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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief

St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief

(p.189) 12 St Cuthbert's Faith and the Bishop of Durham's Unbelief
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter is the English text of the 1987 university Latin sermon, in honour of the patron saint of the author's college, who died in 687. The chapter meditates on St Cuthbert's faith and his unique way of actualizing the capacity celebrated in Oxford University's motto Dominus illuminatio mea and its objective correlate: the world as enarratio Dei, an intelligible (because intelligently created) telling-forth of God. And on the foundations of the hope nurtured by the saint of the ultimate kingdom of Christ, a hope dependent on Christ's bodily resurrection, denied by the present (1987) holder of the see established for St Cuthbert's remains, and by others, on the basis of unsound arguments.

Keywords:   resurrection, kingdom of Christ, Dominus illuminatio mea, hope, faith, created intelligibility

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