St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI:
St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief

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This chapter is the English text of the 1987 university Latin sermon, in honour of the patron saint of the author's college, who died in 687. The chapter meditates on St Cuthbert's faith and his unique way of actualizing the capacity celebrated in Oxford University's motto Dominus illuminatio mea and its objective correlate: the world as enarratio Dei, an intelligible (because intelligently created) telling-forth of God. And on the foundations of the hope nurtured by the saint of the ultimate kingdom of Christ, a hope dependent on Christ's bodily resurrection, denied by the present (1987) holder of the see established for St Cuthbert's remains, and by others, on the basis of unsound arguments.

Keywords: resurrection; kingdom of Christ; Dominus illuminatio mea; hope; faith; created intelligibility

Chapter.  1665 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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