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God, Belief, and Perplexity

God, Belief, and Perplexity [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0190612665
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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God, Belief, and Perplexity by Book Resume:

This volume presents fourteen of William E. Mann's essays on three prominent figures in late Patristic and early medieval philosophy: Augustine, Anselm, and Peter Abelard. The essays explore some of the quandaries, arguments, and theories presented in their writings. The essays in this volume complement those to be found in Mann's God, Modality, and Morality (OUP, 2015). While the essays in God, Modality, and Morality are primarily essays in philosophical theology, those found in the present volume are more varied. Some still deal with issues in philosophical theology. Other essays are aporetic in nature, discussing cases of philosophical perplexity, sometimes but not always leaving the cases unresolved. All the essays display, directly or indirectly, the philosophical influence that Augustine has had. His Confessions is a rich source for philosophical puzzlement. Individual essays examine his reflections on the alleged innocence of infants, which raises questions about cognitive, emotional, and linguistic development; his juvenile theft of pears and its relation to moral motivation; and his struggle with and resolution of the problem of evil. One essay presents the rudiments of an Augustinian moral theory, rooted in his understanding of the Sermon on the Mount. Another essay illustrates the theory by discussing his writings on lying. Mann argues that Abelard amplified Augustine's moral theory by emphasizing the crucial role that intention plays in wrongdoing. Augustine bequeathed to Anselm the notion of "faith seeking understanding." Mann argues that this methodological slogan shapes Anselm's "ontological argument" for God's existence and his efforts to explicate the doctrine of the Trinity.

Towards Religious Competence

Towards Religious Competence [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9783825850159
Author: Hans-Günter Heimbrock,Christoph Th Scheilke,Peter Schreiner (religie)
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Towards Religious Competence by Hans-Günter Heimbrock,Christoph Th Scheilke,Peter Schreiner (religie) Book Resume:

In this book, scholars around Europe reflect on the changing role of religious education in a time of growing pluralism in Europe and across the world. The various contributions from different European countries (England and Wales, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway) focus on the debate about the existing multicultural and multireligious situation in European societies. Difference and diversity, especially of religion, is seen as a challenge for education in Europe. The chapters mention trends and common challenges for religious education. As a key term of religious education "religious competence" is introduced. It includes the ability to deal with religious pluralism and differences in a constructive way. It is argued that contextual religious education facilitates a new religious competence. The book also contains detailed information about current developments in the field of religious education in some European countries.

Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine

Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030193330
Author: Ben Holland
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Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine by Ben Holland Book Resume:

Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine explores the analogy between the self and political society in the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. This analogy is an important theme in the history of political thought. Attempts have been made to understand the state by examining the soul (since Plato), the body (as in medieval theories of the body politic) and the person (surviving to this day in such concepts as international legal personality). This book aims to reinstate the Augustinian part of the story. It argues that Augustine develops three analogies between self and city, as a society ordered by love: self-love in the case of the Earthly City; divided but improving love in the Pilgrim City; and love of others and of God in the City of God. It supplies thereby an overview of Augustine’s intellectual ‘system’ as it touches upon theology, psychology and anthropology, as well as politics, and also provides a new interpretation of Augustine’s important definition of the republic.

On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement, and the Vulnerable Christ

On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement, and the Vulnerable Christ [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1501326228
Author: David Vincent Meconi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement, and the Vulnerable Christ by David Vincent Meconi Book Resume:

On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ explores St. Augustine of Hippo's theology of sin, described as various forms of self-loathing and self-destruction, in addition to sin's antidote, a vulnerable relationship with the crucified Christ. Incorporating recent thinking on self-destruction and self-loathing into his reading of Augustine, David Vincent Meconi explores why we are not only allured by sin, but will actually destroy ourselves to attain it, even when we are all too well aware that this sin will bring us no true, lasting pleasure. Meconi traces the phenomena of self-destruction and self-loathing from Augustine to today. In particular, he focuses in on how self-love can turn to self-harm, and the need to provide salvage for such woundedness by surrendering to Christ, showing how Augustine's theology of sin and salvation is still crucially applicable in contemporary life and societies.

