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  • Subject(s):
    Adoption (Theology), Adoption--Religious aspects--Christianity, Families--Religious aspects--Christianity
    Abstract:

    Working from within the contours of Christian faith, this book examines the relation between two ways of forming families-through nature (by procreation) and through history (by adoption). Christians honor the biological tie between parents and children, for it is the work of God in creation. Yet Christians cannot forget that it is adoption, and not simply natural descent, that is at the center of the New Testament’s depiction of God’s grace. Gilbert Meilaender takes up a range of iss…

    Date Published:
    2016-08-26
    Date Created:
    2016-08-26
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Subject(s):
    Apologetics--Early works to 1800
    Abstract:

    The Summa Contra Gentiles is not merely the only complete summary of Christian doctrine that St. Thomas has written, but also a creative and even revolutionary work of Christian apologetics composed at the precise moment when Christian thought needed to be intellectually creative in order to master and assimilate the intelligence and wisdom of the Greeks and the Arabs. In the Summa Aquinas works to save and purify the thought of the Greeks and the Arabs in the higher light of Christian Re…

    Date Published:
    1975-05-01
    Date Created:
    1975-05-01
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Subject(s):
    Thomists, Metaphysics
    Abstract:

    When it is taught today, metaphysics is often presented as a fragmented view of philosophy that ignores the fundamental issues of its classical precedents. Eschewing these postmodern approaches, W. Norris Clarke finds an integrated vision of reality in the wisdom of Aquinas and here offers a contemporary version of systematic metaphysics in the Thomistic tradition. The One and the Many presents metaphysics as an integrated whole which draws on Aquinas’ themes, structure, and insight witho…

    Date Published:
    2015-11-30
    Date Created:
    2015-11-30
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Subject(s):
    Christian ethics
    Abstract:

    Stanley Hauerwas presents an overall introduction to the themes and method that have distinguished his vision of Christian ethics. Emphasizing the significance of Jesus’ life and teaching in shaping moral life, The Peaceable Kingdom stresses the narrative character of moral rationality and the necessity of a historic community and tradition for morality. Hauerwas systematically develops the importance of character and virtue as elements of decision making and spirituality and stresses n…

    Date Published:
    1991-08-31
    Date Created:
    1991-08-31
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Subject(s):
    Cardinal Virtues
    Abstract:

    In The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper delivers a stimulating quartet of essays on the four cardinal virtues. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality a hollow convention and points out the true significance of the Christian virtues.

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    Copyright for most content is held by The University of Notre Dame. Reproduction of all or any portion of content constitutes a violation of copyright. You must obtain permissi…

    Date Published:
    1990-03-31
    Date Created:
    1990-03-31
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Author(s):
    Maurice Blondel
    Subject(s):
    Act (Philosophy), Ethics, Life
    Abstract:

    Action was once a prominent theme in philosophical reflection. It figured prominently in Aristotelian philosophy, and the medieval Scholastics built some of their key adages around it. But by the time Maurice Blondel came to focus on it for his own philosophical reflection, it had all but disappeared from the philosophical vocabulary. It is no longer possible or legitimate to ignore action in philosophy as it was in France when Blondel appeared on the scene in 1882, when at the age of 21 he f…

    Date Published:
    1984-11-30
    Date Created:
    2016-05-31
    Resource Type
    Book
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    Book Chapter

    Subject(s):
    Happiness--Moral and ethical aspects--Early works to 1800, Christian ethics--Early works to 1800
    Abstract:

    The Treatise on Happiness and the accompanying Treatise on Human Acts comprise the first twenty-one questions of I-II of the Summa Theologiae. From his careful consideration of what true happiness is, to his comprehensive discussion of how it can be attained, St. Thomas Aquinas offers a challenging and classic statement of the goals of human life, both ultimate and proximate.

    This translation presents in accurate, consistent, contemporary English the great Christian thinker’s endur…

    Date Published:
    1984-01-01
    Date Created:
    1984-01-01
    Resource Type
    Book Chapter
  • Author(s):
    Emma Lipton
    Subject(s):
    Social values in literature, English literature--Middle English, 1100-1500--History and criticism, Literature and society--England--History--To 1500, Marriage--Religious aspects, Authority in literature, Social groups in literature, Marriage--Political aspects--England--History--To 1500, Marriage in literature
    Abstract:

    Affections of the Mind focuses on marriage as a fluid and contested category rather than one with a fixed meaning, and argues that the late medieval literature of sacramental marriage subverted aristocratic and clerical traditions of love and marriage in order to promote the values of the lay middle strata of society. This book will be of value to a broad range of scholars in medieval studies.

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    Date Published:
    2011-08-15
    Date Created:
    2016-03-15
    Resource Type
    Book
  • Author(s):
    David Aers
    Subject(s):
    Literature and society--England--History--To 1500, Religion and culture, Langland, William, 1330?-1400? Piers Plowman, Christian poetry, English (Middle)--History and criticism, Religious thought--Middle Ages, 600-1500
    Abstract:

    The essay form that Aers has chosen for his book contributes to the effectiveness of the argument he develops in tandem with the structure of Langland’s poem: he sustains and tests his argument in a series of steps or “passus,” a Langlandian mode of proceeding. His essay unfolds an argument about medieval and early modern forms of Constantinian Christianity and reformation, and the way in which Langland’s own vision of a secularizing, de-Christianizing late medieval church d…

    Date Published:
    2015-11-05
    Date Created:
    2016-03-15
    Resource Type
    Book
  • Author(s):
    John Henry Cardinal Newman
    Subject(s):
    Theism, Faith
    Abstract:

    This classic of Christian apologetics seeks to persuade the skeptic that there are good reasons to believe in God even though it is impossible to understand the deity fully. First written over a century ago, the Grammar of Assent speaks as powerfully to us today as it did to its first readers. Because of the informal, non-technical character of Newman’s work, it still retains its immediacy as an invaluable guide to the nature of religious belief. A new introduction by Nicholas Lash revi…

    Date Published:
    1992-10-31
    Date Created:
    2016-03-15
    Resource Type
    Book
  • Author(s):
    Nicholas Lash
    Subject(s):
    Apostles' Creed
    Abstract:

    This brief interpretation of the Apostles’ Creed enables readers to thoroughly understand the Creed, structurally and theologically, in the face of widespread contemporary misreading.

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    Copyright for most content is held by The University of Notre Dame. Reproduction of all or any portion of content constitutes a violation of copyright. You must obtain permission from The Copyright Clearance Center or The University of Notre Dame Press in order to reprint (or ada…

    Date Published:
    1994-02-14
    Date Created:
    2016-03-15
    Resource Type
    Book
  • Author(s):
    Jill DeTemple
    Subject(s):
    Community development--Religious aspects--Christianity, Church work with the poor--Ecuador, Ecuador--Church history, Community development--Ecuador
    Abstract:

    Cement, Earthworms, and Cheese Factories examines the ways in which religion and community development are closely intertwined in a rural part of contemporary Latin America. Using historical, documentary, and ethnographic data collected over more than a decade as an aid worker and as a researcher in central Ecuador, Jill DeTemple examines the forces that have led to this entanglement of religion and development and the ways in which rural Ecuadorians, as well as development and religious pe…

    Date Published:
    2012-11-15
    Date Created:
    2016-03-15
    Resource Type
    Book