The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects

The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects

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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 millennia. 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 millennia. 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: 9780739135976
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/18/2010
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Prologue Chapter 3 1. The Triumph of Christianity Chapter 4 2. Beowulf (521-800?) Chapter 5 3. Moses Maimonides (1135 - 1204) Chapter 6 4. Thomas Aquinas ( 1224 - 1274) Chapter 7 5. Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) Chapter 8 6. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 1375) Chapter 9 7. Geoffrey Chaucer (1340 - 1400) Chapter 10 8. Thomas More (1478 - 1535) Chapter 11 9. Martin Luther (1483 - 1548) Chapter 12 10. Michel Eÿquem de Montaigne (1533 - 1592) Chapter 13 11. Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593) Chapter 14 12. Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662) Chapter 15 13. Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) Chapter 16 14. Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809) Chapter 17 15. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860) Chapter 18 16. Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) Chapter 19 17. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) Chapter 20 18. The Modern Greek Character and Islam Chapter 21 19. A Memo to Prostestants Chapter 22 20. Public Funds and Church-sponsored Schools Chapter 23 21. Reason versus Revelation Reconsidered Chapter 24 22. Morality and the Law of Abortion Chapter 25 23. Animal Sacrifices and the Sacrifice of Morality Chapter 26 24. On Physician-assisted Suicide Chapter 27 25. Mortality and Happiness Chapter 28 26. The Case for Israel Chapter 29 Epilogue Chapter 30 Appendices: Further Thoughts on the Moral Challenges of Our Time Chapter 31 A. European Jews, Their "Christian" Neighbors, and the Holocaust (2000) Chapter 32 B. On the Right to Live as a Beggar: Reflections by Moonlight (2001-2002) Chapter 33 C. On Knowing Oneself: Projections and Introspection (2003) Chapter 34 D. On Facts and Theories: Lessons for Law Students from Ptolemy's Astronomy (2004) Chapter 35 E. Christmas Stories (2004) Chapter 36 F. Still Another Look at Taoism (2005) Chapter 37 G. On the Apparent Knowability of the Good (2005) Chapter 38 H. On Properly Knowing Oneself (2006) Chapter 39 I. Come, All Ye Faithful: St. John Chrysostom and the Meaning of Christmas (2006) Chapter 40 J. An Academic Autobiography, by Way of St. Thomas and St. Ignatius (2008) Chapter 41 K. Struggles for the Soul of Christendom (2008) Chapter 42 L. On Truly Knowing What One is Trying to Do: The Mystery of Evil (2008) Chapter 43 M. Glimpses of Leo Strauss, Jacob Klein, and St. John's College (2009)

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