Believing scholars : ten Catholic intellectuals by James L. Heft

By James L. Heft

How do Catholic intellectuals draw on religion of their paintings? and the way does their paintings as students impact their lives as humans of faith?For greater than a iteration, the college of Dayton has invited a in demand Catholic highbrow to offer the yearly Marianist Award Lecture at the basic subject of the come upon of religion and occupation. through the years, the lectures became important to the Catholic dialog approximately church, tradition, and society.In this publication, ten top figures discover the connections of their personal lives among the personal geographical regions of religion and their public calling as lecturers, students, and intellectuals.This final decade of Marianist Lectures brings jointly theologians and philosophers, historians, anthropologists, educational students, and lay intellectuals and critics.Here are Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., at the tensions among religion and theology in his profession; Jill Ker Conway at the non secular dimensions of reminiscence and private narrative; Mary Ann Glendon at the roots of human rights in Catholic social educating; Mary Douglas at the fruitful discussion among faith and anthropology in her personal existence; Peter Steinfels on what it rather capability to be a liberal Catholic; and Margaret O'Brien Steinfels at the advanced heritage of ladies in state-of-the-art church. From Charles Taylor and David Tracy at the fractured dating among Catholicism and modernity to Gustavo Gutirrez at the enduring name of the terrible and Marcia Colish at the historical hyperlinks among the church and highbrow freedom, those essays tune a decade of provocative, illuminating, and crucial proposal. James L. Heft, S.M., is President and Founding Director of the Institute for complicated Catholic reports and college Professor of religion and tradition and Chancellor, collage of Dayton. He has edited past Violence: spiritual resources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Fordham)

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Some friends told me that maybe the word in English does not mean exactly what it means in Spanish; but at least, in both languages, option means a free decision. Some people think that only the nonpoor must espouse the option for the poor. This is not true, because this option is a universal ................. 11475$ $CH2 08-02-05 14:00:15 PS PAGE 42 The Poor and the Third Millennium 43 demand. Everyone, even the poor, must undertake the option for the poor; even though many poor people have already undertaken an option for the rich.

11475$ $CH2 08-02-05 14:00:14 PS PAGE 40 The Poor and the Third Millennium 41 What is the reason for this preference? The social analysis of poverty helps us to understand the concrete condition of the poor. The direct experience of poverty is very relevant. Human compassion is an important factor too, but these factors are not the ultimate reasons. The ultimate reason for the preference of the poor is the love of God; the main reason is that God is God. And God prefers the poor because they are the weakest ones, those closest to an unjust and early death.

Which bring us back to the main line of the argument. One such threat is what I am calling the immanent revolt. Of course this is not something that can be demonstrated beyond doubt to those who don’t see it. And yet, from another perspective, it is just terribly obvious. I am going to offer a perspectival reading. In the end we have to ask ourselves which perspective makes the most sense of human life. Exclusive humanism closes the transcendent window, as though there were nothing beyond—more, as though it weren’t a crying need of the human heart to open that window, and first gaze, then go beyond.

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