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.

Many might agree, without subscribing to those values, that materialism, prosperity and secularisation are among the defining totems of today’s world. The implications and possible consequences of this are explored from a variety of perspectives in the summer 2021 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review.

Noreen O’Carroll, Vincent Twomey and Gerry O’Hanlon all challenge the Dying with Dignity (2020) bill, its secular, humanist assumptions on the perceived value of suffering and loss and whether they are compatible with human dignity. Contrary to a popular worldview, it is suggested than humans may be defined by the surrender rather than the assertion of autonomy.