The Other Calling: Theology, Intellectual Vocation and Truth (Illuminations: Theory & Religion)

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What is the true calling of the intellectual? In this provocativenew book, Andrew Shanks presents a distinctive fresh answer. TheOther Calling is a systematic riposte both to the elitism ofphilosophy in the heritage of Plato, and to the typicalindividualism of Plato's philosophic opponents. Here, instead,intellectual integrity is identified with a form of priesthood.


  • Asserts that intellectuals are critical to bringing togetherthe common aspirations of a community

  • Offers a strikingly original approach to the moral andpolitical aspects of theology’s relationship with philosophy,exploring the perspectives of both disciplines
  • Draws on the work and thought of Christians, Muslims, Hindus,Buddhists, Agnostics, and Atheists
  • Argues for a new, religiously multicultural “priesthoodof all thinkers”, considering how once, all intellectualswere as a matter of course also priests
  • Published in the new and prestigious Illuminationsseries

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What is the true calling of the intellectual? In this provocative new book, Andrew Shanks presents a distinctive fresh answer. The Other Calling is a systematic riposte both to the elitism of philosophy in the heritage of Plato, and to the typical individualism of Plato's philosophic opponents. Here, instead, intellectual integrity is identified with a form of priesthood. Recalling how, once, all intellectuals were, as a matter of course, also priests, Shanks argues for a new, religiously multicultural 'priesthood of all thinkers'. The argument -- developed first in philosophical terms, then in relation to Christian theology -- is about the most basic moral purposes of both disciplines. It negotiates a strategic partnership between the two, as complementary contributions to this 'priestly' ethos. The Other Calling is a strikingly original approach to the moral and political aspects of theology's relationship with philosophy, and displays all the erudition that we have come to expect from Andrew Shanks.

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Andrew Shanks is the Canon Theologian for Manchester Cathedral. He is also the author of the following books: Hegel's Political Theology (1991), Civil Society, Civil Religion (Blackwell, 1995), God and Modernity (2000), What is Truth? (2001), and Faith in Honesty (2006).

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