The Other Calling: Theology, Intellectual Vocation and Truth

The Other Calling: Theology, Intellectual Vocation and Truth

Author(s): Andrew Shanks

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405157667

Online ISBN: 9780470774106

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774106

About this Book

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.


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

  • Offers a strikingly original approach to the moral and political 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 "priesthood of all thinkers", considering how once, all intellectuals were as a matter of course also priests
  • Published in the new and prestigious Illuminations series

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Philosophy

  2. Part II: Theology

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