 Gloria Aroneo at gloria.aroneo@shu.edu or (973)-275-2808.

About Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE): 
Established at Seton Hall University in 2006, the Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE) student organization sponsors activities to promote Irish traditions. PIPE events have included trips to sites of significance in Irish-American history, Irish music and dancing events on and off campus, charity events, the annual Irish Language Mass and Dinner, and marching in St. Patrick's Day parades. PIPE's Irish Studies Discussion Series has brought more than 30 speakers to campus. Given the wide participation of alumni in PIPE's programs, the PIPE Alumni Club was established in 2013. This club, under the auspices of Seton Hall Alumni Relations, has expanded upon the student PIPE organization's activities and collaborates with the student organization, campus partners, and the wider Irish-American community. 

For more information, please contact Eilish R. Harrington '08, PIPE Advisor and PIPE Alumni Club President, at eilish.harrington@shu.edu or (973) 761-9733.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Gloria Aroneo
  • (973) 275-2808
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