Between Science and Religion

Between Science and Religion : The Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century

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This book explores the Catholic Church's engagement with science and technology in the twentieth century by focusing on the important role of four prominent Catholic intellectuals representing the diverse intellectual currents of their generation. The book unpacks both the challenges and rewards of pursuing such efforts between the Modernist crisis and the Second Vatican Council. This study of these intellectuals suggests how the Church moved from conflict to dialogue in its relationship with science and more

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739130803
  • 9780739130803
  • 2,112,130

About Phillip M. Thompson

Phillip M. Thompson is executive director of the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory more

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In an age of uncertainty about the role of religion in science, Phillip Thompson provides a bright light and a bridge for understanding how these concepts can (and should) coexist. This book will interest anyone with a keen and inquiring mind; it is thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and will undoubtedly become the standard for understanding the intersection of science and faith. -- Aine Donovan, Dartmouth College Phillip Thompson has contributed a very important study of four Catholic intellectuals-Jacques Maritain, Teilhard de Chardin, Bernard Lonergan, and Thomas Merton-in an analysis of their efforts to develop a constructive dialogue of theology and science in the period between the Modernist crisis and Vatican II. Animated by John Paul II's efforts to create a new kind of dialogue of 'critical openness' of Catholic theology to modern science and technology, this wide-ranging book both describes these historical engagements, and at the same time offers a valuable framework for further development of this dialogue. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the dialogue of science and religion. -- Phillip R. Sloan, University of Notre Dame In his clear-headed, thoughtful study, Thompson helps us to appreciate the complex dynamic between the Catholic Church and the forces of science. How did the Church move from condemnation to critical dialogue and become a defender of scientific research that is mindful of ethical limits and aware of its social obligations? His is an important contribution to intellectual history, a voice of critical moderation in a field in which extreme rhetoric too often prevails. -- Jean Bethke Elshtain, The Laura Spelman Rockeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago; author of Just War Against Terrorshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Church Enters the Twentieth Century Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Jacques Maritain's Search for Wisdom Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Discovery of the Divine in the Universe Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Bernard Lonergan's Cognitive Project Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Thomas Merton's Contemplative Critique Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The Transformative Century Chapter 9 Chapter 7. The Way Forward: Critical Opennessshow more

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