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Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation
     

Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation

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by Umberto Eco, Carlo Maria Martini, Minna Proctor (Translator), Harvey Cox (Introduction)
 

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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, often adversarial but always amicable, these two great men, who stand on opposite sides of the church door, discuss

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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, often adversarial but always amicable, these two great men, who stand on opposite sides of the church door, discuss some of the most controversial issues of our day, including the apocalypse, abortion, women in the clergy, and ethics. As we voyage onward into the new millennium, they frame a debate about matters that have already begun to rage, always aware of the gulf between belief and nonbelief that separates them, constantly probing and challenging, but also respectful of the other’s viewpoint. For believers and nonbelievers alike, the result is both edifying and illuminating. “Their correspondence,” writes Professor Harvey Cox in his introduction, “lifts the possibility of intelligent conversation on religion to a new level.”   

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:
9781611456899
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,160,971
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of Foucault’s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, and other international bestsellers. He lives in Milan, Italy.

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is a member of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican.

Harvey Cox is Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard University and the author of The Secular City, Many Mansions, and Fire from Heaven.

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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