Beholding the Logos: The Church, the Environment, and the Meaning of Man

Beholding the Logos: The Church, the Environment, and the Meaning of Man Christopher J. Thompson Beholding the Logos The Church, the Environment, and the Meaning of Man When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place-- What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? (Ps 8:4) Introduction To behold the heavens and gaze upon the infinite expanse of a star-studded sky, indeed to ponder any vista of creation's splendor is to be drawn not merely into the mystery of creation, the intricacies of cause and effect; rather, to ponder the mystery of things is to be inevitably drawn into the meaning of the human person. The splendor of being thrusts us back upon ourselves and calls us to question the meaning of our own existence.1 Does our Catholic intellectual tradition help us navigate such questions? Is there a distinctive Catholic voice crying in the wilderness? If we are to live up to the claim made by Pope Paul VI in Populorum progressio and echoed again by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis splendor in which they speak of the Church as "an expert in humanity," l http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Beholding the Logos: The Church, the Environment, and the Meaning of Man

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Christopher J. Thompson Beholding the Logos The Church, the Environment, and the Meaning of Man When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place-- What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? (Ps 8:4) Introduction To behold the heavens and gaze upon the infinite expanse of a star-studded sky, indeed to ponder any vista of creation's splendor is to be drawn not merely into the mystery of creation, the intricacies of cause and effect; rather, to ponder the mystery of things is to be inevitably drawn into the meaning of the human person. The splendor of being thrusts us back upon ourselves and calls us to question the meaning of our own existence.1 Does our Catholic intellectual tradition help us navigate such questions? Is there a distinctive Catholic voice crying in the wilderness? If we are to live up to the claim made by Pope Paul VI in Populorum progressio and echoed again by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis splendor in which they speak of the Church as "an expert in humanity," l

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Published: Jul 9, 2009

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