Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

What Is Truth? from the Academy to the Vatican

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

What Is Truth? from the Academy to the Vatican

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WHAT IS TRUTH? FROM THE ACADEMY TO THE VATICAN by John M. Rist Cambridge University Press, 376 pages, $34.99

John Rist, known for his scholarly work on Augustine and Aristode, brings his considerable intellectual skills to bear on a remarkable thesis: Catholicism, and nothing else, can offer a coherent anthropology and historical theory of culture.

Rist defends a rigorous sense of the development of doctrine, and of human understanding in general, through six thematic tropes: the incompleteness of the traditional sense of man's status as imago Dei; righdy understanding freedom and divine justice in the face of original sin; our inadequate appreciation of the place of "beauty" in the theology of creation as well as ethics; the significance of the doctrinal, and therefore cultural, authority of the Catholic Church in relation to the state; the need for the languages of "rights" and "dignity" to interpenetrate and resuscitate each other; and, finally, the relation in general of Catholicism to modernity and the role of the papacy in historical development. …

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