Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism: Education and the Restoration of Humanity

Hardcover | December 31, 2016

EditorJens Zimmermann

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Since the early 1980s, there has been renewed scholarly interest in the concept of Christian Humanism. A number of official Catholic documents have stressed the importance of "Christian humanism", as a vehicle of Christian social teaching and, indeed, as a Christian philosophy of culture.Fundamentally, humanism aims to explore what it means to be human and what the grounds are for human flourishing. Featuring contributions from internationally renowned Christian authors from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism recovers a Christian humanistethos for our time. The volume offers a chronological overview (from patristic humanism to the Reformation and beyond) and individual examples (Jewell, Calvin) of past Christian humanisms. The chapters are connected through the theme of Christian paideia as the foundation for liberal artseducation.

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Since the early 1980s, there has been renewed scholarly interest in the concept of Christian Humanism. A number of official Catholic documents have stressed the importance of "Christian humanism", as a vehicle of Christian social teaching and, indeed, as a Christian philosophy of culture.Fundamentally, humanism aims to explore what it ...

Jens Zimmermann was born and raised in Germany. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a PhD in Philosophy from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He currently occupies the position of Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture, and is Professor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: Christian Humanism: Theological Roots and Their Enduring Significance1. Jens Zimmermann: The Cultural Context for Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism2. John Behr: Patristic Humanism: The Beginning of Christian Paideia3. Irene Backus: The Church Fathers and the Humanities in the Renaissance and the ReformationPART II: Christian Humanism in Renaissance and Reformation4. Nicholas Wolterstorff: The Christian Humanism of John Calvin5. Torrance Kirby: Conversion and the Sacraments: Erasmian Humanism and Elizabethan Hermeneutics of the Eucharist6. Darren Provost: Erasmus, Christian Humanism, and Spiritual WarfarePART III: Christian Humanism, Education, and the Arts7. David Lyle Jeffrey: Scripture in the Studium and the Rise of the Humanities8. Brett Foster: Fiery Tongues and Minds Afire: Humanist Poetry in the English RenaissancePART IV: Christian Humanism and Modernity9. Martin Schlag: The Formation of a Catholic Concept of Christian Humanism and of Inclusive Secularity10. Thomas Albert Howard: Ignaz von Dollinger and the University: Examining a German Christian Humanist of the Nineteenth Century11. Russell Hittinger: From Institutions to Anthropology: The Christian Humanism of John Paul II and the Crisis of Modern Times