160 pages, 8 × 4.75 × 0.5 in
November 15, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1559704977
ISBN - 13: 9781559704977
From the Publisher
They stand on opposite ends of the spectrum: one is the world-famous author of The Name of the Rose and a self-declared secularist; the other is a senior member of the Catholic Church (often mentioned as a possible successor to the pope). In this amicable but adversarial exchange of letters and ideas, Eco and Martini debate abortion, women in the Catholic Church, ethics, and the apocalypse. They frame a debate that has begun to rage in this millennial year, aware of the gulf between belief and nonbelief that separates them. The result is illuminating. Where are the limits of belief? What can a nonbeliever believe? Some of America's most provocative writers and thinkers from across the spectrum of faiths and backgrounds offer their reaction to the subjects raised by Eco and Martini.
About the Author
First a semiotician at the University of Bologna, and a leading figure in contemporary Italian culture, Eco brought semiotics to fiction in his first novel, The Name of the Rose (1980). This unexpected international best-seller employs the techniques of a detective novel along with sophisticated postmodern narrative and verbal conundrums, to recount a series of murders in a medieval monastery. Eco's fascination with the Middle Ages began when he was a student at the University of Torino, where he wrote his doctoral thesis (1954) on St. Thomas Aquinas. The Name of the Rose (1980) won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981, as well as numerous international awards.
From Our Editors
What position do you take when it comes to such issues as women in the Catholic church, abortion or homosexuality? Think you could match wits with two of the world's most enlightened experts on these subjects? Umberto Eco, the author of the best-selling novel, The Name of the Rose - and a man with views that could infuriate and frustrate even the most liberal Catholics - throws down the gauntlet in Belief or Nonbelief? A Confrontation. His contender? Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini - a church official within the highest echelons at the Vatican who is not only opinionated, but is also vying for the papacy. Don't miss this collection of stimulating correspondence and essays!