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Denying and Disclosing God

Denying and Disclosing God
The Ambiguous Progress of Modern Atheism

by Michael J. Buckley

  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2004-01-01
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 9780300093841
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Reflecting on the development of atheism from the beginnings of modernity to the present day, the author suggests that atheism originated in the denial that the various forms of interpersonal religious experience possess any cognitive cogency.

What Do You Seek?

What Do You Seek?

by Buckley

  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release : 2016
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN : 0802873952
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Throughout the Gospels, Jesus teaches people and proclaims the kingdom of God. But that's not all. He also questions -- a lot. Jesus asks questions that challenge and unsettle. Questions that cut to the heart of human experience. Questions that -- like a plow plunging deeply into hard soil -- split life open. Distinguished theologian Michael Buckley in this book meditates on fourteen key personal questions that Jesus asks in the Gospel of John -- such questions as "What do you seek?" "Do you know what I have done to you?" "How can you believe?" "Do you take offense at this?" "Do you love me?" Readers will be challenged to new ways of thinking and living as they seek to follow Jesus.

The Givenness of Desire

The Givenness of Desire
Concrete Subjectivity and the Natural Desire to See God

by Randall S. Rosenberg

  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN : 1487500319
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Givenness of Desire, Randall S. Rosenberg examines the human desire for God through the lens of Lonergan's "concrete subjectivity." Rosenberg engages and integrates two major scholarly developments: the tension between Neo-Thomists and scholars of Henri de Lubac over our natural desire to see God and the theological appropriation of the mimetic theory of Ren� Girard, with an emphasis on the saints as models of desire. With Lonergan as an integrating thread, the author engages a variety of thinkers, including Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jean-Luc Marion, Ren� Girard, James Alison, Lawrence Feingold, and John Milbank, among others. The theme of concrete subjectivity helps to resist the tendency of equating too easily the natural desire for being with the natural desire for God without at the same time acknowledging the widespread distortion of desire found in the consumer culture that infects contemporary life. The Givenness of Desire investigates our paradoxical desire for God that is rooted in both the natural and supernatural.

God at the Crossroads of Worldviews

God at the Crossroads of Worldviews
Toward a Different Debate about the Existence of God

by Paul Seungoh Chung

  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release : 2016-10-22
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0268100594
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Debates about the existence of God persist but remain at an impasse between opposing answers. God at the Crossroads of Worldviews reframes the debate from a new perspective, characterizing the way these positions have been defined and defended not as wrong, per se, but rather as odd or awkward. Paul Chung begins with a general survey of the philosophical debate regarding the existence of God, particularly as the first cause, and how this involves a bewildering array of often-incommensurable positions that differ on the meaning of key concepts, criteria of justification, and even on where to start the discussion. According to Chung, these positions are in fact arguments both from and against larger, more comprehensive intellectual positions, which in turn comprise a set of rival "worldviews." Moreover, there is no neutral rationality completely independent of these worldviews and capable of resolving complex intellectual questions, such as that of the existence of God. Building from Alasdair MacIntyre's writings on rival intellectual traditions, Chung proposes that to argue about God, we must first stand at the "crossroads" of the different intellectual journeys of the particular rival worldviews in the debate, and that the "discovery" of such a crossroad itself constitutes an argument about the existence of God. Chung argues that this is what Thomas Aquinas accomplished in his Five Ways, which are often misunderstood as simple "proofs." From such crossroads, the debate may proceed toward a more fruitful exploration of the question of God's existence. Chung sketches out one such crossroad by suggesting ways in which Christianity and scientific naturalism can begin a mutual dialogue from a different direction. God at the Crossroads of Worldviews will be read by philosophers of religion, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and theologians and general readers interested in the new atheism debates.

