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God and Caesar

Selected Essays on Religion, Politics, & Society

George Pell

Publication Year: 2011

Drawing on a deep knowledge of history and human affairs, the essays pinpoint the key issues facing Christians and non-believers in determining the future of modern democratic life

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

Although it was not totally unexpected, Alaric’s capture of Rome on 24 August 410, resonated not only in the city itself but throughout the empire. We know that three days of looting, destruction, and massacre followed...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

Democracy in Australia has been good to the Catholic community, who spread over the entire continent, nowhere constituting even a local regional majority. Since 1986 Catholics have replaced Anglicans as the largest denomination, a little over...

Catholicism and Democracy

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pp. 7-

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1. Law and Morality

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pp. 9-24

Whether and to what extent the principles of morality, and in particular religious morality, should be incorporated in the civil law is a difficult question, although for some it finds an apparently easy answer. Those who...

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2. The Church and Politics

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pp. 25-34

Much ink has been spilled on the relationship of religion and politics. Unfortunately there will be no breakthroughs here, only my attempt to identify some markers in this often vexed discussion and to discuss a few particular...

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3. Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom

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pp. 35-51

In 1894 the English prime minister Lord Rosebery appointed to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge Regius Professors of Modern History, neither of whom had published a book or would do so in their lifetimes. The first...

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4. Catholicism and Democracy

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pp. 52-67

Describing Australia as a secular society has become almost a throw-away line, but the reality is different. Data from the 2001 Census showed that 68 percent (64 percent in 2006) of Australians describe themselves as Christian, and about 75 percent...

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5. Is There Only Secular Democracy?

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pp. 68-84

One of the great vices of our age is that we get used to things too quickly. The German philosopher Nietzsche, a master of the dubious aphorism, once remarked that what does not kill us makes us stronger. He held that this was how we know...

Faith, Reason, and Life

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pp. 85-

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6. God, Evolution, and Consilience

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pp. 87-101

The distinguished Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson is highly regarded and is the recipient of many awards and fellowships. He has authored two Pulitzer Prize–winning...

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7. The Role of the Bishop in Promoting the Gospel of Life

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pp. 102-125

Oshima is a small Japanese island, thirty-two kilometers long, cradled between the large islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. There we can confront the future. In 2005, Japan had the oldest population in the world, because...

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8. The Case for God

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pp. 126-145

Beginning in the second half of the eighteenth century science cast itself as the great antithesis of religion. For a while this looked rather convincing. What intelligent person...

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9. Theology and the University

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pp. 146-156

Newman was a university man and knew the university well, not just as a Fellow of Oriel College but also as vicar of St. Mary’s church in Oxford. He was renowned as a university preacher, with Gladstone describing him as the...

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10. Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Moral Responsibility

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pp. 157-174

In his 1993 encyclical Veritatis splendor Pope John Paul II claimed that the Church was facing a genuine crisis that touched the very foundations of moral theology.1 He explained that this crisis was no longer a matter of limited...

Bibliography

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pp. 175-182

Index

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pp. 183-189


E-ISBN-13: 9780813216973
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215037

Page Count: 205
Publication Year: 2011