In this Book

Church and Society
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One of the leading theologians of our time, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., has written and lectured on a wide range of topics across his distinguished career, and for a wide range of audiences. Integrating faith and scholarship, he has created a rich body of work that, in the words of one observer, is both faithful to Catholic tradition and fresh in its engagement with the contemporary world.Here, brought together for the first time in one volume, are the talks Cardinal Dulles has given twice each year since the Laurence J. McGinley Lectures were initiated in 1988, conceived broadly as a forum on Church and society. The result is a diverse collection that reflects the breadth of his thinking and engages with many of the most important-and difficult-religious issues of our day.Organized chronologically, the lectures are often responses to timely issues, such as the relationship between religion and politics, a topic he treated in the last weeks of the presidential campaign of 1992. Other lectures take up questions surrounding human rights, faith and evolution, forgiveness, the death penalty, the doctrine of religious freedom, the population of hell, and a whole array of theological subjects, many of which intersect with culture and politics. The life of the Church is a major and welcome focus of the lectures, whether they be a reflection on Cardinal Newman or an exploration of the difficulties of interfaith dialogue. Dulles responds frequently to initiatives of the Holy See, discussing gender and priesthood in the context of church teaching, and Pope Benedict's interpretation of Vatican II. Writing with clarity and conviction, Cardinal Dulles seeks to render the wisdom of past ages applicable to the world in which we live.For those seeking to share in this wisdom, this book will be a consistently rewarding guide to what it means to be Catholic-indeed, to be a person of any faith-in a world of rapid, relentless change.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Foreword: Avery Dulles, Vir Ecclesiasticus...
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxi-xxiii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxv-xxvii
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  1. 1. University Theology as a Service to the Church: December 6–7, 1988
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Teaching Authority in the Church: March 16, 1989
  2. pp. 16-26
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  1. 3. Catholicism and American Culture: The Uneasy Dialogue: December 5–6, 1989
  2. pp. 27-42
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  1. 4. Faith and Experience: Strangers? Rivals? Partners?: March 14, 1990
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. 5. Newman, Conversion,and Ecumenism: December 4, 1990
  2. pp. 51-67
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  1. 6. The Uses of Scripture in Theology: April 10, 1991
  2. pp. 68-86
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  1. 7. John Paul II and the New Evangelization: December 4–5, 1991
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. 8. Historical Method and the Reality of Christ: April 2, 1992
  2. pp. 103-115
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  1. 9. Religion and the Transformation of Politics: October 6, 1992
  2. pp. 116-128
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  1. 10. The Church as Communion: March 31, 1993
  2. pp. 129-141
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  1. 11. The Prophetic Humanism of John Paul II: September 28, 1993
  2. pp. 142-156
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  1. 12. The Challenge of the Catechism: October 20, 1994
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. 13. Crucified for Our Sake: Love, Violence, and Sacrifice: April 10, 1995
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. 14. John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium: November 16, 1995
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. 15. Priesthood and Gender: April 10, 1996
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. 16. The Travails of Dialogue: November 19, 1996
  2. pp. 221-233
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  1. 17. The Ignatian Tradition and Contemporary Theology: April 10, 1997
  2. pp. 234-247
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  1. 18. Mary at the Dawn of the New Millennium: November 19, 1997
  2. pp. 248-261
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  1. 19. Should the Church Repent?: April 15, 1998
  2. pp. 262-275
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  1. 20. Human Rights: The United Nations and Papal Teaching: November 18, 1998
  2. pp. 276-290
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  1. 21. Can Philosophy Be Christian? The New State of the Question: April 7, 1999
  2. pp. 291-305
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  1. 22. Justification Today: A New Ecumenical Breakthrough: October 26, 1999
  2. pp. 306-317
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  1. 23. The Papacy for a Global Church: March 22, 2000
  2. pp. 318-331
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  1. 24. The Death Penalty: A Right-to-Life Issue?: October 17, 2000
  2. pp. 332-347
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  1. 25. Religious Freedom—a Developing Doctrine: March 21, 2001
  2. pp. 348-359
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  1. 26. Christ Among the Religions: November 7, 2001
  2. pp. 360-372
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  1. 27. When to Forgive: April 10, 2002
  2. pp. 373-386
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  1. 28. The Population of Hell: November 20, 2002
  2. pp. 387-400
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  1. 29. True and False Reform in the Church: April 23, 2003
  2. pp. 401-413
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  1. 30. John Paul II and the Mystery of the Human Person: October 21, 2003
  2. pp. 414-429
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  1. 31. The Rebirth of Apologetics: March 2, 2004
  2. pp. 430-442
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  1. 32. A Eucharistic Church: The Vision of John Paul II: November 10, 2004
  2. pp. 443-454
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  1. 33. How Real Is the Real Presence?: February 15, 2005
  2. pp. 455-467
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  1. 34. Benedict XVI: Interpreter of Vatican II: October 25, 2005
  2. pp. 468-484
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  1. 35. The Mission of the Laity: March 29, 2006
  2. pp. 485-496
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  1. 36. The Ignatian Charism at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century: November 29, 2006
  2. pp. 497-508
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  1. 37. Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief: April 17, 2007
  2. pp. 509-521
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  1. 38. Who Can Be Saved?: November 7, 2007
  2. pp. 522-534
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  1. McGinley Lectures Previously Published
  2. pp. 535-538
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  1. Index
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