The Case for God

The Case for God
A Book

by Karen Armstrong

  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release : 2009-09-22
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 0307372952
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times. Why has God become incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Moving from the Paleolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the lengths to which humankind has gone to experience a sacred reality that it called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. She examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. With her trademark depth of knowledge and profound insight, Armstrong elucidates how the changing world has necessarily altered the importance of religion at both societal and individual levels. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for structuring a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

God Without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology

God Without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology
Volume 1: God and the Works of God

by John Webster

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2015-11-19
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0567165132
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this two volume collection of essays, which forms a companion to The Domain of the Word, John Webster brings together studies of a range of topics in dogmatic and moral theology. This first volume, God and the Works of God, treats the themes of God's inner being and God's outer acts. After an overall account of the relation between God in himself and the economy of God's external works, there are studies of the divine aseity and of the theology of the eternal Son. These are followed by a set of essays on creation out of nothing; the relation between God and God's creatures; the nature of providence; the relation of soteriology and the doctrine of God; and the place of teaching about justification in Christian theology. Each of the essays explores the relation of theology proper to economy, and together they pose an understanding of Christian doctrine in which all theological teaching flows from the doctrine of the immanent Trinity.

Transcultural Theodicy in the Fiction of Shūsaku Endō

Transcultural Theodicy in the Fiction of Shūsaku Endō
A Book

by Ascenso Adelino

  • Publisher : Gregorian Biblical BookShop
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 9788878391390
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Il presente studio parte da una domanda: come definire la missione? Ha senso porsi questa domanda a quarant'anni dal Decreto AG nel terzo millennio? La caduta del muro di Berlino, le nuove tensioni internazionali richiedono una risposta da parte dei cristiani. Qui viene scelto il teologo Yves Congar (1904-1995) testimone dei difficili momenti della Chiesa in Francia. Ha vissuto due guerrre mondiali, ha fatto l'esperienza dell'esilio ed è un servitore della Verità.

Music as Theology

Music as Theology
What Music Says about the Word

by Maeve Louise Heaney

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2012-09-01
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 1610974506
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The conversation between music and theology, dormant for too long in recent years, is at last gathering pace. And rightly so. There will always be theologians who will regard music as a somewhat peripheral concern, too trivial to trouble the serious scholar, and in any case almost impossible to engage because of its notorious resistance to words and concepts. But an increasing number are discovering again what many of our forbears realized centuries ago, that the kinship between this pervasive feature of human life and the search for a Christian 'intelligence of faith' is intimate and ineradicable. Maeve Heaney's ambitious, wide-ranging, and energetic book pushes the conversation further forward still. Her approach is unapologetically theological, grounded in the passions and concerns of mainstream doctrinal theology. And yet she is insisting . . . that music must be given its due place in the ecology of theology. Although convinced that music should not be set up as a rival to linguistic or conceptual articulation, let alone swallow up 'traditional' modes of theological language and thought, she is equally convinced that music is an irreducible means of coming to terms with the world, a unique vehicle of world-disclosure, and as such, can generate a particular form of 'understanding': 'there are things which God may only be saying through music.' If this is so, it is incumbent on the theologian to listen." --Jeremy Begbie, from the Foreword

Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence

Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence
Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology

by Bradford E. Hinze,Anthony J. Godzieba

  • Publisher : Liturgical Press
  • Release : 2017-02-01
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 0814684408
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Behind every important development in Catholic doctrine and practice since the beginning of the modern period have been debates about the interpretation of Christianity’s classic texts and traditions and their ideological and practical implications. Over the past century there have been breakthroughs in retrieving the origins of beliefs and practices, recovering the rich, myriad, and multifaceted literary forms, and recognizing the ways these venerable traditions have been received, applied, and negotiated in the lives of reading audiences with their contrasting worldviews. The essays in this volume by leading figures in Catholic theology suggest what might be called a “third naïveté” that blends deeply contextual interpretations with a critical theological analysis of the roles of power and grace in church and society. The abilities and skills to grapple with basic issues in hermeneutics and critical theory remain necessary and fundamental for Catholic theology. At stake is nothing less than how the good news of God’s salvation can be grasped and lived today. This volume provides a trustworthy map and compass for negotiating these debates and options. Contributors include: Sandra M. Schneiders, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Robert J. Schreiter, John E. Thiel, Dominic Doyle, Fernando F. Segovia, Andrew Prevot, Ormond Rush, Judith Gruber, Susan Abraham, Anthony J. Godzieba, and Bradford E. Hinze.

