Afterlives of the Saints by Colin Dickey

By Colin Dickey

Afterlives of the Saints is a woven accumulating of groundbreaking essays that go through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges’ "Library of Babel," the heritage of spontaneous human combustion, the hazards of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, “and so forth” — every one essay targeting the tale of a specific (and quite unusual) saint.

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D. d. d. 1 Source: 2000 World Values Surveys (Inglehart et al. 2004). ) for some categories. a Respondents were asked to indicate the five most important qualities to encourage children to learn at home. The other options were good manners, independence, hard work, feeling of responsibility, imagination, tolerance and respect for other people, thrift, perseverance, unselfishness, and obedience. b Respondents were asked to rate the importance of God in their lives on a scale of one to ten, with one representing not at all important and ten representing very important.

D. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. d. ) for some categories. a Alesina et al. (2003, 184–89). The index identifies the percentage of the population of each country that belonged to the three most widely spread religions in the world in 1980—Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. For new countries the data are available for 1990–1995. The numbers are in percent (scale from 0 to 100). ” b This data come from the following sources: Argentina, 2002 UNCHR report; Bolivia, 2001 survey; Brazil, 2000 census; Chile, 2002 census; Colombia, El Tiempo 2001 poll; Costa Rica, 2003 government figures; Dominican Republic, 1997 IEPD survey; El Salvador, Central American University 1998 survey; Honduras, 2002 survey; Mexico, 2000 census; Nicaragua, 1995 census; Venezuela, 2001 government figures.

The church is perennially short of priests (who take years to form), and has too few parishes; the parishes that do exist are too large to reach the faithful in a meaningful way in their daily lives. The problem is particularly acute in poor neighborhoods and rural areas. 10 Similarly, in Venezuela there are on average 17,668 persons per parish in the richest quartile of parishes but 42,830 in the poorest (Froehle 1995, 137). Protestant missions also received an early boost from Central American governments that promoted them as a way of making their countries more attractive to the “right” immigrants from the “right” countries.

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