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."