Bridging the Sacred and the Secular: Selected Writings of John Courtney Murray

Citation: 
Murray, John Courtney. Bridging the Sacred and the Secular: Selected Writings of John Courtney Murray. Edited by J. Leon Hooper. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1994.
Abstract: 

In this volume Hooper has collected 31 of Murray's shorter writings on several themes related to what he considered to be the central characteristic of the modern world, the differentiation of the sacred and the secular. Murray insisted that this differentiation is not the end of the historical process; rather, he believed the next challenge was to develop a synthesis wherein the differentiation would be subsumed in a higher unity. For most of his career Murray had emphasized a set of distinctions that he used to make his philosophical case for civil religious freedom: that between state and society, between the spiritual and the temporal, the revealed and the natural, and grace and nature. He became concerned, however, that these distinctions not be taken as the final word in Western history. He feared, says Hooper, that they were hardening into ramparts and that society stood in danger of collapsing into social incoherence.

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