Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of Pages: 304
Width: 15.1 cm
Height: 22.7 cm
In support of Pope John Paul II's call for the re-envisioning of the mission of the Catholic University, Sheed and Ward renews its ongoing commitment to the field of Catholic Studies by presenting Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape. As it explores the intersection of Catholicism with cultural expressions of literature and art, holiness and personal devotion, faith and secular society, Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape fosters dialogue between the Gospel and culture, confirms the "catholicity" of the Church and her institutions, and engages human experience. This selection of essays represents the work of respected international scholars who convened at the world's first International Conference of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Edited by Sr. Paula Jean Miller, F.S.E., and Dr. Richard Fossey, this volume includes forays into French, Polish, and English cultures and also those of North, South, and Central America. As an academic discipline, Catholic Studies is dedicated to unfolding the interpenetration of culture and faith as it is embodied in the cultural achievements and expressions of persons and societies. With the commitment to discover truth and a history grounded in the tradition of the Church, the Catholic University emerges as the ideal mediator in the encounter of faith and culture as they engage each other in our ordinary experiences, creative imaginations, and daily social involvements.
Phenomenal ! No book better brings forward the catholic in Catholicism. Readers of all faiths (and non-faiths) will be impressed by the 'rebirth of the human spirit,' found in these essays. This is a book for our times, now and in the future. -- William E. Doll Jr., Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape does exactly that. Its essays provide a spiritually enlightening journey into the depth and breadth of the relationship between Catholicism and culture. -- Thomas C. Hunt, professor at the University of Dayton and co-editor of Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice The Catholic intellectual tradition has long provided means of addressing issues of justice, care, and community within the college classrooms. Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape provides reflective and contemporary essays on the evolution of this tradition in the arts, humanities and social sciences, providing new foundations for making these vital linkages. It provides interesting reading for lay faculty in colleges and universities of all types. -- Edward P. St. John, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University The unity of Catholic faith makes possible a rich variety of culture adaptation. This fascinating collection of essays illustrates this fundamental feature of Catholicism in ways that fulfill the hopes of Vatican II. Ranging through literature, spirituality, and social justice, it will be an inspiration to Catholic universities seeking to strengthen their true identity and interdisciplinarity. -- Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., Aquinas Institute of Theology, St.Louis, MO. Mapping the Catholic Cultural Landscape is a remarkable anthology of readings which provide both a sense of Catholicism's rich cultural diversity and its intellectual coherence. The anthology offers an accessible introduction to the range and unity of Catholic thought and to the diversity of its cultural expressions and will be especially useful for an undergraduate audience. But the work will also be of interest to anyone who seeks to explore these issues in greater depth. The work is an important achievement. -- Don J. Briel, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota