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God Very Probably - Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of God (Paperback): Robert H Nelson God Very Probably - Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of God (Paperback)
Robert H Nelson
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In recent years, a number of works have appeared with important implications for the age-old question of the existence of a god. These writings, many of which are not by theologians, strengthen the rational case for the existence of a god, even as this god may not be exactly the Christian God of history. This book brings together for the first time such recent diverse contributions from fields such as physics, the philosophy of human consciousness, evolutionary biology, mathematics, the history of religion, and theology. Based on such new materials as well as older ones from the twentieth century, it develops five rational arguments that point strongly to the (very probable) existence of a god. They do not make use of the scientific method, which is inapplicable to the question of a god. Rather, they are in an older tradition of rational argument dating back at least to the ancient Greeks. For those who are already believers, the book will offer additional rational reasons that may strengthen their belief. Those who do not believe in the existence of a god at present will encounter new rational arguments that may cause them to reconsider their opinion.

Essays in Analytic Theology - Volume I & II (Multiple copy pack): Michael C. Rea Essays in Analytic Theology - Volume I & II (Multiple copy pack)
Michael C. Rea
R2,643 Discovery Miles 26 430 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This two-volume collection brings together Michael C. Rea's most substantial work in analytic theology. The first volume considers the nature of God and our ability to talk and discover truths about God, whereas Volume II focuses on theological questions about humanity and the human condition. The chapters in the first part of Volume I explore issues pertaining to discourse about God and the authority of scripture. Part two focuses on divine attributes, while part three discusses doctrine of the trinity and related issues. Part one of Volume II considers the doctrines of the incarnation, original sin, and atonement. Part two examines the problem of evil, the problem of divine hiddenness, and a theological problem that arises in connection with the idea God not only tolerates but validates a response of angry protest in the face of these problems.

Confessions (Hardcover): Augustine of Hippo Confessions (Hardcover)
Augustine of Hippo
R694 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R39 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Shalom and the Ethics of Belief - Nicholas Wolterstorff's Theory of Situated Rationality (Paperback): Nathan D Shannon Shalom and the Ethics of Belief - Nicholas Wolterstorff's Theory of Situated Rationality (Paperback)
Nathan D Shannon
R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Against the individualism and abstractionism of standard modern accounts of justification and epistemic merit, Wolterstorff incorporates the ethics of belief within the full scope of a person's socio-moral accountability, an accountability that ultimately flows from the teleology of the world as intended by its creator and from the inherent value of humans as bearers of the divine image. This study explores Nicholas Wolterstorff's theory of 'situated rationality' from a theological point of view and argues that it is in fact a doxastic ethic based upon the theology of Wolterstorff's neo-Calvinist, Kuyperian background, which emerges in terms of his biblical ethic and eschatology of shalom. Situated rationality, the sum of Wolterstorff's decades-long work on epistemology and rationality is a shalom doxastic ethic - a Christian, common grace ethic of doxastic (even religious doxastic) pluralism.

Explaining the Holocaust - How and Why It Happened (Paperback): Mordecai Schreiber Explaining the Holocaust - How and Why It Happened (Paperback)
Mordecai Schreiber
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Seventy years after it took place, the Holocaust committed against the Jews of Europe during World War II continues to cast a giant shadow over humankind. Man's inhumanity to man is not a thing of the past. Genocidal action is still commonplace around the globe. Has humankind learned the lessons of the past? Is the human race doomed to live in a perpetual state of war and self-destruction? Explaining the Holocaust shows how, given the right circumstances, human beings can lose their humanity. Does that mean that the ethical teachings of the major religions are wishful thinking? This book tackles two questions that continue to be asked by people everywhere: Why did a highly civilized nation like Germany, in the middle of the twentieth century, commit the most heinous crime in all of human history? And if indeed there is a loving God who made a covenant with the people of Israel, why were millions of innocent, peaceful Jews dehumanized, starved, tortured, and systematically murdered? Explaining the Holocaust spares no one in discussing the enormity of the evil. But it also shows how the divine spark in human beings did not die during those years of darkness, and why we still have a glimmer of hope.

