The twentieth century will forever be marked by the horrific event of the Shoah. As a young man, the future John Paul II witnessed this horror during the Nazi occupation of Poland. His pontificate achieved a number of groundbreaking steps in the Catholic Church's relationship with the Jewish people. This book both reflects upon John Paul II's achievements, and seeks to continue the theological and philosophical dialogue that he cherished. By examining together the words and deeds of John Paul II, eminent Jewish and Catholic scholars exemplify in this volume the dialogue that John Paul fostered. Together, Jews and Catholics can encourage each other in the tasks of knowing the Creator, living a life worthy of the created dignity that human beings possess, and defending the vulnerable among us. As Dostoevsky warned before the horrors of the twentieth century, without God, anything is permitted. Following in the footsteps of John Paul II, we discover that our search for meaning and truth is one that needs to be undertaken arm-in-arm. Contributors include Hadley Arkes, David G. Dalin, Robert P. George, Matthew Levering, Bruce Marshall, David Novak, Michael Novak, Gregory Vall, and George Weigel.
David G. Dalin is an ordained rabbi and professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida. Matthew Levering is associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University in Florida.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Historical Reflections Chapter 4 Chapter 1: John Paul II: A Biblical Pilgrim in the World Chapter 5 Chapter 2: David G. Dalin Part 6 Part II: Ethical Reflections Chapter 7 Chapter 3: John Paul II and the Moral Ground of the Polis: Reclaiming the Jewish-Catholic Ground Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Natural Law and Divine Command: Some Thoughts on Veritatis Splendor Chapter 9 Chapter 5: The Asymmetrical Relation: Novak and Novak Part 10 Part III: Biblical-Systematic Reflections Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Reclaiming God's Providence: John Paul II and the Holy Land Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Elder Brothers: John Paul II's Teaching on the Jewish People as a Question to the Church Chapter 13 Chapter 8: "Man Is the Land": The Sacramentality of the Land of Israel