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Neil Dhingra

Neil Dhingra, a Roman Catholic, is a doctoral student in education at the University of Maryland.

The Plague and the Pandemic

By Neil Dhingra Unsurprisingly, amidst this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Albert Camus’ The Plague has again become popular. According to the writer Samuel Earle, in Japan...

Papal Preaching and the Pandemic

This post continues a series of essays on preaching from the perspective of lay people. Previous entries may be found here. By Neil Dhingra Perhaps the...

“A Terrible Light”

Being reborn is not easy. It is Lazarus being called to life by a “terrible light.”

Memento Mori: On Death and Evil

Faith strangely exists amidst explicit doubts when we contemplate our death.

Springsteen, Belonging, and Religion in Blinded by the Light

To be sure, Springsteenism is an ambiguous religiosity. Springsteen, as Roops pronounces, “knows everything you’ve ever felt … and he can describe it better for you.” His music allows one to see the depth and profundity in ordinary life — to see even father-son conflict as “something as old as time,” as Manzoor says, and to respond with empathy. Springsteen himself is a role model of uncommon decency.

Pentecostal and Catholic Distinctives

How, in the first place, is the Pentecostal way of reading Scripture distinctive?

Godless Worlds: John Gray and Atheism

Gray, though consistently anti-utopian, is not necessarily nihilistic.

Trauma and the Eucharist

All the sacraments are traumatic for us. Our body is no longer completely our own, our present is interrupted by a foretaste of the eschatological banquet, and the sacraments ultimately are beyond any adequate verbal description.

An Unsentimental Family

The Holy Family's faith is neither sentimental nor easy nor even stable.

Tradition and the Puzzling Gospel of St. John

Tradition may be self-correcting.