Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress

Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress

by Peter J. Casarella

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Based on a careful reading of Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate (“Charity in Truth”), the essays in this substantial volume explore how an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ is the true basis for economic and social progress. The authors are experts in a wide range of disciplines -- theology, philosophy, biblical studies, political science, economics, finance, environmental science -- and represent a broad spectrum of Catholic thought, from liberal to conservative.

The first book in English to offer an overarching interpretation of Pope Benedict’s groundbreaking encyclical, Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress will inform anyone interested in Catholic social doctrine, and its depth of insight will offer fresh inspiration to serious followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Contributors
  • J. Brian Benestad
  • Simona Beretta
  • Michael Budde
  • Patrick Callahan
  • Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade
  • Peter J. Casarella
  • William T. Cavanaugh
  • Maryann Cusimano Love
  • Daniel K. Finn
  • Roberto Goizueta
  • Lorna Gold
  • Keith Lemna
  • D. Stephen Long
  • Archbishop Celestino Migliore
  • Michael Naughton
  • Julie Hanlon Rubio
  • Sister Damien Marie Savino, F.S.E.
  • David L. Schindler
  • Theodore Tsukahara Jr.
  • Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
  • Horacio Vela

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467442060
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
File size: 620 KB

About the Author

Peter J. Casarella is associate professor of theology and an affiliate of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Preface: Integrating Discourse in a Divided World Daniel K. Finn ix

Introduction: Why Does Social Progress Need a New Face? Peter J. Casarella 1

Part I Historical and Theological Approaches

Caritas in Veritate: A First Glance at the Encyclical Archbishop Celestino Migliore 11

Pope Benedict XVI's Use of Scripture in Caritas in Veritate Horacio Vela 19

Reading Paul VI's Populorum Progressio through Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate J. Brian Benestad 30

"I Am with You Always": Caritas in Veritate and the Christological Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching Roberto Goizueta 55

The Anthropological Vision of Caritas in Veritate and Its Implications for Economic and Cultural Life Today David L. Schindler 68

Part II Reimagining Social and Political Order

"Dispersed Political Authority": Subsidiarity and Globalization in Caritas in Veritate William T. Cavanaugh 89

Practicing Gratuity: A Vision for Families and the Social Order Julie Hanlon Rubio 107

Global Order in Catholic Social Teaching: From Benedict XV to Benedict XVI Patrick Callahan 127

The Alice's Restaurant of Catholic Social Teaching: Global Order in Caritas in Veritate Michael Budde 137

Institutional Pluralism, Global Governance, and Nigerian Emails: Benedict's Call for Truth and Trust Maryann Cusimano Love 152

Part III Rethinking the Economy as Gratuitous

Profit Maximization and the Death of God: Theology and Economics in Benedict XVI's Charity in Truth D. Stephen Long 167

Christianity and the Challenges of the Contemporary Economy and Culture Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade 183

From Spirituality of Communion to "Economy of Communion": The Evolution of a New Economic Culture Lorna Gold 193

Caritas in Veritate: A Challenge to "Dualistic" Economic Thinking Simona Beretta 227

The Logic of Gift: Practical Implicatioas for the Corporation Michael Naughton 254

Will Understanding the Principle of Gratuitousness Help Save the Soul of a Lapsed Economist? Theodore Tsukahdra Jr. 276

Part IV A Green Pope? Ecology in Caritas in Vertate

Human Ecology, Environmental Ecology, and Ressourcement: Caritas in Veritate in the Light of Philip Sherrard's Theandric Anthropology Keith Lemna 293

Nature, Soil, and God: Soils and the "Grammar of Nature" Sister Damien Marie Savino, F.S.E. 311


Loving in Truth for the Sake of Humanity Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson 327

Contributors 340

Index of Names and Subjects 351

Index of Scripture References 369

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