One is the beloved author of The Name of the Rose , a celebrated scholar, philosopher, and self-declared secularist; the other is a preeminent clergyman and a respected expert on the New Testament. In this intellectually stimulating dialogue, often adversarial but always amicable, these two great men, who stand on opposite sides of the church door, discuss some of the most controversial issues of our day, including the apocalypse, abortion, women in the clergy, and ethics. As we voyage onward into the new millennium, they frame a debate about matters that have already begun to rage, always aware of the gulf between belief and nonbelief that separates them, constantly probing and challenging, but also respectful of the other’s viewpoint. For believers and nonbelievers alike, the result is both edifying and illuminating. “Their correspondence,” writes Professor Harvey Cox in his introduction, “lifts the possibility of intelligent conversation on religion to a new level.”
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About the Author
Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of Foucault’s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, and other international bestsellers. He lives in Milan, Italy.
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is a member of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican.
Harvey Cox is Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard University and the author of The Secular City, Many Mansions, and Fire from Heaven.
Date of Birth:January 5, 1932
Date of Death:February 19, 2016
Place of Birth:Alessandria, Italy
Education:Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954
Table of Contents
Introduction Harvey Cox 1
Secular Obsession with the Mew Apocalypse Umberto Eco 17
Hope Puts an End to "The End" Carlo Maria Martini 27
When Does Human Life Begin? Umberto Eco 36
Human Life Is Part of God's Life Carlo Maria Martini 45
Men and Women - According to the Church Umberto Eco 53
The Church Does Mot Fulfill Expectations, It Celebrates Mysteries Carlo Maria Martini 68
Where Does the Layman Find Illumination? Carlo Maria Martini 80
Ethics Are Born in the Presence of the Other Umberto Eco 89
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