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Faithful Reading


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Foreword - Timothy Radcliffe, OP 1. What Lacks is Feeling: Hume versus Kant and Habermas - John Milbank 2. Newman, Wittgenstein and Foundationalism - Patrick Sherry 3. Overcoming Modern Epistemology - Charles Taylor 4. Augustine on Knowing God and Knowing the Self - Janet Soskice 5. Culture, Faith and Reason - David B. Burrell, C.S.C 6. Extending the Thomist Movement from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century: Under what Conditions could there be a `Literary Thomism'? - Oliver-Thomas Venard, OP 7. The Parallel Journey of Faith and Reason: Another Look via Aquinas ' s De Veritate - Simon Oliver 8. Witness - Stanley Hauerwas and Charles Pinches 9. Gender in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar - Karen Kilby 10. Nuptial Mysteries - Gerard Loughlin 11. Discerning the Dynamics of Doctrinal Development: A Post-Foundationalist Perspective - Paul D. Murray 12. Divisions in Christianity: The Contribution of `Appeals to Antiquity' - Thomas O ' Loughlin 13. Tell it Slant: The True Motion of Love ' s Contemplation - Cyrus P. Olsen 14. Longing for Resurrection - Graham Ward Bibliography of works by Fergus Kerr, OP Index

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A collection of essays, broadly in the Catholic tradition, on key themes in Christian theology and philosophy by some of the most eminent living theologians.

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Dr Simon Oliver is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research interests centre on issues in philosophical theology, the doctrine of creation, and theology and the history of natural science. Dr Karen Kilby is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research has focused on the theology of the early medieval period, and on the works of insular writers in particular.


Faithful Reading is a beautiful act of homage to Fergus Kerr, who is one of the great theologian-philosophers of the last half-century. The range of topics treated in it -- epistemology, emotion, literary theory, imagination, the proper construal of Thomas, of Wittgenstein, of Newman, and always, first and last, of theology as something we humans cannot avoid doing -- is vast, as was true of Kerr's work. And the standard is consistently high: the passion of reason is evident in these essays, as it also is, to a high degree of intensity, in Kerr's own work. -- Paul J. Griffiths, Duke Divinity School, USA
Many festschrifts lack coherence, but not in this case. Why not? Because the wide ranging contributions here correspond so well to the scope of Kerr's powerful theological mind. -- Henri-Jerome Gagey, Theologicum de l'Institut Catholique de Paris, France
This collection of important essays in their own right is an ample testament to the range, depth and centrality of Fergus Kerr's influence in British theology over the past fifty years. Indeed it testifies the remarkable degree to which this Scottish Dominican has been its crucial midwife. -- Catherine Pickstock, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK

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