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1136696857
Author: Chad Meister,Paul Copan
Publisher: Routledge
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Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion by Chad Meister,Paul Copan Book Resume:

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second edition is an indispensable guide and reference source to the major themes, movements, debates and topics in philosophy of religion. Considerably expanded for the second edition, over seventy entries from a team of renowned international contributors are organized into nine clear parts: philosophical issues in world religions key figures in philosophy of religion religious diversity the theistic conception of God arguments for the existence of God arguments against the existence of God philosophical theology Christian theism recent topics in philosophy of religion. Covering key world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and key figures such as Augustine, Aquinas and Kierkegaard, the Companion explores the central topics in theism such as the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments for God’s existence. Three final parts consider Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern orthodoxy and current debates including phenomenology, reformed epistemology, religious experience, and religion and science, making the Companion as a whole essential reading for students of philosophy or religion, and suitable for anyone coming to the subject for the first time. This second edition includes new chapters on Blaise Pascal, Baruch Spinoza, Interreligious Dialogue, Death and the Afterlife, Incorporeality, Religion and Global Ethics, New Religious Movements, Religion and the Environment, and Religion and Film.

Evil and a Selection of its Theological Problems

Evil and a Selection of its Theological Problems [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443862274
Author: Benjamin Arbour,John R. Gilhooly
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Evil and a Selection of its Theological Problems by Benjamin Arbour,John R. Gilhooly Book Resume:

Recent formulations of the inductive, continual problem of evil require us to consider new responses to the charge that there is something irrational about believing in God, given the type and amount of evil in the world. Furthermore, fresh approaches to the problem of evil offer suggestive ways to enter a new line of inquiry, in regards to both theistic defences against various articulations of the problem of evil and also theodicy. Finally, developments in contemporary theology, especially analytic philosophical theology, likewise require new treatments of the problem of evil. This volume, on the problem on evil, presents a series of essays that incorporate responses to these developments. The articles fall into three broad sections. The first critiques and examines the analytic, inductive problem of evil on the basis of its modal underpinnings, the discourse of possible worlds, and issues related to hiddenness and vagueness. The second part presents a narrative response to the problem of evil. Its approaches attempt to show the way in which peculiar features of narrative such as dramatic irony, verisimilitude, and distinctions between person-type propositions offer fresh ways to encapsulate our feelings about evil and our response to the theological problems raised by encounters with evil. Such existential concerns are valuable for our thinking about these matters. The third section relates the problem of evil to developments in contemporary analytic theology, such as open theism, idealism and the felix culpa theodicy.

Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, Volume 2, Issue 1

Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, Volume 2, Issue 1 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1725262886
Author: Darren M. Slade
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Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, Volume 2, Issue 1 by Darren M. Slade Book Resume:

Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM journal) is a biannual, not-for-profit, free peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes the latest social-scientific, historiographic, and ecclesiastic research on religious institutions and their ministerial practices. SHERM is dedicated to the critical and scholarly inquiry of historical and contemporary religious phenomena, both from within particular religious traditions and across cultural boundaries, so as to inform the broader socio-historical analysis of religion and its related fields of study. The purpose of SHERM is to provide a scholarly medium for the social-scientific study of religion where specialists can publish advanced studies on religious trends, theologies, rituals, philosophies, socio-political influences, or experimental and applied ministry research in the hopes of generating enthusiasm for the vocational and academic study of religion while fostering collegiality among religious specialists. Its mission is to provide academics, professionals, and nonspecialists with critical reflections and evidence-based insights into the socio-historical study of religion and, where appropriate, its implications for ministry and expressions of religiosity.

