(William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, August 2012)
Edited by James Heft and John O’Malley.
Since the closing of Vatican II (1962-1965) nearly fifty years ago, several multivolume studies have detailed how the bishops at the council debated successive drafts and finally approved the sixteen documents published as the proceedings of the council. However, the meaning of those documents, their proper interpretations, and the ongoing developments they set in motion have been hotly debated.
In a word, Vatican II continues to be very much a topic of discussion and debate in the Roman Catholic Church and beyond. The council was an extraordinarily complex reality. It is no wonder, therefore, that opinions vary, sometimes sharply, as to its significance. This volume explores these major flashpoints.
The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate
(Oxford University Press, March 2012)
Edited by Daniel K. Finn. Caritas in veritate (Charity in Truth) is the ”social” encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, one of many papal encyclicals over the last 120 years that address economic life. This volume, based on discussions at a symposium co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, analyzes the situation of the Church and the theological basis for Benedict’s thinking about the person, community, and the globalized economy.
Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue
(Oxford University Press, October 2011)
Edited by James Heft, this volume features chapters by five Catholic scholars, each expert in another world religion, with responses from participants in those religions, followed by further comments from the Catholic scholar. Each chapter features an annotated bibliography for further study.
Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities
(Oxford University Press, September 2011)
Written by James Heft, president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, this book confronts three major changes facing Catholic educators: the shift to primarily lay leadership and staffs, the change in the general culture to pervasive consumerism and therapeutic attitudes, and the power of the new social networks on adolescents.
The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life
Edited by Daniel K. Finn
(Oxford University Press, 2010)
The True Wealth of Nations arises fom the conviction that implementing a morally adequate vision of the economy will generate sustainable prosperity for all. It sets forth the beginnings of an architecture of analysis for relating economic life and Christian faith—intellectually and experientially—and helps social scientists, theologians, and all persons of faith to appreciate the true wealth of any nation.
Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility Among Jews, Christians and Muslims
(Oxford, Spring 2011)
Edited by James Heft, Reuven Firestone and Omid Safi, this book is based upon an extensive discussion in Jersualem that included an international group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars who explore how to accept the limited grasp all believers have of God’s revelation without falling into relativism. In a unique epilogue, the editors, in dialogue with each other, ask what should be the point of interreligious dialogue.
The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity
(Oxford, Spring 2011)
The essays in this book, edited by Francis Oakley, intellectual historian and former president of Williams College and Michael Lacey, former director of the American Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in D.C., shed new light on the paradox of power in the life and thought of the Catholic Church today, focusing on the tensions between authority asserted and authority observed. The result is an essential primer on the present moment in contemporary Catholicism.
Passing on the Faith
(Fordham University Press, 2006)
From the beginning, the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—have stressed the importance of transmitting religious identity from one generation to the next. Today, that sustaining mission has never been more challenged. Will young people have a faith to guide them? How can faith traditions anchor religious attachments in this secular, skeptical culture?
Filled with real-world wisdom, Passing the Faith will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand what religions must, and can, do to inspire a vigorous faith in the next generation.
Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals
(Fordham University Press, 2005)
How do Catholic intellectuals draw on faith in their work? And how does their work as scholars influence their lives as people of faith? For more than a generation, the University of Dayton has invited a prominent Catholic intellectual to present the annual Marianist Award Lecture on the general theme of the encounter of faith and profession. Over the years, the lectures have become central to the Catholic conversation about church, culture, and society. In this book, ten leading figures explore the connections in their own lives between the private realms of faith and their public calling as teachers, scholars, and intellectuals.
Beyond Violence: Religious Sources of Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
(Fordham University Press, 2004)
In an age of terrorism and other forms of violence committed in the name of religion, how can religion become a vehicle for peace, justice, and reconciliation? And in a world of bitter conflicts-many rooted in religious difference-how can communities of faith understand one another? The essays in this important book take bold steps forward to answering these questions. The fruit of a historic conference of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and community leaders, the essays address a fundamental question: how the three monotheistic traditions can provide the resources needed in the work of justice and reconciliation. Two distinguished scholars represent each tradition.