Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Catholcism and the Social Sciences

In a letter to William F. Lynch, S.J., editor of Thought, dated June 21, 1954 (found in the "Renaissance Ideas and the American Catholic Mind" files), Ong writes:
Related to this theme is that you deal with on p. 20--which reminds me somewhat of Piere Teilhard--namely the necessity for a deeper penetration of the mysteries and realities of man in order to make possible the greater penetration of the Incarnation into the whole. (You say it in somewhat other words for your particular audience.)
This is why one of the greatest intellectual scandals in the Church today is the absence of compentent anthropologists--or anthropological psychologists, with paleontological as well as contemporary perspectives-- on our philosophy and theology faculties.

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