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

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

by Ralph McInerny
 

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In Characters In Search of Their Author, the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow in 1999-2000, Ralph McInerny discusses natural theology as it can be discussed in the present philosophical climate. The first five lectures ask "Whatever Happened to Natural Theology?", and trace the fate of philosophical efforts to establish the existence and nature

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In Characters In Search of Their Author, the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow in 1999-2000, Ralph McInerny discusses natural theology as it can be discussed in the present philosophical climate. The first five lectures ask "Whatever Happened to Natural Theology?", and trace the fate of philosophical efforts to establish the existence and nature of God in modern times. In the second set of lectures, dealing with "The Recovery of Natural Theology," McInerny defends the viability of the philosophical effort against certain dominant trends in contemporary philosophy. It has been the practise of Gifford Lecturers to write a book based on the lectures, often years after the event. This book contains the text of the lectures McInerny actually delivered.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268022785
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
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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