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Is Christian truth unchanging? Can it develop over time? To what extent may the Catholic community jettison or modify earlier beliefs? Should it embrace insights from other cultures or revise its views on matters such as the status of women or church-state relations? In this wide-ranging and provocative book, John Rist brings his expertise in ancient philosophy, theology and history to bear on these questions as they relate to Roman Catholicism and to human society at large, both in the early Christian centuries and in our own times.Read more
- A controversial and fascinating book addressing perennial religious and ethical questions
- Shows how Christian culture has something vital to offer humanity and much to learn from non-Christians
- Argues that Catholic culture is an essential foundation of modern civilisation, providing a way between fundamentalism and anarchy in its search for truth and goodness
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- Date Published: July 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521717755
- length: 376 pages
- dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: partial and universal truth
1. The human race: or, how could women be created in the image and likeness of God?
2. Divine justice and man's 'genetic' flaw
3. Divine beauty: nature, art and humanity
4. The origin and early development of episcopacy at Rome
5. Caesaropapism, theocracy or neo-Augustinian politics?
6. The Catholic Church in 'modern' and 'post-modern' culture
7. Looking at hopes and fears in the rear mirror.
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