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George Bernard Shaw thought that a Catholic university was a contradiction in terms--"university" represents intellectual freedom and "Catholic" represents dogmatic belief. Scholars, university administrators, and even the Vatican have staked out positions debating Shaw's observation. In this refreshing book, George Dennis O'Brien argues that contradiction arises both from the secular university's limited concept of academic freedom and the church's defective notion of dogma. Truth is a central concept for both university and church, and O'Brien's book is built on the idea that there are different areas of truth--scientific, artistic, and religious--each with its own proper warrant and "method." In this light, he argues that one can reverse Shaw's comparison and uncover academic dogma and Christian freedom, university "infallibility" and dogmatic "fallibility." Drawing on theology and the history of philosophy, O'Brien shows how religious truth relates to the work of a Catholic university. He then turns to the current controversies over Pope John Paul II's recent statement, "Ex Corde Ecclesiae," which seeks to make Catholic universities conform to the church's official teaching office. O'Brien rejects the conventional "institutional-juridical" model used by the Vatican as improper both to faith and academic freedom. He argues for a "sacramental" model, one that respects the different kinds of "truth"--thus preserving the integrity of both church and university while making their combination in a Catholic university not only possible but desirable. O'Brien concludes with a practical consideration of how the ideal Catholic university might be expressed in the actual life of the contemporary curriculum and extracurriculum. For anyone concerned about the place of religion in higher education, "The Idea of a Catholic University" will be essential reading.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Idea of a Catholic University by Dennis O'Brien & George Dennis O'Brien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Commonweal - 03/14/2008 page 15
Commonweal - 07/12/2002 page 24
Christian Century - 10/09/2002 page 22
Books & Culture - 01/01/2003 page 32
Choice - 11/01/2002 page 487
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Studio: University Of Chicago Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2002
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
ISBN 0226616614 ISBN13 9780226616612
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More About Dennis O'Brien & George Dennis O'Brien
George Dennis O'Brien is president emeritus of the University of Rochester and former president of Bucknell University. He is the author of a number of books, including "What to Expect from College" and "All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education," the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.