What is Truth?: From the Academy to the Vatican

What is Truth?: From the Academy to the Vatican

by John M. Rist
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521889014

ISBN-13: 9780521889018

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies the nature, growth and prospects of Roman Catholic culture, viewed as capable of appropriating all that is noble from both internal and external sources. John Rist tests his argument via a number of avenues: men's creation in the image of God and historical difficulties about incorporating women into that vision; the relationship between God's

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This book studies the nature, growth and prospects of Roman Catholic culture, viewed as capable of appropriating all that is noble from both internal and external sources. John Rist tests his argument via a number of avenues: men's creation in the image of God and historical difficulties about incorporating women into that vision; the relationship between God's mercy and justice; the possibility of Christian aesthetics; the early development of the see of Rome as the source of an indispensable doctrinal unity for Christian culture; the search for the proper role of the Church in politics.

He also argues that such an understanding of Catholic culture is necessary if contemporary assumptions about inalienable rights and the value of the human person are to be defended. The alternatives are a value-free, individualist universe on the one hand, and a fundamentalist denial of human nature and of history on the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521889018
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Partial and universal truth 1

1 The human race, or how could women be created in the image and likeness of God? 18

2 Divine justice and man's "genetic" flaw 104

3 Divine beauty: Nature, art and humanity 143

4 The origin and early development of episcopacy at Rome 201

5 Caesaropapism, theocracy or neo-Augustinian politics? 233

6 The Catholic Church in "modern" and "post-modern" culture 289

7 Looking at hopes and fears in the rear mirror 319

Bibliography 342

Index 355

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