Walking the Tightrope of Faith

Walking the Tightrope of Faith [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9789042007062
Author: Hendrik Hart,Ronald A. Kuipers,Kai Nielsen
Publisher: Rodopi
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Walking the Tightrope of Faith by Hendrik Hart,Ronald A. Kuipers,Kai Nielsen Book Resume:

This book expands upon the dialogue between the atheist philosopher Kai Nielsen and the Christian philosopher Hendrik Hart in the book Search for Community in A Withering Tradition. Collected here for the first time are the responses of several prominent Canadian philosophers to Nielsen's outspoken work in the philosophy of religion, including their responses to Hart's criticisms of Nielsen. New replies by Hart and Nielsen to these added voices are also included. This volume is of interest for students in the philosophy of religion who wish to examine the encounter between religious faith and secular humanism at the close of the twentieth century, an increasingly postmodern time in which the appeal to an a historical standard of rationality is no longer sought or even thought possible. This book tackles tough topics like the appropriate role of reason in the intellectual criticism and defense of faith, the limits of the rational justification of human knowledge, the role of pre-reflective commitments in human intellectual life, the nature of truth, and the possibility for peace in a world consisting of a plural and often violent collection of cultural and religious groups.

Religion and Revelation

Religion and Revelation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 019158844X
Author: Keith Ward
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Religion and Revelation by Keith Ward Book Resume:

Since first Thomas Aquinas defined theology as revelation, or the rational elucidation of revealed truth, the idea of revelation has played a fundamental role in the history of western theology. This book provides a new and detailed investigation of the concept, examining its nature, sources, and limitations in all five of the major scriptural religions of the world: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The first part of the book discusses the nature of theology, and expounds the comparative method as the most useful and appropriate for the modern age. Part Two focuses on the nature of religion and its early historical manifestations, whilst the third part of the book goes on to consider the idea of revelation as found in the great canonical traditions of the religions of the world. Part Four develops the distinctively Christian idea of revelation as divine self-expression in history. The final part of the book discusses how far the idea of revelation must be revised or adapted in the light of modern historical and scientific thought, and proposes a new and positive theology of revelation for the future. The book includes discussions of the work of most major theologians and scholars in the study of religion - Aquinas, Tillich, Barth, Temple, Frazer, and Evans Pritchard - and should be of interest to many scholars and students of comparative religion and theology, and anthropologists.

Is God A Delusion?

Is God A Delusion? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1444358189
Author: Eric Reitan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Is God A Delusion? by Eric Reitan Book Resume:

Is God a Delusion? addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs. Winner of CHOICE 2009 Outstanding Academic Title Award Focuses primarily on charges leveled by recent critics that belief in God is irrational and that its nature ferments violence Balances philosophical rigor and scholarly care with an engaging, accessible style Offers a direct response to the crop of recent anti-religion bestsellers currently generating considerable public discussion

Philosophy and the Grammar of Religious Belief

Philosophy and the Grammar of Religious Belief [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1349238678
Author: Mario von der Ruhr,Timothy Tessin
Publisher: Springer
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Philosophy and the Grammar of Religious Belief by Mario von der Ruhr,Timothy Tessin Book Resume:

The papers in this collection are concerned with the epistemology of religious belief. The contributors disagree on such issues as whether philosophers have a role to play in determining the reasonableness or intelligibility of religious beliefs, or whether philosophy properly understood is a descriptive task. But all the papers are informed by the belief that philosophical discussion should proceed by giving attention to the character of the religious beliefs and practices under consideration.

Life of Irony and the Ethics of Belief, The

Life of Irony and the Ethics of Belief, The [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1438424272
Author: David Wisdo
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Life of Irony and the Ethics of Belief, The by David Wisdo Book Resume:

Wisdo concludes that the fragility of religious belief is due to the unavoidable irony intrinsic to the religious life.

