Catholic and Intellectual: Conjunction or Disjunction?

Marcia L. Colish

in Believing Scholars

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225255
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236589 | DOI:
Catholic and Intellectual: Conjunction or Disjunction?

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This chapter examines both the conjunction and disjunction of a Catholic and an intellectual. The discussion consults two commentators, John Henry Newman and Jaroslav Pelikan. Newman published The Idea of a University in 1855 and Pelikan published his reflections on that book, The Idea of a University: A Reexamination, in 1992. Newman stresses the idea that theology should be taught as a university discipline. He does not want to see it ghettoized in seminaries or monasteries. The chapter argues that Newman views the copula as a conjunction as well as a disjunction. In sharp contrast with Newman's rigorous distinction between intellectual and moral virtue, Pelikan thinks that universities must subscribe to and inculcate virtues that are both intellectual and moral. Pelikan argues that the church needs the university more than the university needs the church. The chapter concludes that Catholic and Intellectual is a conjunction not disjunction.

Keywords: Newman; Pelikan; moral virtue; conjunction; disjunction; university; church; intellectual virtue

Chapter.  4639 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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