The Third Millennium

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256 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780878407552 (0878407553)

ISBN: 9781589014701

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September 1999
LC: 99-18234



The Third Millennium
Reflections on Faith and Reason
David Walsh

This provocative meditation on the turn of the millennium explores the significance that a celebration of Christ's birth can have beyond the Christian community.

Writing from the perspective of Christian philosophy, David Walsh ponders the emergence of modern civilization from the medieval Christian past, concluding that Christian theology grounds the dominant ideas of modern society. He professes the importance and promise of Christianity while rejecting the Gnosticism, advocated by Harold Bloom and others, that places the divine within the self.

Affirming Christ's place at the heart of civilization, Walsh argues that the Christian faith has relevance beyond its own boundaries for all traditions that find their common ground in reason. This contemplative book asserts that the Christian millennial jubilee has meaning for all and that it points the way toward the fullness of life in this world as well as in eternity.

David Walsh is a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of several books, including After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (Harper/Collins, 1990, and Catholic University of America Press, 1996) and The Growth of the Liberal Soul (University of Missouri Press, 1997). He is also the editor of two of the volumes of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin.

"Walsh's book will be of . . . intense interest for seminary students and faculty, and is recommended to upper level readers."—Catholic Library World

"The Third Millennium is essential reading for anyone interested in the central cultural meaning of Christianity in our time."—Irish Theological Quarterly

"A powerhouse of a book . . . Walsh offers nothing less than a comprehensive, convincing, and dynamic program for rethinking transcendence and immanence, reason and revelation, science and politics in our pluralistic and globalized culture."—Robert Royal, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.