Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V by John FinnisReligion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V by John Finnis

Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V

byJohn Finnis

Paperback | October 5, 2013

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The essays in Religion and Public Reasons seek to argue for, and illustrate, a central element of John Finnis's theory of natural law: that the main tenets of personal and political morality, and of a good legal order, are taught both by reason (arguments accessible to everyone) and byauthentic divine revelation (teachings accessible to all who have a reasonable faith in its witnesses). The author's main books each include arguments for rejecting atheism and agnosticism; several papers here take up these arguments and indicate ways in which they open onto the reasonable grounds for accepting that more about God's nature, and about the meaning of Creation (including ongoing naturalevolution), is disclosed by the revelation carried far forward among the Jewish people, and given definitive form by the Jews and Greeks who assembled in the universal Church, as witnesses of Christ, to carry forward that revelation into our present. Several papers argue that "public reason"properly includes such a religion, and that Humeian, Nietzschean, Deweyian, Rawlsian or other atheistical or deistic understandings of a reasonable secularism are badly mistaken. Many substantial papers record the author's position in controversies within Catholicism since the 1960s: on social justice, contraception and abortion; nuclear deterrence; Newman on conscience before pope; Maritain's hopes for a new Christendom and von Balthasar's for a hell empty of human persons;and on "proportionalism" and Lonerganian "historical consciousness" as moral-theological methods. Previously unpublished papers include several University and college sermons, and a substantial introduction.
John Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College. He is the Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.
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Title:Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume VFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pagesPublished:October 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689989

ISBN - 13:9780199689989

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Table of Contents

Introduction Religion in public reason and law1. Darwin, Dewey, Religion, and the Public Domain2. Talking about God in a Pluralist Society3. Secularism's Practical Meaning4. Secularism and Hope5. Religion and State6. Political Neutrality and Religious Arguments7. Catholic Positions in Liberal DebatesBases for accepting revelation8. Historical Consciousness and Theological Foundations9. Faith, Morals, and Thomas More10. On Creation and Ethics11. St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief12. Philosophy and God's Nature: Second Thoughts13. Do Universities Corrupt the Young?14. This World and the Next15. Three and OneConscience and Faith16. Conscience in Newman's Letter to the Duke of Norfolk17. Grace and HumilityControversies18. Christianity and World Order19. Natural Law and "Unnatural Acts"20. On Retranslating Humanae Vitae21. Morality and the Second Vatican Council22. The "Consistent Ethic of Life"23. Nuclear Deterrence and the End of Christendom24. Proportionalist Relativism25. Theology and "the Four Principles" by with Anthony Fisher26. Secularism and "The Culture of Death"27. Hell and Hope