Formation for Knowing God - Imagining God: At-One-ing, Transforming, for Self-Revealing (Paperback): F. Gerald Downing Formation for Knowing God - Imagining God: At-One-ing, Transforming, for Self-Revealing (Paperback)
F. Gerald Downing
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In this challenging and engaging discussion, F. Gerald Downing draws on evidence from Ancient Jewish and New Testament scriptures to analyse the changing history of the concept of 'revelation' within Christianity. Through the discussion of central concepts in the philosophy of language, such as reference and identity, Downing provides a comprehensive analysis of our notion of the concept of knowledge through revelation and self-revelation. Formation for Knowing God contains an overview of the history of the debate regarding the methods and extent of God's revelation, specifically his self-revelation. Downing argues that the conviction that God is selfrevealed stems from eighteenth-century Enlightenment debates, and has no roots in the early Christian tradition, from which we learn that God is incomprehensible. Downing rejects the view that it was the primary purpose of Christ's death to show God's love, claiming that this is unsupported by the scriptural evidence. The positive thesis argued by Downing is that what has been revealed to us is not a matter of knowledge but a matter of faith. Downing's Formation for Knowing God will challenge the assumptions of its readers, providing an alternative and thought provoking approach to the nature of knowledge and certainty within Christianity.

Mortal Subjects (Paperback): Christina Howells Mortal Subjects (Paperback)
Christina Howells
R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This wide ranging and challenging book explores the relationship between subjectivity and mortality as it is understood by a number of twentieth-century French philosophers including Sartre, Lacan, Levinas and Derrida. Making intricate and sometimes unexpected connections, Christina Howells draws together the work of prominent thinkers from the fields of phenomenology and existentialism, religious thought, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, focussing in particular on the relations between body and soul, love and death, desire and passion. From Aristotle through to contemporary analytic philosophy and neuroscience the relationship between mind and body (psyche and soma, consciousness and brain) has been persistently recalcitrant to analysis, and emotion (or passion) is the locus where the explanatory gap is most keenly identified. This problematic forms the broad backdrop to the work's primary focus on contemporary French philosophy and its attempts to understand the intimate relationship between subjectivity and mortality, in the light not only of the 'death' of the classical subject but also of the very real frailty of the subject as it lives on, finite, desiring, embodied, open to alterity and always incomplete. Ultimately Howells identifies this vulnerability and finitude as the paradoxical strength of the mortal subject and as what permits its transcendence. Subtle, beautifully written, and cogently argued, this book will be invaluable for students and scholars interested in contemporary theories of subjectivity, as well as for readers intrigued by the perennial connections between love and death.

Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone (Paperback): Immanuel Kant Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone (Paperback)
Immanuel Kant
R371 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R51 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Coincidences - Synchronicity, Verisimilitude, and Storytelling (Paperback): Michael Jackson Coincidences - Synchronicity, Verisimilitude, and Storytelling (Paperback)
Michael Jackson
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Most people have a story to tell about a remarkable coincidence that in some instances changed the course of their lives. These uncanny occurrences have been variously interpreted as evidence of divine influence, fate, or the collective unconscious. Less common are explanations that explore the social situations and personal preoccupations of the individuals who place the most weight on coincidences. Drawing on a variety of coincidence stories, renowned anthropologist Michael Jackson builds a case for seeing them as allegories of separation and loss-revealing the hope of repairing sundered lives, reconnecting estranged friends, reuniting distant kin, closing the gap between people and their gods, and achieving a sense of emotional and social connectedness with others in a fragmented world.

The Three Faces of Monotheism - Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Hardcover): George Frankl The Three Faces of Monotheism - Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Hardcover)
George Frankl
R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This challenging work describes in detail the development and history of the three major monotheistic faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--but also asks why they conflict with one other. Rather than uniting the believers, monotheism has played a crucial role in fostering a fractious society through the manifestation of three different, antagonistic religious systems with each religion claiming to represent God's will and viewing spiritual peace as possible only through victory over the others. This text shows how monotheism can become a unifying force for humanity, posing arguments that will intrigue psychologists, theologians, and general readers alike.

On the Nature and Existence of God (Paperback): Richard M. Gale On the Nature and Existence of God (Paperback)
Richard M. Gale
R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

First published in 1991, Richard M. Gale's classic book is a response to and critique of new, contemporary arguments for the existence of God from analytical philosophers. Considering concepts including time, free will, personhood, actuality and the objectivity of experience, Gale evaluates the new versions of cosmological, ontological, pragmatic and religious experience arguments that emerged in the late-twentieth century. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Paul K. Moser, illuminating its enduring importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work has been revived for a new generation of readers.

