As religious believers feel themselves more threatened by the modern world, they increasingly often turn to fundamentalism. The fundamentalist argues that attempts to engage with contemporary culture will only end in the watering down of the Christian message to suit the passing whims of the age. In Fidelity without Fundamentalism Gerard J. Hughes shows that in fact being a truly faithful Christian involves avoiding fundamentalism; to be faithful is to express our faith in a way that respects contemporary knowledge.
I am both a Jesuit priest and a philosopher. I studied philosophy years ago at Oxford as an undergraduate, and later for a doctorate at the University of Michigan in the late 60s, where I was supervised by Bill Frankena, and enjoyed the company of other members of that department -- Charles Stevenson, Bill Alston, Jaegwon Kim and the others. It was a great place to be.
Doctorate done, I came back to London to the newly created Heythrop College in the University of London where I taught for almost thirty years, most of them as Head of the Philosophy Department. In 1998, I was asked to take the post of Master at Campion Hall Oxford, which I held from 1998-2006. I am now semi-retired, though I still enjoy tutoring; and best of all, I am in charge of nothing! I am interested in Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, and especially in Aristotle. The older I get, the more I admire Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.
I have a Jesuit namesake, Gerard W Hughes, with whom I have been confused for years -- a situation not helped by us both living in the same community, for the first time ever. My middle initial is 'J'.