Critical Intersections: Religion and Society

AuthorHouse, 19 de juny 2006 - 420 pàgines

Life is all about intersections. Living is where sorrow meets joy, where pain encounters ecstasy, where the weakness of the flesh is buoyed by the strength of faith, where love conquers all doubts and betrayals. Marriage is for better and worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health; it is for life and death. Spirituality is the arduous integration of lifes dispositions and tendencies, of ones urges and habits, for the whole to reach out in transcendence to ones fellow human beings and to God. Growth to Christian maturity is actualizing the intersecting, because cruciform, demands of love of God and love of neighbor, which follows the path that leads from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.

Academic life is also becoming one of intersections. After the increasing structural differentiation and functional specialization characteristic of modernity, academic disciplines are critically intersecting and cross-fertilizing with each other for integration, enrichment, and further enlightenment. The behavioral sciences need genetics and biology for a more adequate explanation of human behavior. Homo oeconomicus of neoclassical economics is complemented by the realities of power of homo sociologicus. Theology calls on the social sciences, in addition to its ancient ancilla, philosophy, to make moral sense of social and global problems. Interdisciplinary courses try to make connections between the disciplines students have studied, and to integrate the breadth and the depth of knowledge they have been exposed to.


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Pàgina 7 - So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your bro'ther, and then come and offer your gift.
Pàgina 12 - That is, private property does not constitute for anyone an absolute and unconditioned right. No one is justified in keeping for his exclusive use what he does not need, when others lack necessities. In a word, « according to the traditional doctrine as found in the Fathers of the Church and the great theologians, the right to property must never be exercised to the detriment of the common good.
Pàgina 10 - You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

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M. D. Litonjua is professor of sociology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has Licentiates in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila), a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He is the author of Liberation Theology: The Paradigm Shift,and Structures of Sin, Cultures of Meaning: Social Science and Theology . He has also published in Theology Today,the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, Studies in ComparativeInternational Development, Chicago Studies, Philippine Studies, and International Review of Modern Sociology .

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