In his excellent contribution to The Second Vatican Council, Paul Murray makes a crucial distinction between ecumenical optimism and Christian hope. Optimism, he argues, is 'reality-denial,' an assurance that 'things are not really bad as they might seem and will all inevitably work out well,' while hope 'takes reality in all its starkness radically seriously, even into and through death. -- Peter J. Leithart First Things
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is Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Bristol, England. Emma Jane Harris
is a Theology and Religious Studies graduate of the University of Bristol and has undertaken research at L'Institut Catholique de Paris. Her research interests include postmodern theology, literature and gender issues.