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Welcome to Studies

Studies is a quarterly journal published by Messenger Publications, the publishing organisation of the Irish Jesuits.  Founded and in continuous publication since 1912, it examines Irish social, political, cultural and economic issues in the light of Christian values and explores the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion.

On the scale of things, in today’s violent and volatile world, one could justifiably wonder whether access to the arts and the freedom to participate in the cultural life of the community could be considered a human rights priority. However, if we consider that artistic expression is an integral part of the way we imagine and experience our life, interact with our environment and conduct our relationships, then we can understand the transformative power of the arts. And that if artistic expression and experience becomes too detached from everyday life, society loses the ability to evaluate, to critique in an imaginative way and to envisage an alternative, better future.