Faculty Book: N. John Hall

N. John Hall

Belief: A Memoir
(Frederic C. Beil, 2007)

This is the story of a young man who became enthralled with Catholicism around 1950, went on to become a priest, served in three northern New Jersey parishes, and left the priesthood in 1967. Hall's memoir chronicles an intellectual, emotional, and "spiritual" journey. Along the way it offers an insider's picture of Catholic life and Catholic education in the 1950s and 1960s. Additionally, it sets forth and elucidates issues that confront (or should confront) all religious believers. This book is a voice for skepticism, presented not in the form of a treatise or argument, but through a personal story, a story by turns sad and funny, but also compelling. It culminates in the delight and exhilaration that come with intellectual freedom. N. John Hall is a distinguished professor of English at Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 29, 2007

Category: English, Faculty Books