Ralph McInerny on Natural theology and his Father Dowling mystery novels

by Anna Blanch on June 5, 2010

Today I want to share an interview with Ralph McInerny on natural theology and his mystery novels. This is volume 52 of the free Mars Hill Audio bonus tracks ! Here is the full list of free interviews.

Dr Thomas Hibbs describes the late Professor Ralph McInerney (1929-2010) in a First Things tribute published in January 2010:
He was a philosopher (author of more than two dozen scholarly books, he gave the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1999–2000), a translator (he translated the texts of Aquinas for Penguin Classics), a critically acclaimed and popular novelist (author of a number of mystery series, including the popular Father Dowling series that became a television series), a public intellectual (he appeared on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and was a member of President George W. Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities), a journalist (with Michael Novak, he founded Crisis, a journal of lay Catholic opinion), and a published poet.

If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.

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Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. 

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  • John

    Natural "theology" is an interesting creature.

    It essentially starts with the presumption of having thoroughly identified with the body and the world as given realities, and then trying to argue ones way back to The Divine Reality—or to take "heaven by storm" using reasoned arguments. Altogether it is a fundamentally naive and entirely reductionist project.—as these references point out. Such "theologians" seldom if ever use the word Consciousness, or Light (the Energy of Consciousness)
    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/aletheon/truth-god
    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/gnosticon
    http://www.dabase.org/broken.htm

    Plus please check out a radical Illuminated Understanding of the life and teaching of Saint Jesus of Galilee via this essay and website.
    http://www.beezone.com/up/forgottenesotericismjes

    Essays which should be compulsory reading for all of those "emerging scholars" who pretend that they are bringing "Jesus" and "God" back to the academy.

    Also Religion and Reality
    http://global.adidam.org/books/religion-reality.h

  • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

    Two things John –
    1. thankyou for taking the time to provide links to resources explaining natural theology. I'm not a proponent of natural theology and this post should be taken to indicate as such. It is a link to an interesting interview. Just because i don't agree with someone doesn't mean i should listen to them and try to understand their position.
    2. I think you are confused about "emerging scholars" – it has absolutely, categorically nothing to do with emerging theology or the emerging church. It is an initiative that predates this movement and is a group of young christian scholars supported in their spiritual and intellectual development by Intervarsity. in this case young and emerging are interchangeable.

    thanks for commenting.

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