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A Reason Open to God

J. Steven Brown

Publication Year: 2013

With clarity and wisdom, Pope Benedict XVI sets out his vision for Catholic higher education in this first and only collection of his major addresses on the topic. What is the mission and identity of a Catholic university? What are the responsibilities of administrators, teachers, and students in Catholic institutes of higher learning? Where does the central theme of "love of God and others" fit into academia?

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. 6-7

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pp. vii-viii

The idea for this book was born out of a challenge laid before me by the president of the Catholic University of America in January 2011—namely, he asked me to respond publicly, together with five of my colleagues, to the question “What does faith have to do with the intellectual life?” For me this question was not a dry, abstract ...

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pp. ix-xxv

This is a collection of Pope Benedict XVI’s addresses and writings about education and the university. During his papacy Benedict has devoted special attention to the “educational emergency” of recent years.1 It is a subject about which he has a lot to say. Before his election he was a widely admired academic theologian. ...

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Introduction. The Problem and the Urgent Task Ahead

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pp. 1-5

We all have at heart the good of the people we love, especially our children, adolescents, and young people. Indeed, we know that it is on them that the future of our city depends. ...

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1. The Relationship of Faith and Reason

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pp. 7-44

It is a moving experience for me to be back again at the university and to be able once again to give a lecture at this podium. I think back to those years when, after a pleasant period at the Freisinger Hochschule, I began teaching at the University of Bonn. ...

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2. The Symphony of Freedom and Truth

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pp. 45-68

I greet all of you with affection in the Lord, and I offer you my prayerful good wishes for a grace-filled pilgrimage ad limina Apostolorum. In the course of our meetings I have been reflecting with you and your brother bishops on the intellectual and cultural challenges of the new evangelization in the context of contemporary American society. ...

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3. Education and Love

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pp. 69-96

As a young priest Karol Wojtyla already had the idea of “teaching how to love.” It was later to fill him with enthusiasm when, as a young bishop, he confronted the difficult times that followed the publication of my predecessor Paul VI’s prophetic and ever timely encyclical Humanae Vitae. ...

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4. Pedagogy and Learning

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pp. 97-150

The beginning of a new year, God’s gift to humanity, prompts me to extend to all, with great confidence and affection, my heartfelt good wishes that this time now before us may be marked concretely by justice and peace. ...

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5. The Church—Education in Faith and Community

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pp. 151-224

For the third consecutive year our diocesan convention gives me the possibility of meeting and speaking to you all, addressing the theme on which the Church of Rome will be focusing in the coming pastoral year, in close continuity with the work carried out in the year now drawing to a close. ...

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6. Culture and the University

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pp. 225-260

I would like to speak with you this evening of the origins of Western theology and the roots of European culture. I began by recalling that the place in which we are gathered is in a certain way emblematic. ...

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7. Science, Technology, and Theology

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pp. 261-297

On this occasion I would like to contribute a few thoughts. Our time is one in which the experimental sciences have transformed the vision of the world and even man’s understanding of himself. ...

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pp. 299-301

What does the Church expect of you? It is the very theme on which you are reflecting that suggests the appropriate response: “New Disciples of Emmaus: Being Christians in the University.” After the meeting of European professors that took place two years ago, now you students are also coming together to offer the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe your willingness to continue on the path of cultural elaboration that St. Benedict intuited ...


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pp. 303-313

E-ISBN-13: 9780813221489
E-ISBN-10: 081322148X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813221472
Print-ISBN-10: 0813221471

Page Count: 343
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 861793531
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  • Catholic Church -- Doctrines.
  • Catholic universities and colleges.
  • Catholic Church -- Education.
  • Christianity and culture.
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