Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Eschatology, Liturgy, and the Task of Thinking

Jeffrey Bloechl

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pp. vii-xxii

Our question today, and perhaps always, asks not whether God exists but what God’s relation is to the world. This question troubles the life of faith, and it challenges the theology that provides that life with its necessary intelligence. And one misses its full force if one reduces it to a matter of divine mystery, where to be sure thought does meet an essential limit. The...

A Note on the Translation

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pp. xxiii-xxx

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1. Theōria, vita philosophica, and Christian Experience

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pp. 1-30

To give honor where honor is due, let the philosopher be the first to come on stage: after all, those whom we name “theologians” only adopted this label very late and, in the first centuries of Christianity, simply considered themselves philosophers. To make the gross distinction between “philosopher” and “theologian” is to be mistaken about the meaning of “philosophy"...

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2. Philosophy, Theology, and the Academy

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pp. 31-62

The transition from late antiquity to the Middle Ages is obscure and remains open to any number of potential periodizations. Intellectual history customarily requires that we propose a name and in this instance the custom is not wrong. We are speaking of Boethius. Boethius matters to the history of philosophy because of his occupation as translator and commentator...

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3. Philosophy, Theology, and the Task of Thinking

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pp. 63-90

We can affirm without any shilly-shallying that Scholastic theology is a scientia. And because the University was universitas scientiarum, we can propose the equivalence of scientia and university discipline. This suffices for the epoch. This will also suffice later, after the appearance of the concept of science, if we are content to assign to theology a place among the...

Notes

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pp. 91-98

Index

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pp. 99-106