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The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects

The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects

by George Anastaplo, Martin E. MartyGeorge Anastaplo


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The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects delves into the history of the western Christian heritage. Challenges to the Christian heritage, a heritage nourished both by Judaism and by the western classics, have been stimulated by the very success of the way of life that is promoted, a way of life that is somehow responsible for the emergence of modern science with its revolutionary technology. The reader is encouraged to reconsider authors prominent in the religious tradition of the West. Guidance is provided for examinations of the fundamental assumptions and the enduring questions by which Western Civilization has been guided and challenged for millenniums. The enduring texts that we in the West repeatedly encounter, especially the most challenging of them, are apt to draw upon, and to illuminate the fundamental assumptions and the enduring questions by which Western Civilization has been guided and challenged for millenniums. Vital to Western Civilization has long been the Christian Heritage. That Heritage has been taken for granted in our general education, in something as prosaic as the everyday operations of our legal system, and perhaps even in our economic and other social arrangements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739135983
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

George Anastaplo, author of numerous books, teaches at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Dominican University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Martin E. Marty xi

Prologue xv

1 The Triumph of Christianity 1

2 Beowulf (521–800?) 10

3 Moses Maimonides (1135–1204) 25

4 Thomas Aquinas (1224–1274) 29

5 Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) 35

6 Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) 55

7 Geoffrey Chaucer (1340–1400) 67

8 Thomas More (1478–1535) 76

9 Martin Luther (1483–1548) 91

10 Michel Eÿquem de Montaigne (1533–1592) 109

11 Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) 119

12 Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) 128

13 Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) 134

14 Thomas Paine (1737–1809) 140

15 Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) 145

16 Charles Darwin (1809–1882) 156

17 Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) 170

18 The Modern Greek Character and Islam 176

19 A Memo to Protestants 190

20 Public Funds and Church-Sponsored Schools 196

21 Reason versus Revelation, Reconsidered 204

22 The Legislation of Morality and the Law of Abortion 209

23 Animal Sacrifices and the Sacrifice of Morality 216

24 On Physician-Assisted Suicide 224

25 Mortality and Happiness 236

26 The Case for Israel 242

Epilogue 255

Appendices: Further Thoughts on the Moral Challenges of our Time

Appendix A European Jews, Their “Christian” Neighbors, and the Holocaust (2000) 257

Appendix B On the Right to Live as a Beggar: Reflections by Moonlight (2001–2002) 301

Appendix C On Knowing Oneself: Projections and Introspection (2003) 307

Appendix D On Facts and Theories: Lessons for Law Students from Ptolemy's Astronomy (2004) 311

Appendix E Christmas Stories (2004) 315

Appendix F Still Another Look at Taoism (2005) 319

Appendix G On the Apparent Knowability of the Good (2005) 335

Appendix H On Properly Knowing Oneself (2006) 337

Appendix I Come, All Ye Faithful: St. John Chrysostom and the Meaning of Christmas (2006) 341

Appendix J An Academic Autobiography, by Way of St. Thomas and St. Ignatius (2008) 343

Appendix K Struggles for the Soul of Christendom (2008) 347

Appendix L On Truly Knowing What One Is Trying to Do: The Mystery of Evil (2008) 357

Appendix M Glimpses of Leo Strauss, Jacob Klein, and St. John's College (2009) 361

Notes 371

Index 431

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