Spring 2009

The Entrance Into Jerusalem

Introduction: The Entrance Into Jerusalem

Our Spring 2009 issue begins with a brief statement regarding the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary law degree and give the commencement address at the university’s graduation in May. . . .

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To See Where God Dwells: The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition

Gary A. Anderson

“We cannot see God face to face, but he has graciously consented to let us see where he dwells.”

Scripture and Ethics: Bearings From Balthasar

David M. McCarthy

“The drama of salvation is the social landscape of Christian ethics: worship, in the liturgy of the Word and Eucharist, is the formative praxis that shapes our vision and virtuous dispositions to act because God is acting to bring us into trinitarian life.”

Balthasar and Irenaeus: The Total Glorification of God and of Man in God

Rodrigo Polanco

“Balthasar, in following Irenaeus, does nothing more than take up once again a way of doing philosophy-theology that is proper to patristics: the theme of being cannot be seen except from God.”

Rawlsian Public Reason, Natural Law, and the Foundation of Justice: A Response to David Crawford

Martin Rhonheimer

“We need political philosophy as moral philosophy which does not simply teach about ultimate truths to be realized, but about the intrinsic morality of a public conception of justice that is able to provide common ground for citizens who want to cooperate peacefully for a common good.”

Amalek and the Early Christian Battle for Interpretation

Andrew Hofer