Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo is Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College and Distinguished Scholar of the City University of New York.

Stories by Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

Religious or Spiritual?

Volumes have been written about the meaning of “religion” and “spirituality:” In Barack Obama’s campaign both are clearly at work. … Continued

Jesuits and Shariah

In high school, the Jesuits taught me that to find a principled answer to any question, it had to be … Continued

Getting Secularism Right Leads to the Left

Atheists like to take credit for having invented secularism; they did – in Europe. Secularism in the U.S., on the … Continued

One Incarnation is Enough to Save the World

One of the pleasures about being a Catholic is the treasure of theology. It enables people of faith to know … Continued

Structural Sin

If attitudes of pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth become normal and socially acceptable, they are more deadly … Continued

Jewish Identity and Popular Religiosity

Because Judaism has weathered so many storms and waves of oppression in the past, I cannot think of an American … Continued

Presidential Spirituality, not Religion – Please!!

There is little reason to expect any linkage between the religious beliefs publicly professed by a president and the actual … Continued

Holiday or Holy Day?

Whether Christmas should be a Christian holy day or a secular holiday is a moot point. Popular culture has so … Continued

Romney’s Bit Will Bite Back

Romney deserves credit for understanding the superficiality of the public and targeting that majority in his speech. As political theater, … Continued

Forget Sin: Pay Attention to Relationships

Religious presumptions about sex outside marriage often produce a mismatched hodgepodge of sanctimoniousness and Manichaeism instead of righteous behavior. In … Continued

An Earth Religion Thanksgiving Day

The religious meaning of Thanksgiving is historically suspect. As more than one historian has pointed out, the original Thanksgiving both … Continued

Subsidiarity: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The answer to whether health care belongs to parents or government is “Yes to both.” The question ought not to … Continued

And Who is My Neighbor?

The issue is not whether to love or be compassionate or forgive: at stake is whom do you love or … Continued

Sherlock Holmes and the Spirits

As a professor, I was there to equip open-minded students to analyze religious experiences, rather than to get them to … Continued

Atheist’s or Believer’s Delight?

“Atheists’ Delight!” is how I would characterize this question. The only sensible answer is to stress voting for “the best … Continued

Fair and Balanced Hitchens

This excerpt from Mr. Hitchens’ book is remarkable when one examines it for benign tolerance, reasoned evaluation of the facts, … Continued

Using Personality Cults and Being Used

I am willing to abstain from casting too harsh a light on the lives of the founders of the Church … Continued

Religious Utopias Gone Amuck

“No” the problems of 2007 in the Middle East are not based on religion; rather, these are the results of … Continued

Belief is Harder than Disbelief

The “revelation” that Mother Teresa endured a dark night of the soul proves beyond a doubt that atheists and non-believers … Continued

On the “Politics of God”

I have more confidence in Catholicism’s ability to dialog with Islam than in the opinions of a writer like Mark … Continued