Irish philosopher and priest Dr Brendan Purcell has spent years endeavouring to unravel what makes us human, investigating the mystery of human origins and exploring the drama of human existence. In this work written in his honour, the contributors offer their own valuable insights into the human voyage of self-discovery.
They guide us through some of the teachings of significant authors, such as Plato, William of Ockham, John Henry Newman, Walker Percy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Eric Voegelin, Bernard Lonergan, Patrick Kavanagh, Chiara Lubich, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Lévinas.
They also offer us reactions on topics such as faith and science, religious freedom and dialogue, Trinity and creation, language and human symbolism, bodiliness, art, holiness and conscience.
Brendan Leahy is professor of theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and author of numerous publications. A von Balthasar scholar, he is involved in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. He is also Secretary of the Irish Bishops' Advisory Committee on Ecumenism.
David Walsh is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America. Originally from Clonmel in Tipperary, he studied in both University College Dublin and the University of Virginia. He has authored and edited numerous publications, most recently The Modern Philosophical Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to engage intelligently in a discussion of the many controversial issues that are matters of public debate today in the Catholic Church. It will also be an invaluable resource for present-day students of theology. Helpful notes with each essay, as well as a Brendan Purcell bibliography, offer the opportunity to continue the study beyond this book. It is highly recommended for college library shelves.
– Judith Kappenman SSJ, Catholic Library World, Volume 84, No. 3