16 Jul

The Queen of the Sciences

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 07/16/06

"[T]heology . . . may find itself the one discipline capable of integrating the otherwise unconnected disciplines that constitute the modern university. . . . 'the purpose of the university is to find love at the heart of all things, for love is the cause of the world. This does not mean that the study of atoms is going to show that love rather than neutrons and protons is to be found. Rather, once the atomic structure has been explicated the question of how such ordering analogically facilitates the possibilities of love, harmony, beauty, and truth is vital, and is another way of recognizing the ethical and methodological dimensions of the disciplines.'" Stanley Hauerwas, "Theology as Knowledge: A Symposium" First Things (May 2006)

In the April 2006 issue of First Things, R. R. Reno (a guest on Volume 67 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal) wrote about theology's role in knowing and affirming truth. In part of his essay he noted theology's position in the academy in pre-modern times and traced its journey as it relinquished its lofty position as queen of the sciences. In the May 2006 issue of First Things, several professors contributed to a related discussion in "Theology as Knowledge: A Symposium." In the article James R. Stoner, Jr., Stanley Hauerwas, Paul J. Griffiths, and David B. Hart (also a guest on Volume 67 of the Journal) distinguished the position theology used to hold in society and the academy, mentioned its current virtual absence in both arenas, and argued about the possibility and wisdom of it reclaiming its throne.

"Theology as Knowledge" is available on-line. [Posted July 2006, ALG]