Wittgenstein and Religious Belief

Wittgenstein and Religious Belief [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1349007285
Author: W.Donald Hudson
Publisher: Springer
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The Relations Between Religion and Science Eight Lectures Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year 1884

The Relations Between Religion and Science Eight Lectures Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year 1884 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3847208128
Author: Frederick Temple
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The Relations Between Religion and Science Eight Lectures Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year 1884 by Frederick Temple Book Resume:

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.


Scepticism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1349007331
Author: Kai Nielsen
Publisher: Springer
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Knowledge of God

Knowledge of God [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1444301314
Author: Alvin Plantinga,Michael Tooley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Knowledge of God by Alvin Plantinga,Michael Tooley Book Resume:

Is belief in God epistemically justified? That's the question at the heart of this volume in the Great Debates in Philosophy series, with Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley each addressing this fundamental question with distinctive arguments from opposing perspectives. The first half of the book contains each philosopher's explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other's arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series

Religious Ethics

Religious Ethics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118610245
Author: William Schweiker,David A. Clairmont
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Religious Ethics by William Schweiker,David A. Clairmont Book Resume:

An inclusive and innovative account of religious ethical thinking and acting in the world. Rather than merely applying existing forms of philosophical ethics, Religious Ethics defines the meaning of the field and presents a distinct and original method for ethical reflection through comparisons of world religious traditions. Written by leading scholars and educators in the field, this unique volume offers an innovative approach that reveals how religions concur and differ on moral matters, and provides practical guidance on thinking and living ethically. The book’s innovative method—integrating descriptive, normative, practical, fundamental, and metaethical dimensions of reflection—enables a far more complex and nuanced exploration of religious ethics than any single philosophical language, method, or theory can equal. First introducing the task of religious ethics, the book moves through each of the five dimensions of reflection to compare concepts such as good and evil, perplexity and wisdom, truth and illusion, and freedom and bondage in various theological contexts. Guides readers on understanding, assessing, and comparing the moral teachings and practices of world religions Applies a disciplined, scholarly approach to the subject of religious ethics Explores the distinctions between religious ethics and moral philosophy Provides a methodology which can be applied to comparative ethics for various religions Compares religious traditions to illuminate each of the five dimensions of ethical and moral reflection Religious Ethics: Meaning and Method will help anyone interested in the relation between religion and ethics in the modern world, including those involved in general and comparative religion studies, religious and comparative ethics, and moral theory.

God and Goodness

God and Goodness [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134638221
Author: Mark Wynn
Publisher: Routledge
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God and Goodness by Mark Wynn Book Resume:

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Theology of the Love of God

Theology of the Love of God [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1556359195
Author: George M. Newlands
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Theology of the Love of God by George M. Newlands Book Resume:

How can we make theology more constructive? Twentieth-Century British discussion about the Christian 'image' of God and 'myth' of the Incarnation has been widely admired for its honesty but criticized as being too insular and too negative. Neither criticism applies to this book, the first major publication to come from the author, who is now Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Glasgow. He offers a systematic exposition of the most characteristic Christian doctrine in dialogue with other thinkers around the world and across the centuries. His aspiration is to do for 'love' what eminent German theologians have recently done for 'faith' and 'hope.' He knows well that the idea of the love of God, although so prominent in the Bible, has been under fire in the modern world -- for many serious reasons, here taken seriously. 'Talk to God is notoriously complex,' he writes, 'and talk of love notoriously sentimental.' But he carefully demonstrates that the tradition that begins in the Bible is still vital enough to help crucially in the new urgent reconstruction of Christian belief. From a more profound theology of the love of God at work in the creation and redemption of man, a renewal of faith and hope would follow.

God and the Grounding of Morality

God and the Grounding of Morality [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 077661603X
Author: Kai Nielsen
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
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God and the Grounding of Morality by Kai Nielsen Book Resume:

These essays make a single central claim: that human beings can still make sense of their lives and still have a humane morality, even if their worldview is utterly secular and even if they have lost the last vestige of belief in God. "Even in a self-consciously Godless world life can be fully meaningful," Nielsen contends.