Characters in Search of Their Author: The Gifford Lectures, 1999-2000 (The Gifford Lecture Series)

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"Is the conviction that there is a God the default position of the human mind? This is the suggestion of Vatican II's Gaudium et spes, as well as Cardinal Newman and even St. Thomas Aquinas. But however natural it is for human beings to acknowledge their maker, it seems almost as natural to throw up obstacles between man and God. Characters in Search of Their Author, the Gifford Lectures delivered by Ralph McInerny in Glasgow in 1999-2000, is devoted to clearing away some of these impediments, mainly those fashioned by philosophers."--BOOK ...
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Overview

"Is the conviction that there is a God the default position of the human mind? This is the suggestion of Vatican II's Gaudium et spes, as well as Cardinal Newman and even St. Thomas Aquinas. But however natural it is for human beings to acknowledge their maker, it seems almost as natural to throw up obstacles between man and God. Characters in Search of Their Author, the Gifford Lectures delivered by Ralph McInerny in Glasgow in 1999-2000, is devoted to clearing away some of these impediments, mainly those fashioned by philosophers."--BOOK JACKET.
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“McInerny joins learning, wit, and lucidity in producing a reliable, and enjoyable, guide to reasoned faith and faithful reason.” —First Things

“. . . Clear and lively. . . .” —Times Literary Supplement

“Vintage McInerny, crackling with wit and insight.” —New Oxford Review

“The main strengths of this book are its breadth and conciseness in examining an important array of contemporary objections to natural theology and the interesting use and analysis of a variety of thinkers in the Christian religious and Western philosophical tradition. McInerny’s book is a well-written, philosophically interesting contribution to a contemporary philosophy of religion.” —Theological Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268022785
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Gifford Lecture Series
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

RALPH MCINERNY is Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous works in philosophy, literature, and journalism, including A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Whatever Happened to Natural Theology?
1 Personal Prejudice and Natural Theology 3
2 Friends and Foes of Natural Theology 15
3 Atheism Is Not the Default Position 29
4 Radical Chic 43
5 Natural and Supernatural Theology 57
Pt. 2 The Recovery of Natural Theology
6 Aspects of Argument 71
7 Intemperate Reasoning 83
8 Truth and Subjectivity 95
9 That God Exists 109
10 Faith and Reason 121
Index 133
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