Almost single-handedly, Ernest L. Fortin resuscitated the study of political philosophy for Catholic theology. Fortin's interests were vast: the Church Fathers, Dante and Aquinas, modern rights, ecumenism. All of these are in Ever Ancient Ever New, the fourth and final volume of Fortin's collected essays. Edited by Michael Foley, the volume contains articles never before published and is for anyone wishing to continue their education from Ernest Fortin or to begin learning from him for the first time.
Michael P. Foley is Assistant Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University, where he has been teaching since 2004. He is co-editor of Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach: Essays on Religion and Political Philosophy in Honor of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A.
Part 1 Foreword: The Propaedeutic Theology of Ernest L. Fortin Part 2 Part I: The Early Church and the Wisdom of the Greeks Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Rebirth of Patristic Studies Chapter 4 Chapter 2. The Church Fathers and the Transmission of theChristian Message Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Nature of the Christian Message Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The "Rhetoric" of the Church Fathers Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Saint Augustine and the Neoplatonic Doctrine of the Soul: Letter 137.11 (translated by Marc A. LePain) Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The City of God Part 9 Part II: Philosophical Culture in the Middle Ages Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Translatio Studii Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Thomas Aquinas as a Political Thinker Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Dante and Averroism Part 13 Part III: Biblical Faith and Modern Philosophy Chapter 14 Chapter 10. The New Moral Theology: Genesis and Present State Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Christianity and the Enlightenment: A Foreword Chapter 16 Chapter 12. The Enlightenment and the Church: The Changing Configurations Chapter 17 Chapter 13. A Tocquevillian Perspective on Religion and the American Regime Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Humanae Vitae's Silver Jubilee: Twenty-Five Years Later Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Men of Letters: The Little Known Correspondence Between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin Part 20 Part IV: Catholic Education: Its Past and Its Future Chapter 21 Chapter 16. Why I Am Not a Thomist Chapter 22 Chapter 17. Philosophy and Democratic Education Chapter 23 Chapter 18. The New Catholic College Chapter 24 Chapter 19. An Academic Approach to the Teaching of Theology Chapter 25 Chapter 20. Moral Values Part 26 Part V: Ecumenical Dialogue Chapter 27 Chapter 21. The Anguish of Unity: A Roman Catholic Perspective Chapter 28 Chapter 22. The Ecumenical Venture Chapter 29 Chapter 23. Holiness of the Church and Ministerial Holiness Chapter 30 Chapter 24. Christian Mission and Spirituality: Roman Catholics and Methodists in Dialogue Chapter 31 Chapter 25. Ecumenism - Where Do We Go from Here? Part 32 Part VI: Selected Responses and Remarks Chapter 33 Chapter 26. Public Theology: A Response to Max Stackhouse Chapter 34 Chapter 27. Religious Consciousness: A Response to Robert Bellah Chapter 35 Chapter 28. The Enlightenment and Freedom: Critical Remarks on Ernest van den Haag's "Desolation of Reality" Chapter 36 Chapter 29. Religion and the American Regime Chapter 37 Chapter 30. Comment on Hughes Regarding the Strauss-Voegelin Correspondence Chapter 38 Chapter 31. Aristotle and the Sociobiologists: An Old Controversy Revisited Part 39 Part VII: Selected Reviews Chapter 40 Jean Bethke Elshtain, Augustine and the Limits of Politics Chapter 41 Harry A. Wolfson, The Philosophy of the Church Fathers Chapter 42 Jaroslav Pelikan, Emergence of the Christian Tradition Chapter 43 H.Y. Jung, The Crisis of Political Understanding Chapter 44 A.S. McGrade, The Political Thought of William of Ockham Chapter 45 David Hollenbach, Justice, Peace, and Human Rights Part 46 Part VIII: Facetae Fortinianae: The Wit of Ernest Fortin Chapter 47 Pep Rallies Chapter 48 Epilogue: An Intellectual Autobiography Chapter 49 Bibliography of Fortin's Works