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Faith, Resistance, and the FutureDaniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought$
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James L. Marsh and Anna Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239825

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.001.0001

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Philosophy and the Prophetic Challenge

Philosophy and the Prophetic Challenge

(p.22) Philosophy and the Prophetic Challenge
Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Martin J. De Nys

Fordham University Press

This chapter stresses the fruitful interplay between philosophy and prophecy, and the way in which Berrigan mediates the prophetic tradition to the contemporary scene and a unique and compelling way. Self-appropriation, which starts intellectually, and is rooted in the desire to know must complete itself in commitment, in love, and the works of love. Christian philosophers work in a context in which they acknowledge the integrity and critical autonomy of intellectual inquiry, identify philosophical inquiry as a component of a more comprehensive project of self-transcendence and service to the ends of love, and identify the bases of the works of love as a necessary inter-relation between contemplations and engagement. For the Christian philosopher, it is important to call on the prophetic tradition as a resource in doing philosophical work, to critique systemic violence, to do philosophy of religion, and to do one’s work in a university which may be overly-identified with secular culture.

Keywords:   Inter-play, Christian philosophy, Self-appropriation, Love, Works of love, Prophetic

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