René Girard, Unlikely Apologist

René Girard, Unlikely Apologist
Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology

by Grant Kaplan

  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release : 2016-08-20
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 0268100888
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Since the late 1970s, theologians have been attempting to integrate mimetic theory into different fields of theology, yet a distrust of mimetic theory persists in some theological camps. In René Girard, Unlikely Apologist: Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology, Grant Kaplan brings mimetic theory into conversation with theology both to elucidate the relevance of mimetic theory for the discipline of fundamental theology and to understand the work of René Girard within a theological framework. Rather than focus on Christology or atonement theory as the locus of interaction between Girard and theology, Kaplan centers his discussion on the apologetic quality of mimetic theory and the impact of mimetic theory on fundamental theology, the subdiscipline that grew to replace apologetics. His book explores the relation between Girard and fundamental theology in several keys. In one, it understands mimetic theory as a heuristic device that allows theological narratives and positions to become more intelligible and, by so doing, makes theology more persuasive. In another key, Kaplan shows how mimetic theory, when placed in dialogue with particular theologians, can advance theological discussion in areas where mimetic theory has seldom been invoked. On this level the book performs a dialogue with theology that both revisits earlier theological efforts and also demonstrates how mimetic theory brings valuable dimensions to questions of fundamental theology.

The One Creator God in Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology

The One Creator God in Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology
A Book

by Michael J. Dodds

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0813232872
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"An introduction to Thomas Aquinas's theology of the One Creator God, this book provides a basic explanation of Aquinas's theology, while showing its compatibility with contemporary science and relevance to current theological issues"--

A Case for the Existence of God

A Case for the Existence of God
A Book

by Dean L. Overman

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release : 2008-10-17
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 074256553X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing—why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions. Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.

Encountering the Living God in Scripture

Encountering the Living God in Scripture
Theological and Philosophical Principles for Interpretation

by William M. IV Wright,Francis Martin

  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release : 2019-01-22
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1493416812
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This work gives a philosophical and theological account of the belief that Scripture enables people to encounter the life-giving reality of God. The authors examine the biblical foundations for this belief as given in a variety of witnesses from both Testaments and explain the philosophical and theological underpinnings of Christian exegesis. The book sums up and makes accessible the teaching of revered senior scholar and teacher Francis Martin and is aimed squarely at students, assuming no advanced training in philosophy or theology. It includes a foreword by Robert Sokolowski.

For the Sake of Learning (2 vols)

For the Sake of Learning (2 vols)
Essays in Honor of Anthony Grafton

by Ann Blair,Anja-Silvia Goeing

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2016-06-09
  • Pages : 1172
  • ISBN : 9004263314
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this tribute to Anthony Grafton, fifty-eight contributors present new research across the many areas in which Grafton has been active in the history of scholarship and learned culture.

SCM Core Text Christian Doctrine

SCM Core Text Christian Doctrine
A Book

by Mike Higton

  • Publisher : SCM Press
  • Release : 2013-01-25
  • Pages : 413
  • ISBN : 033404801X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The SCM Core Text: Christian Doctrine offers an up-to-date, accessible introduction to one of the core subjects of theology. Written for second and third-year university students, it shows that Christian Doctrine is not a series of impossible claims to be clung to with blind faith. Mike Higton argues that it is, rather, a set of claims that emerge in the midst of Christian life, as Christian communities try to make enough sense of their lives and of their world to allow them to carry on. Christian communities have made sense of their own life, and the life of the wider world in which they are set, as life created by God to share in God's own life. They have seen themselves and their world as laid hold of God's life in Jesus of Nazareth, and as having the Spirit of God's own life actively at work within them. This book explores these and other central Christian doctrines, and in each case, shows how the doctrine makes sense, and how it is woven into Christian life. It will help readers to see what sense it might make to say the things that Christian doctrine says, and how that doctrine might affect the way that one looks at everything: the natural world, gossip, culture, speaking in tongues, politics, dieting, human freedom, love, High Noon, justice, computers, racism, the novels of Jane Austin, parenthood, death and fashion.

