Four Cultures of the West
By (author) John W. O'Malley
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Four Cultures of the West by John W. O'Malley
Book DescriptionThe workings of Western intelligence in our day--whether in politics or the arts, in the humanities or the church--are as troubling as they are mysterious, leading to the questions: Where are we going? What in the world were we thinking? By exploring the history of four "cultures" so deeply embedded in Western history that we rarely see their instrumental role in politics, religion, education, and the arts, this timely book provides a broad framework for addressing these questions in a fresh way.The cultures considered here originated in the ancient world, took on Christian forms, and manifest themselves today in more secular ways. These are, as John W. O'Malley identifies them: the prophetic culture that proclaims the need for radical change in the structures of society (represented by, for example, Jeremiah, Martin Luther, and Martin Luther King, Jr.); the academic culture that seeks instead to understand those structures (Aristotle, Aquinas, the modern university); the humanistic culture that addresses fundamental human issues and works for the common good of society (Cicero, Erasmus, and Eleanor Roosevelt); and the culture of art and performance that celebrates the mystery of the human condition (Phidias, Michelangelo, Balanchine).By showing how these cultures, as modes of activity and discourse in which Western intelligence has manifested itself through the centuries and continues to do so, O'Malley produces an essay that especially through the history of Christianity brilliantly illuminates the larger history of the West.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674021037
(225mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John W. O'Malley
Catholic History for Today's Church, Hardback (September 2015)
We can't understand the issues swirling in today's Catholic Church without understanding the past. In this book acclaimed historian John W. O'Malley, SJ, illuminates contentious issues-from celibacy to the role of the pope-through their history and then shows how that past connects with life today.
Jesuits, Hardback (October 2014)
In The Jesuits acclaimed historian John W. O'Malley, SJ, provides essential historical background from the founder Ignatius of Loyola through Pope Francis and the present. Concise and compelling, this brief book is an accessible introduction for anyone interested in world or church history.
Trent, Hardback (January 2013)
Trent, the Catholic Church's attempt to put its house in order after the Reformation, has long been praised and blamed for things it never did. This one-volume history, the first in modern times, explores the volatile issues that pushed several Holy Roman emperors, kings and queens of France, five popes, and all of Europe to the brink of disaster.
History of the Popes, Paperback (August 2011)» View all books by John W. O'Malley
Tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world-the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years.
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Author Biography - John W. O'Malley
John W. O'Malley is Distinguished Professor of Church History at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He is the author of The First Jesuits and Trent and All That (both from Harvard).
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