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The Courage of Faith

Some Philosophical Reflections

Steven T. Ostovich, PhD

Living a courageous life is not easy. It requires a person to find the balance between fearlessness and cowardice. In The Courage of Faith Steven Ostovich encourages readers to wrestle with their questions of belief in order to find a way to choose faith. He shows that belief, promise, hope, love, responsibility, and thinking demand courage. Ostovich helps readers to reflect on their understandings of these topics by using the writings of philosophers from Plato to Hannah Arendt, René Descartes to Simone de Beauvoir. By engaging philosophy, theology, and the Bible, he challenges readers to courageously think from and through faith. The result of such thinking is a commitment to belief. Steven T. Ostovich, PhD, is professor of philosophy and chairs the departments of philosophy and theology/religious studies at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He writes about political theology, the Bible and philosophy, and time, history, and memory.

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Journey into Depth

The Experience of Initiation in Monastic and Jungian Training

Mary Wolff-Salin; Foreword by Sebastian Moore, OSB

Journey into Depth is a thorough comparison of monastic formation and preparation for becoming a Jungian psychoanalyst: two domains that share deep similarities in the experience of initiation. Using anthropological guidelines, Sister Mary Wolff-Salin discusses the three stages of an initiation process: separation, a period of liminality, and integration. Of these three periods, Wolff-Salin focuses on the liminal stage and experiences, such as an ordeal, obedience to elders, receiving of tradition handed down, and spiritual guidance. Journey into Depth bases its monastic reflection on a fictional journal that combines true human encounters to encompass many historical experiences. Wolff-Salin provides in-depth analysis of what happens within a human psyche when undergoing a prolonged period of initiation into a new way of living. Reflections on Jungian training are based on interviews with trainees and recently qualified analysts. Of interest to monastics and those studying the interplay between psychology and spirituality, Journey into Depth draws together threads—both spiritual and psychological—and gives valuable insight to the initiation process. Wolff-Salin also illustrates a deep commonality of experience as well as spiritual consequences in terms of growth. Journey into Depth begins with an introduction. Part One: Monastic Initiation begins with Section One: "Anthropological Reflection on Initiation," Section Two: “A Monastic Journal,” and Section Three: “Commentaries” (includes “A Monastic Commentary,” “Anthropological Commentary,” and “Psychological Commentary”). Part Two: Analytic Initiation includes an introduction, Section One: “Theory,” Section Two: “Experiences of Training” (includes “Ordeal,” “Disillusionment,” “Integration,” “Dreams,” “Summary”), Section Three: “Archetypes” (includes “Night Sea Journey and the Hero's Progress,” “Fathers and Mothers,” “Masculine and Feminine,” “The Encounter with the Shadow,” and “The Archetype of the Self”). Part Three: Conclusions includes “Initiation and Obedience,” “Transformation,” “Transformation and Death,” “Inner/Outer, Self/Other,” “Initiation and Mystery and Identity,” “Identity and Individuation.” Journey into Depth also includes appendices. Sister Mary Wolff-Salin is a Jungian psychoanalyst who has published books on connections between Jungian thought and spirituality or community life. She lives in the community of the Hermitage of the Advent in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

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What is Lonergan Up to in Insight?

A Primer

Terry J. Tekippe

Many consider Bernard Lonergan the outstanding Catholic philosopher of the twentieth century, and his Insight: A Study in Human Understanding (1957) is a brilliant but difficult work that has challenged innumerable readers. What Is Lonergan Up to in Insight? is an accessible introduction to the leading ideas of Lonergan's massive and major achievement in which he focuses on the dynamics of scientific method. Using Plato's Myth of the Cave as the guiding metaphor, Father Tekippe, who studied under Lonergan, introduces readers to the main ideas of Lonergan's magnum opus. He does not comment, summarize, nor substitute for Insight, but instead communicates faithfully Lonergan's own leading inspirations. Having studied Lonergan for thirty years, Father Tekippe brings the reader into the intricacies of the inner mind. Chapters relate the more abstract theological questions: "Knowing and Morality," "Being: The Object of the Pure Desire to Know," "The Idea of God," "The Existence of God," "Reflective Insight," and "Question, Inquiry, and the Heuristic," as well as the practical, everyday inquiries: "Insight in Common Parlance," "Insight in Sports," "Insight and the Detective Story," "Insight in Jokes," and "Great Insights in Science." Undergraduate and graduate students, those in catechetical and ministry schools, and all those interested in Lonergan's theology will appreciate this introduction to one of the most respected and influential works of our time. Terry J. Tekippe is a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He studied under Lonergan at the Gregorian University in Rome and has been a Lonergan Fellow at Boston College. He wrote a dissertation on Lonergan in theology (Fordham University) and in philosophy (Tulane University). He has edited the Lonergan Studies Newsletter and Papal Infallibility: An Application of Lonergan's Theological Method (1983). He published Lonergan and Thomas on the Will: An Essay in Interpretation (1993), and his Theology: Love's Question (1991) is an adaption of Lonergan's theological method for beginners.

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