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Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V


ISBN13: 9780199689989
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2011)
Price: £26.49
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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 by authentic 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 natural evolution), 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Previously unpublished papers include several University and college sermons, and a substantial introduction.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction
Religion in public reason and law
1: Darwin, Dewey, Religion, and the Public Domain
2: Talking about God in a Pluralist Society
3: Secularism's Practical Meaning
4: Secularism and Hope
5: Religion and State
6: Political Neutrality and Religious Arguments
7: Catholic Positions in Liberal Debates - Bases for accepting revelation
8: Historical Consciousness and Theological Foundations
9: Faith, Morals, and Thomas More
10: On Creation and Ethics
11: St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief
12: Philosophy and God's Nature: Second Thoughts
13: Do Universities Corrupt the Young?
14: This World and the Next
15: Three and One - Conscience & Faith
16: Conscience in Newman's Letter to the Duke of Norfolk
17: Grace and Humility - Controversies
18: Christianity and World Order
19: Natural Law and "Unnatural Acts"
20: On Retranslating Humanae Vitae
21: Morality and the Second Vatican Council
22: The "Consistent Ethic of Life"
23: Nuclear Deterrence and the End of Christendom
24: Proportionalist Relativism
25: with Anthony Fisher: Theology and "the Four Principles"
26: Secularism and "The Culture of Death"
27: Hell and Hope;

Series: Collected Essays of John Finnis

Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III ISBN 9780199689965
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The Collected Essays of John Finnis: Volumes I-V ISBN 9780199689934
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Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV ISBN 9780199689972
Published September 2013
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Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II ISBN 9780199689958
Published September 2013
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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I ISBN 9780199689941
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The Collected Essays of John Finnis: Volumes I-V ISBN 9780199580040
Published April 2011
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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I ISBN 9780199580057
Published April 2011
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Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II ISBN 9780199580064
Published April 2011
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Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III (eBook) ISBN 9780191021534
Published April 2011
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Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III ISBN 9780199580071
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Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V ISBN 9780199580095
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