”Students in the contemporary university … suffer from the lack of any normative philosophical orientation or basic formation. Typically, they are offered no unifying account of reality that would span the diversity of intellectual disciplines. And indeed where would they get one?”
Last week at a conference on the Renewal of Thomistic Thought, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, gave an excellent talk on the problems and needs of Christian theology in the present age. He covers a huge swath of intellectual territory, from the faults of modern scientific positivism, to the importance of nuance and compassion in engaging the culture. His lecture is profound, and though oriented specifically toward students of Thomas Aquinas, includes insights that transcend denominational boundaries.