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Teaching the Tradition: Catholic Themes in Academic Disciplines

John J. Piderit and Melanie M. Morey


The essential activity of Catholic colleges and universities at the undergraduate level is teaching material that is enlightened, contrasted, or highlighted by Catholic perspectives. Until about forty years ago this task was carried out predominantly by priests, sisters, and brothers. Bound to the Catholic Church in a special way, these people are no longer represented in significant numbers at Catholic institutions of higher education, and laypeople are now responsible for teaching in the Catholic tradition. The challenge is that priests, nuns, and brothers received extensive training in how ... More

Keywords: Catholic, higher education, religious, undergraduate, academic disciplines, theology, philosophy, Catholic intellectual tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199795307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Piderit, editor
Catholic Education Institute

Melanie M. Morey, editor
Catholic Education Institute

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Front Matter


John J. Piderit S.J., and Melanie M. Morey

Part One Foundations

2 Catholic Anthropology

Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.

3 Perspectives in Catholic Theology

Lawrence S. Cunningham

5 Perspectives in Catholic Philosophy II

David B. Burrell, C.S.C.

Part Two The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Humanities

6 Poetry and Catholic Themes

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

9 Reading Christian Texts and Images

Robert Kiely, and Paul J. Contino

10 Political Theory and Catholic Themes

Jeanne Heffernan Schindler

12 Mathematics, Reality, and God

Paul A. Schweitzer, S.J.

Part Three Religious Themes Related to the Sciences

Part Four The Good Life in the Professions

20 Medicine, Health, and Catholic Themes

Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., M.D.

21 Law in a Catholic Framework

Patrick McKinley Brennan

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