“Truth” is a Divine Name: Hitherto Unpublished Papers of Edward A. Synan, 1918-1997.

“Truth” is a Divine Name: Hitherto Unpublished Papers of Edward A. Synan, 1918-1997

Edited by Janice L. Schultz-Aldrich

Rodopi, 2010
ISBN: 978-90-420-3154-8

This volume contains essays on an array of topics originally presented orally by a master teacher and scholar. With characteristic rhetorical elegance, Msgr. Synan, late professor at the Pontifical Institute in Toronto, delivered these papers in a variety of settings on issues relating to his specialty of mediaeval Christian philosophy and to his interest in Jewish-Christian dialogue, on the theology of sanctity and of death, and on morally significant historical events. Medieval figures represented here include Aquinas, Augustine, Abelard, and Godfrey of St. Victor; some topics treated are war and peace, philosophical innovations, ecclesiology, evil, goliardic verse, law and abortion, Church councils and Jews in the Middle Ages, and convictions uniting Jews and Christians. This book also contains representative sermons–including a Month’s Mind for Etienne Gilson, an introduction detailing Synan’s background and professional contributions, an updated bibliography of his published works, and an extensive index. Especially appealing to those who knew Synan are three posthumous tributes and thirteen photographs from throughout his life. The selections in this volume are scholarly but non-technical, intended for anyone moved to seek elucidation of the topics discussed.


Medieval Figures

  • The Innovations of Aquinas
  • The Conversions of Augustine
  • Thomas Aquinas: “Evil is found in the world”
  • Augustine on War and Peace
  • The Ecclesiology of Augustine
  • Abelard’s Moslem as a Good Pagan
  • Verses and Wisdom in the Twelfth Century

Jewish-Christian Relations

  • Shadows on the Cavern Wall
  • The Church and the Jews: The Dialogue of Yesteryear—As Christians Heard It
  • The Church and the Jews after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215)
  • What Unites Jews and Christians?

Selected Topics

  • The Theology of Sanctity
  • The Theology of Suffering and Dying
  • Captain Dreyfus and the Third Man

Convocation Addresses and Sermons

Convocation Addresses

Five Sermons

Three Tributes

Bibliography of Edward A. Synan’s Published Works

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