The New Catechism and the Optimism of the Redeemed

Response to David Schindler’s Comments

W. Norris Clarke

I am deeply grateful for these com­ments, both the appreciative, the critical, and the constructive ones. In a sense they are a model for what a truly fruitful philosophical or theo­logical discussion should be, as I think the reader will soon see. In my answer I would like to do two things: (1) clear up certain misunderstand­ings of my thought, and in this sense to defend it; but more importantly, (2) to acknowledge the lacuna in my own thought which Prof. Schindler has very insightfully laid his finger on, to accept gratefully the new lines of development he has sketched out, and to begin to integrate them into a more complete metaphysical vision.