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Fidelity without Fundamentalism: A Dialogue with Tradition


In Fidelity without Fundamentalism Gerard J. Hughes shows that in fact being a truly faithful Christian involves avoiding fundamentalism; to be faithful is to express our faith in a way that respects contemporary knowledge.

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In Fidelity without Fundamentalism Gerard J. Hughes shows that in fact being a truly faithful Christian involves avoiding fundamentalism; to be faithful is to express our faith in a way that respects contemporary knowledge.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809147243
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Fundamentalism: A Preliminary Look 1

1 Tradition and Translation 6

2 The Pitfalls of Translation 10

A faithful translation? Some illustrative examples 10

Reaching across culture gaps 19

How can we understand the ancients? 19

Can we ever 'reach' others? 20

The perils of extremism 21

How one gets in touch: the professional translator 21

In touch with what? Postmodern scepticism 22

It's really very simple: the rigorist 24

What makes cultural exchange possible? 26

The project again. 29

3 Beyond Mere Words 31

'Speech acts': what we can do with words 31

Speech acts in general 31

Three sayings of Jesus: how to take them? 33

Large-scale misunderstandings 37

The infancy narratives 39

The resurrection narratives 49

4 The Challenge of the Sciences 58

The birth of modern fundamentalism 58

Physics, astrophysics and Galileo 60

The age of the sciences: fundamentalist panic 67

5 Shifts in Philosophical Vocabulary 75

Was Jesus of Nazareth a human person? 75

What exactly is transubstantiation? 87

6 Behaviour in Different Cultures 98

How do we know what someone is doing? 98

The fuzziness of action words 99

The moral complexity of actions 100

Fundamentalism and 'relativism' 104

Moral relativism and moral absolutism 104

Moral pluralism 109

What do we mean by the imitation of Christ? 112

7 Fidelity to a Moral Tradition: Living as They Lived? 118

Some (comparatively) uncontroversial examples 118

Closeness to sinners and the outcast 119

Collaboration and revolution 121

Relations between churches 123

Some less simple examples 127

Pacifism 127

The priestly ordination of women 133

What if there is no tradition? 142

Genetic manipulation 143

Death and life 146

Coping with uncertainty 151

To Sum Up 155

Index 159

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