Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism

Education and the Restoration of Humanity

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Jens Zimmermann
  • Oxford, U.K.: 
    Oxford University Press
    , February
     304 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Allen forthcoming.


Since the early 1980s, there has been renewed scholarly interest in the concept of Christian humanism. A number of official Catholic documents have stressed the importance of ‘Christian humanism’ as a vehicle of Christian social teaching and, indeed, as a Christian philosophy of culture. Fundamentally, humanism aims to explore what it means to be human and what the grounds are for human flourishing. Featuring contributions from internationally renowned Christian authors from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism recovers a Christian humanist ethos for our time. The volume offers a chronological overview (from patristic humanism to the Reformation and beyond) and individual examples (Jewell, Calvin) of past Christian humanisms. It recovers Christian humanism as a philosophy of culture by conducting historical and conceptual work that includes visionary forays into the application of Christian humanism to current issues. The chapters are connected through the theme of Christian paideia as the foundation for liberal arts education.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jens Zimmermann was born and raised in Germany. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a PhD in Philosophy from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He currently occupies the position of Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture, and is Professor of English at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. His publications include Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2015) and Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (OUP, 2012).

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