The Aesthetics of Atheism

The Aesthetics of Atheism
Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture

by Kutter Callaway,Barry Taylor

  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release : 2019-04-02
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 1506439896
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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To really understand God, you have to understand atheism. Atheism and Christianity are often placed at polar opposite ends of a spectrum, forever in stark conflict with each other. In The Aesthetics of Atheism, Kutter Callaway and Barry Taylor propose a radical alternative: atheism and theism need each other. In fact, atheism offers profound and necessary theological insights into the heart of Christianity itself. To get at these truths, Callaway and Taylor dive into the aesthetic dimensions of atheism, using everything from Stranger Things to Damien Hirst's controversial sculptures to the music of David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen. This journey through contemporary culture and its imagination offers readers a deeper understanding of theology, culture, and how to engage faith in a chaotic and complex world where God is present in the most unexpected place: atheism.

The Evolution of Atheism

The Evolution of Atheism
The Politics of a Modern Movement

by Stephen LeDrew

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2015-10-01
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0190225181
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The concept of evolution is widely considered to be a foundational building block in atheist thought. Leaders of the New Atheist movement have taken Darwin's work and used it to diminish the authority of religious institutions and belief systems. But they have also embraced it as a metaphor for the gradual replacement of religious faith with secular reason. They have posed as harbingers of human progress, claiming the moral high ground, and rejecting with intolerance any message that challenges the hegemony of science and reason. Religion, according to the New Atheists, should be relegated to the Dark Ages of superstition and senseless violence. Yet Darwin did not see evolution as a linear progression to an improved state of being. The more antagonistic members of the New Atheist movement who embrace this idea are not only employing bad history, but also the kind of rigid, black-and-white thinking they excoriate in their religious opponents. Indeed, Stephen LeDrew argues, militant atheists have more in common with religious fundamentalists than they would care to admit, advancing what LeDrew calls secular fundamentalism. In reaction to fundamentalist Christianity and Islamism, this strain of atheism has become an offshoot of the religion it tries so hard to malign. The Evolution of Atheism outlines the essential political tension at the heart of the atheist movement. The New Atheism, LeDrew shows, is part of a tradition of atheist thought and activism that promotes individualism and scientific authority, which puts it at odds with atheist groups that are motivated by humanistic ethics and social justice. LeDrew draws on public relations campaigns, publications, podcasts, and in-depth interviews to explore the belief systems, internal logics, and self-contradictions of the people who consider themselves to be atheists. He argues that evolving understandings of what atheism means, and how it should be put into action, are threatening to irrevocably fragment the movement.

What Shall We Say?

What Shall We Say?
Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith

by Thomas G. Long

  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release : 2014-03-11
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN : 0802871399
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tsunamis, earthquakes, famines, diseases, wars &mdash these and other devastating forces lead Christians to ask painful questions. Is God all-powerful? Is God good? How can God allow so much innocent human suffering? These questions, taken together, have been called the "theodicy problem," and in this book Thomas Long explores what preachers can and should say in response. Long reviews the origins and history of the theodicy problem and engages the work of major thinkers who have posed solutions to it. Cautioning pastors not to ignore urgent theodicy-related questions arising from their parishioners, he offers biblically based approaches to preaching on theodicy, guided by Jesus' parable of the wheat and the tares and the "greatest theodicy text in Scripture" -- the book of Job.

The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology

The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology
A Book

by Russell Re Manning,John Hedley Brooke

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2013-01-17
  • Pages : 632
  • ISBN : 0199556938
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology is the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is anunder-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first century debates in science andreligion. Thirty eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.

Faith and Unbelief

Faith and Unbelief
A theology of atheism

by Stephen Bullivant

  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release : 2013-09-27
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 1848252803
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Most Christian books on atheism set out to critique the writings of well-known figures such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who represent one, albeit very vocal, expression of a more pervasive, subtle and widespread phenomenon that exerts a powerful influence in many areas of public life. This book is distinct in offering a rounded understanding of the development of atheism, its many faces, and a guide to the topics at the interface between the Christian faith and our modern-day culture of unbelief. It asks: Can a rational person still believe in God? What does the rise in atheism in Christian countries say about the church? Can unbelieving friends and family members be saved? How can Christians present the gospel in a world of unbelief? In exploring the roots and reasons for atheism, and key questions of dialogue and evangelism, this will equip Christians for serious engagement with today’s many forms of atheism.