Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation

Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation

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by Umberto Eco, Carlo Maria Martini, Carlo Maria Martini
     
 

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One is the beloved author of The Name of the Rose, a celebrated scholar, philosopher, and self-declared secularist; the other is a preeminent clergyman and a respected expert on the New Testament. In this intellectually stimulating dialogue, these two great men, who stand on opposite sides of the church door, discuss some of the most controversial issues of our day&…  See more details below

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One is the beloved author of The Name of the Rose, a celebrated scholar, philosopher, and self-declared secularist; the other is a preeminent clergyman and a respected expert on the New Testament. In this intellectually stimulating dialogue, these two great men, who stand on opposite sides of the church door, discuss some of the most controversial issues of our day: the apocalypse, abortion, women in the clergy, and ethics. Their enlightened, spirited exchange will resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike.

Author Biography: Umberto Eco is the author of The Name of

the Rose and other novels, as well as numerous nonfiction works, including Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition. He lives in Bologna. Carlo Maria Martini, member of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican, is the Archbishop of Milan.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
...challenging...a conversation between two amazing minds on which we have the luck to eavesdrop...this robust exchange is a joy to read...
Christian Science Monitor
...a model in the wilderness, a kind of religious debate not heard much in America...
Library Journal
This is no contest between debating opponents seeking to score rhetorical knockouts; instead, it's just two thoughtful people who respectfully listen to what the other has to say about faith. The nonbeliever is Eco, renowned semiotician and author of The Name of the Rose. The believer is the Archbishop of Milan. In these letters, originally run in an Italian newspaper, they address topics that divide official Catholic from contemporary secular opinion. First, the cardinal answers Eco's inquiries on hope and apocalyptic expectation, on when life begins, and on why the Church does not ordain women. There are no surprises here, except perhaps in Martini's nuanced "wait and see" response to the last question. Then, in the book's best exchange, Eco replies to the cardinal's question of how those who do not believe in God can be committed to moral absolutes. Would that all "confrontations" between belief and unbelief were so informed and instructive. Recommended for all public libraries.--Steve Young, Montclair State Univ., NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559705738
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
04/16/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
4.37(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author


Umberto Eco was born in 1932 in Alessandria, Italy. He is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, a philosopher, historian, literary critic and aesthetician. He is the author of the international bestselling novels The Name of the Rose and The Island of the Day Before, as well as three collections of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings and How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays. Mr. Eco lives in Milan.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bologna, Italy
Date of Birth:
January 5, 1932
Date of Death:
February 19, 2016
Place of Birth:
Alessandria, Italy
Education:
Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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