No other living tradition has been thinking about thinking longer than the Catholic Church. With carefully selected readings from classical, patristic, medieval, modern, and contemporary sources, Renewing the Mind proposes the Catholic tradition as the noblest and best hope for a recovery of humane learning in our time. Edited by theologian and philosopher Ryan N.S. Topping, this anthology draws from a range of classical and contemporary philosophers - from Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, Newman to Chesterton to Benedict XVI - to reconstruct and illustrate the enduring vitality of the Catholic tradition of thinking about thinking. Parts One, Two, and Three take up the essential characteristics which define all learning activity: its purpose (or end), its form and content (or curriculum), and its method (or pedagogy). With an eye to meeting the challenge of the present crisis in education, Part Four illustrates the contemporary renewal of Catholic education. Included are selections that speak not only to liberal or general education but to a variety of contexts in which Catholics are called to study or teach: at home, at school, in college, or in the seminary. Renewing the Mind includes an introductory essay on the history and renewal of Catholic education, followed by 38 selections each with an introduction, biography, and study questions; adorning the text throughout are illustrations from the National Gallery of Art. Educators of children and college students will find this an essential guide to the best of what has been said about what it means to be conformed to the mind of Christ.
"The great merit of this anthology is how, in order to help us contemplate the renewal of education, it returns to the first principles of education… There is no better toolkit available for educators seeking to renew minds."~C.S. Morrissey, The BC Catholic Paper
"… a good supplementary reader for an undergraduate course on the Catholic philosophy of education."~Timothy T.N. Lim, King's Evangelical Divinity School, London, Wabash Center
"this title is recommended for all teacher training college libraries and Catholic educators interested in fulfilling their mission informed by the wisdom of the past."~Hans Rasmussen, Catholic Library World
"the book as a whole is well conceived and well organized… the texts included are both diverse and relevant to Topping's vision of Catholic education."~Elizabeth H. Farnsworth, Newman Studies Journal
"Here he opens up the vast and variegated treasury of significant thinking that has gone over the centuries and from which Catholic educators can draw… Each text is preceded by admirably succinct introductions by the editor. Some of these comments are like gems, little in size but lighting up an idea with a sparkle... the editor has done a wonderful job in bringing out different emphases in, approaches to, priorties within and perspectives on education, seen in the light of Christian faith. His judicious selection of texts and his careful packaging of them cumulatively expose for readers valuable insights into a whole host of topics..."~John Sullivan, Heythrop Journal