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Almost single-handedly, Ernest L. Fortin resuscitated the study of political philosophy for Catholic theology. Fortin's interests were vast: the Church Fathers, Dante and Aquinas, modern rights, ecumenism. All of these are in Ever Ancient, Ever New, the fourth and final volume of Fortin's collected essays. Edited by Michael P. Foley, the volume contains articles never before published and is for all those wishing to continue their education from Ernest L. Fortin or to begin learning from him for the first time.

About the Author:
Michael P. Foley is assistant professor of patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ann Glendon
Such deep and wide learning is rare enough. But the cumulative effect of bringing together all these valuable contributions is to let us see something rarer still: the life of a mind that is humane, lucid, and wise.
Rev. Richard John Neuhaus
Ernest Fortin has a place of honor at the table of quiet erudition and uncompromising curiosity, where adults try to understand how the world went crazy and what might be done about it. If we are ever so much more fortunate than we deserve, younger scholars will follow Fortin in what is best described as the path of wisdom.
James V. Schall
The first three volumes of Ernest Fortin's works are fundamental contributions to the problem of modernity. In his analysis of rights, Catholic social thought, the state, and general questions of justice, Fortin has penetrated to the core of the misplaced ideologies and enthusiasms that have appeared in religious circles. The welcome fourth volume of Fortin's works again covers the vast range that a political philosopher-theologian must cover to make the whole intelligible. Fortin's essays are a direct challenge to, and redirection of, the major trends in political philosophy in the modern era. Few writing in intellectual circles today have Fortin's breadth of interest and profundity of analysis; his grasp of the classics and of modern theory is incomparable. Fortin is one of the few thinkers who take everything into consideration-experience, history, philosophy, revelation, the tradition of reason. His is a remarkable example of an active philosophic mind at work which knows that the pursuit of truth is both difficult and exhilarating. Fortin's works are not to be missed.
September 2008 Summaries and Comments / Brandon Zimmerman and Staff
Provide[s] readers with a personal and inside look at the man so many admired and loved.
Ralph McInerny
This fourth volume of the papers of the late Father Fortin underscores what a loss it is no longer to have him among us. This is simply the obverse of realizing what a blessing he was; and through his writings he will continue to influence, stimulate, and delight. And another thought comes: 'The Importance of Being Ernest' could be the title of the whole collection. Many thanks to Brian Benestad and Michael Foley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559202
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Ernest L. Fortin: Collected Essays Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Foley is Assistant Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University, where he has been teaching since 2004. He is co-editor of Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach: Essays on Religion and Political Philosophy in Honor of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Propaedeutic Theology of Ernest L. Fortin     xi
About this Volume     xxix
Acknowledgments     xxxi
The Early Church and the Wisdom of the Greeks
The Rebirth of Patristic Studies     3
The Church Fathers and the Transmission of the Christian Message     13
The Nature of the Christian Message     31
The "Rhetoric" of the Church Fathers     47
Saint Augustine and the Neoplatonic Doctrine of the Soul: Letter 137.11   Marc A. LePain     59
The City of God     71
Philosophical Culture in the Middle Ages
Translatio Studii     85
Thomas Aquinas as a Political Thinker     93
Dante and Averroism     103
Biblical Faith and Modern Philosophy
The New Moral Theology: Genesis and Present State     113
Christianity and the Enlightenment: A Foreword     131
The Enlightenment and the Church: The Changing Configurations     137
A Tocquevillian Perspective on Religion and the American Regime     147
Humanae Vitae's Silver Jubilee: Twenty-Five Years Later     163
Men of Letters: The Little-Known Correspondence Between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin     167
Catholic Education: Its Past and its Future
Why I Am Not a Thomist     175
Philosophy andDemocratic Education     183
The New Catholic College     189
An Academic Approach to the Teaching of Theology     199
Moral Values     205
Ecumenical Dialogue
The Anguish of Unity: A Roman Catholic Perspective     211
The Ecumenical Venture     217
Holiness of the Church and Ministerial Holiness     229
Christian Mission and Spirituality: Roman Catholics and Methodists in Dialogue     237
Ecumenism-Where Do We Go from Here?     245
Selected Responses and Remarks
Public Theology: A Response to Max Stackhouse     253
Religious Consciousness: A Response to Robert Bellah     261
The Enlightenment and Freedom: Critical Remarks on Ernest van den Haag's "The Desolation of Reality"     267
Religion and the American Regime     273
Comment on Hughes Regarding the Strauss-Voegelin Correspondence     277
Aristotle and the Sociobiologists: An Old Controversy Revived     281
Selected Reviews
Augustine and the Limits of Politics     289
The Philosophy of the Church Fathers     292
Emergence of the Christian Tradition     297
The Crisis of Political Understanding     300
The Political Thought of William of Ockham     301
Justice, Peace, and Human Rights     303
Facetiae Fortinianae: The Wit of Ernest Fortin
Pep Rallies     311
Epilogue: An Intellectual Autobiography     319
Bibliography of Fortin's Works     329
Index     343
About the Author     353
About the Editor     354
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