Between Science and Religion: The Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Religion - 249 pages
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In exploring the role of Catholic intellectuals in engaging science and technology in the twentieth century, this book initially provides a background context for this evolution by examining the Modernism crisis in the first chapter. In order to unpack the subsequent evolution, Thompson then concentrates in separate chapters on the distinctive contributions of four specific Catholic intellectuals, Jacques Maritain (1882 1973), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 1955), Bernard Lonergan (1904 1984), and Thomas Merton (1915 1968). All of these intellectuals experienced some degree of official restraint in their efforts but through their distinctive intellectual trajectories, they contributed to a different engagement of the Church with science and technology. In the final chapters, the book first reviews the changes within the institutional Church in the twentieth century toward science and technology. Finally, it then applies some key ideals of the four intellectuals to anneal and extend John Paul II's approach of "critical openness" to suggest how the Church can now engage science and technology."
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Introduction
xv
The Legacy of the Modernist Crisis
1
Jacques Maritains Search for Wisdom 18821973
31
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 18811955 and the Operation of the Divine in the Universe
57
Bernard Lonergans 19041984 Cognitive Project
83
Thomas Mertons 19151968 Contemplative Critique
111
The Transformative Century
141
The Path of Critical Openness
181
Concluding Reflections
209
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Phillip M. Thompson is executive director of the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University.

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