Faithful Doubt - The Wisdom of Uncertainty (Paperback): Guy Collins Faithful Doubt - The Wisdom of Uncertainty (Paperback)
Guy Collins
R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Focussing on three philosophers - Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida, and Slavoj Zizek - Faithful Doubt argues that atheism can be redeeming. Far from being inhospitable to faith, doubt is increasingly necessary for theology. As well as introducing the thought of contemporary philosophers, 'Faithful Doubt' examines the significance of popular entertainment and nrrative. Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, and others are read alongside 'Star Wars' and 'Battlestar Galactica'. Fiction highlights the fluid nature of the sacred and the secular. On the question of evil, 'Faithful Doubt' suggests that wisdom lies in acknowledging uncertainty. Weaving the story of Job together with St Augustine, Donald MacKinnon, and Eleonore Stump, evil exemplifies the necessity for doubt within theology. 'Faithful Doubt' brings a new perspective to debates about the relationship between faith and reason. Concluding with a discussion of Soren Kierkegaard, Collins presents a compelling case for harnessing atheism and doubt in service to Christian faith. In order to "doubt wisely" we need to heed the "faith of the faithless".

Returning to Reality - Christian Platonism for our Times (Paperback): Paul Tyson Returning to Reality - Christian Platonism for our Times (Paperback)
Paul Tyson
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Could it be that we have lost touch with some basic human realities in our day of high-tech efficiency, frenetic competition, and ceaseless consumption? Have we turned from the moral, the spiritual, and even the physical realities that make our lives meaningful? These are metaphysical questions -questions about the nature of reality- but they are not abstract questions. These are very down to earth questions that concern power and the collective frameworks of belief and action governing our daily lives. This book is an introduction to the history, theory, and application of Christian metaphysics. Yet this book is not just an introduction, it is also a passionately argued call for a profound change in the contemporary Christian mind. Paul Tyson argues that as Western culture's Christian Platonist understanding of reality was replaced by modern pragmatic realism, we turned not just from one outlook on reality to another, but away from reality itself. This book seeks to show that if we can recover this ancient Christian outlook on reality, reframed for our day, then we will be able to recover a way of life that is in harmony with human and divine truth.

Theology After Lacan - The Passion for the Real (Paperback): Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, Marcus Pound Theology After Lacan - The Passion for the Real (Paperback)
Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, Marcus Pound
R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This groundbreaking volume highlights the continuing relevance of Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose linguistic reworking of Freudian analysis radicalised both psychoanalysis and its approach to theology. The book's fi rst section, Part I: Lacan, Religion, and Others, explores the application of Lacan's thought to the development and phenomena of religion. Part II: Theology and the Other Lacan moves through the physical world and into the metaphysical, probing theological issues and ideas of today's world with curiosity and in the light of Lacan. In both parts I and II, a central place is given to Lacan's exposition of the real, thereby refl ecting the impact of his later work. Topics traverse culture, art, philosophy and politics, as well as providing critical exegesis of Lacan's most gnomic utterances on theology, including The Triumph of Religion. Contributors include some of the most renowned readers and influential academics in their respective fields: Tina Beattie, Lorenzo Chiesa, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, Adrian Johnston, Katerina Kolozova, Thomas Lynch, Marcus Pound, Carl Raschke, Kenneth Reinhard, Mario D'Amato, Noelle Vahanian and Slavoj Zizek.

Called to Question - A Spiritual Memoir (Paperback): Joan D. Chittister Called to Question - A Spiritual Memoir (Paperback)
Joan D. Chittister
R329 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir is Sr. Joan Chittister's most personal and intense writing to date. Alive with the raw energy of a journal and polished with the skill of a master storyteller, each chapter is an engaging dialogue between Sr. Joan and many different wisdom sources about such topics as God's existence and call, experience, struggle, justice, the role of women and men in society and church, living through doubt, and celebrating life. The paperback edition contains a new Preface by the author.

Understanding Postmodernism - A Christian Perspective (Paperback): Stewart E. Kelly Understanding Postmodernism - A Christian Perspective (Paperback)
Stewart E. Kelly; As told to James K. Dew Jr
R578 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R107 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Postmodernity has matured. But the challenge of navigating our contemporary culture remains. In order for Christians to make wise decisions, we first need to understand the many facets of our postmodern context. If Rene Descartes is often identified as the first truly modern philosopher in light of his confidence in human reason, then postmodernism has taken Descartes to the woodshed. Stewart Kelly and James Dew detail the litany of concerns that postmodernism has raised: overconfidence in human reason, the limitations of language, the relativity of truth, the lack of a truly objective view, the inherently oppressive nature of metanarratives, the instability of the human self, and the absence any moral superiority. With wisdom and care, Kelly and Dew compare these postmodern principles with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. What emerges is neither a rejection of everything postmodernism is concerned with nor a wholesale embrace of all that it affirms. Instead, we are encouraged to understand the postmodern world as we seek to mature spiritually in Christ.

Classical Indian Philosophy - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 5 (Hardcover): Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri Classical Indian Philosophy - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 5 (Hardcover)
Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri
R591 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R49 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri present a lively introduction to one of the world's richest intellectual traditions: the philosophy of classical India. They begin with the earliest extant literature, the Vedas, and the explanatory works that these inspired, known as Upanisads. They also discuss other famous texts of classical Vedic culture, especially the Mahabharata and its most notable section, the Bhagavad-Gita, alongside the rise of Buddhism and Jainism. In this opening section, Adamson and Ganeri emphasize the way that philosophy was practiced as a form of life in search of liberation from suffering. Next, the pair move on to the explosion of philosophical speculation devoted to foundational texts called 'sutras,' discussing such traditions as the logical and epistemological Nyaya school, the monism of Advaita Vedanta, and the spiritual discipline of Yoga. In the final section of the book, they chart further developments within Buddhism, highlighting Nagarjuna's radical critique of 'non-dependent' concepts and the no-self philosophy of mind found in authors like Dignaga, and within Jainism, focusing especially on its 'standpoint' epistemology. Unlike other introductions that cover the main schools and positions in classical Indian philosophy, Adamson and Ganeri's lively guide also pays attention to philosophical themes such as non-violence, political authority, and the status of women, while considering textual traditions typically left out of overviews of Indian thought, like the Carvaka school, Tantra, and aesthetic theory as well. Adamson and Ganeri conclude by focusing on the much-debated question of whether Indian philosophy may have influenced ancient Greek philosophy and, from there, evaluate the impact that this area of philosophy had on later Western thought.

CSB She Reads Truth Bible (Champagne) (Hardcover): Csb Bibles By Holman Csb Bibles By Holman, Raechel Myers, Amanda Bible... CSB She Reads Truth Bible (Champagne) (Hardcover)
Csb Bibles By Holman Csb Bibles By Holman, Raechel Myers, Amanda Bible Williams
R1,062 R858 Discovery Miles 8 580 Save R204 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The CSB She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring She Reads Truth devotionals and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The CSB She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

The She Reads Truth Bible includes almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking.

Women’s study Bibles and devotional Bibles are a great resource, but a beautiful and theologically sound Bible like this can be a great encouragement in a woman’s time in God’s Word. .

The CSB She Reads Truth Bible hardcover Bible (also available in genuine leather and leathe touch) features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard BibleŽ (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others.

CSB She Reads Truth Bible (Rose Gold) (Leather / fine binding): Csb Bibles By Holman Csb Bibles By Holman CSB She Reads Truth Bible (Rose Gold) (Leather / fine binding)
Csb Bibles By Holman Csb Bibles By Holman
R1,199 R996 Discovery Miles 9 960 Save R203 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The CSB She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring She Reads Truth devotionals and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The CSB She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

The She Reads Truth Bible includes almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking.

Women’s study Bibles and devotional Bibles are a great resource, but a beautiful and theologically sound Bible like this can be a great encouragement in a woman’s time in God’s Word. .

The CSB She Reads Truth Bible hardcover Bible (also available in genuine leather and leathe touch) features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard BibleŽ (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others.

Holy Spirit and Christian Ethics in the Theology of Klaus Bockmuehl (Paperback): Annette M. Glaw Holy Spirit and Christian Ethics in the Theology of Klaus Bockmuehl (Paperback)
Annette M. Glaw
R708 Discovery Miles 7 080 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Precocious and sometimes marginalized Klaus Bockmuehl's insights regarding the Spirit's agency in Christian Ethics, and therefore in our daily Christian experiences, have renewed import, now. This is an exceptional book, it introduces us for the first time to a much-neglected thinker. It also equips us with an understanding of how the Church can live ethically in power, through its relationship with the Father. In both respects it has much to offer its reader and the wider contemporary church.

The God Who Is Beauty - Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite (Paperback): Brendon Thomas... The God Who Is Beauty - Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite (Paperback)
Brendon Thomas Sammon
R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In the beginning was beauty, and beauty was with God, and beauty was God. If the tradition of divine names, that (in its Christian form) originates with Dionysius the Areopagite and includes among its ranks Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and others, is correct in identifying God with the name beauty, then repurposing the Prologue to John's Gospel in this way seems hardly controversial. For if beauty is a divine name then not only is it fitting to say God is beautiful, but it is equally fitting to say that God is beauty itself. However, like most arguments from fittingness-that is to say, arguments whose veracity derives from the congruency, proportion, or harmony between the various elements of a proposition or idea rather than from some categorically higher, or univocally determinate, logical necessity-the simplicity of its utterance stands in stark contrast to the complexity of its intelligible content. It is the aim of the present work is to explore what it means to say that beauty is a divine name.

Scepticism, Relativism and Religious Knowledge - A Kierkegaardian Perspective Informed by Wittgenstein's Philosophy... Scepticism, Relativism and Religious Knowledge - A Kierkegaardian Perspective Informed by Wittgenstein's Philosophy (Paperback)
Michael G. Harvey
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This title examines the challenges of scepticism and relativism to religious knowledge after the demise of classical foundationalism. Whereas scepticism doubts whether we can know truth, relativism doubts whether we can find a sufficiently objective perspective to adjudicate strong disagreement about truth. Thus relativism involves scepticism about rationality rather than truth. Michael G. Harvey examines how the exclusive disjunction of objectivism or relativism has motivated a search for a more objective perspective in religion and theology, and how it has shaped both the question of whether religious language is meaningful and the question of whether religious belief is rational. Drawing from insights in both the analytic and continental traditions in philosophy, he argues that belief in God is valid as it stands.

Re-Appropriating 'Marvellous Fables' - Justin Martyr's Strategic Retrieval of Myth in '1 Apology'... Re-Appropriating 'Marvellous Fables' - Justin Martyr's Strategic Retrieval of Myth in '1 Apology' (Paperback)
Noel Wayne Pretila
R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Edwin Hatch provided a colourful portrait of the religious world to which Justin Martyr belonged: "The main subject-matter of ...literary education [amongst the pagans] was the poets...They were read as we read the Bible. They were committed to memory. The minds of men were saturated with them. A quotation from Homer or from a tragic poet was apposite on all occasions and in every kind of society" (The Influence of Greek Ideas on Christianity, 1957). So when some of these pagans converted to Christianity in Justin's day, is it reasonable to assume that they simply "forgot" these mythical narratives in which they had been reared from childhood? 'Re-Appropriating Marvellous Fables' sets out to argue that this was hardly the case. Rather, Justin in 1 Apology can be seen taking full advantage of the mythical framework that still loomed large in the minds of fledgling Christian believers and students in his care - masterfully re-appropriating this popular form of religious discourse for the purpose of solidifying their newfound faith.

Christian Faith for Handing On (Paperback): Helen Oppenheimer Christian Faith for Handing On (Paperback)
Helen Oppenheimer
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

What is the truth about the universe and its inhabitants? Helen Oppenheimer has carried out a balanced and rational inquiry into the existence of God to bring us closer to answering this question. Here she uses her findings to construct and argue her case for a responsible Christian faith, rooted firmly in the facts. 'Christian Faith for Handing On' offers readers a progress report on the live possibility of faith in an era of human suffering that can, at times, seem to render it futile. The author deftly tackles difficult questions and deconstructs objections to Christianity to equip and reassure believers, showing how they can learn from the sceptics in order to eschew comfortable complacency in favour of reason. This engaging and thought-provoking work will grip and challenge thinking Christians and atheist enquirers alike with its current and comprehensive apologia of Humanist Christian faith. Oppenheimer's scholarly approach ensures that the book will also prove an invaluable resource for academics and students of theology and philosophy.

Negating Negation - Against the Apophatic Abandonment of the Dionysian Corpus (Paperback): Timothy D. Knepper Negating Negation - Against the Apophatic Abandonment of the Dionysian Corpus (Paperback)
Timothy D. Knepper
R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

'Negating Negation' critically examines key concepts in the corpus of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite: divine names and perceptible symbols; removal and negation; hierarchy and hierurgy; ineffability and incomprehensibility. In each case it argues that the Dionysian corpus does not negate all things of an absolutely ineffable God; rather, it negates few things of a God that is effable in important ways. Dionysian divine names are not inadequate metaphors or impotent attributes but transcendent divine causes. Divine names are not therefore flatly negated of God but removed as ordinary properties to be revealed as divine causes. It is concluded that since the Dionysian corpus does not abandon all things to apophasis, it cannot be called to testify on behalf of (post)modern projects in religious pluralism and anti-ontotheology. Quite the contrary, the Dionysian corpus gives reason for suspicion of such projects, especially when they relativize or metaphorize religious belief and practice in the name of absolute ineffability.

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