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The Amorous Imagination - Individuating the Other-as-Beloved (Hardcover): D. Andrew Yost The Amorous Imagination - Individuating the Other-as-Beloved (Hardcover)
D. Andrew Yost
R1,826 Discovery Miles 18 260 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
As A Man Thinketh (Paperback): James Allen As A Man Thinketh (Paperback)
James Allen; Contributions by Mint Editions
R102 R86 Discovery Miles 860 Save R16 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

In creating one of the first and most successful examples of the inspirational self-help book, James Allen was motivated by his own hard experience to show how our mental attitude has profound control over our lives and how we experience the world. More than that, he shows how, in mastering how we think, we can master our place in the world. As a Man Thinketh first appeared in 1903 and draws its title from the Bible (Prov. 23: 7) "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Written to be accessible to all, the author persuasively describes how readers need to take responsibility for their thoughts as well as their actions, and that how a person thinks literally shapes their life path. In improving our thoughts, we can improve our lives. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of As a Man Thinketh is both modern and readable.

The Path - What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life (Paperback): Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh The Path - What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life (Paperback)
Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
R348 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Anselm's Other Argument (Hardcover): A. D Smith Anselm's Other Argument (Hardcover)
A. D Smith
R1,233 Discovery Miles 12 330 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109 CE), in his work Proslogion, originated the "ontological argument" for God's existence, famously arguing that "something than which nothing greater can be conceived," which he identifies with God, must actually exist, for otherwise something greater could indeed be conceived. Some commentators have claimed that although Anselm may not have been conscious of the fact, the Proslogion as well as his Reply to Gaunilo contains passages that constitute a second independent proof: a "modal ontological argument" that concerns the supposed logical necessity of God's existence. Other commentators disagree, countering that the alleged second argument does not stand on its own but presupposes the conclusion of the first. Anselm's Other Argument stakes an original claim in this debate, and takes it further. There is a second a priori argument in Anselm (specifically in the Reply), A. D. Smith contends, but it is not the modal argument past scholars have identified. This second argument surfaces in a number of forms, though always turning on certain deep, interrelated metaphysical issues. It is this form of argument that in fact underlies several of the passages which have been misconstrued as statements of the modal argument. In a book that combines historical research with rigorous philosophical analysis, Smith discusses this argument in detail, finally defending a modification of it that is implicit in Anselm. This "other argument" bears a striking resemblance to one that Duns Scotus would later employ.

Theology's Epistemological Dilemma - How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response (Paperback): Kevin... Theology's Epistemological Dilemma - How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response (Paperback)
Kevin Diller
R830 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R175 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The problem of faith and reason is as old as Christianity itself. Today's philosophical, scientific and historical challenges make the epistemic problem inescapable for believers. Can faith justify its claims? Does faith give us confidence in the truth? Is believing with certainty a virtue or a vice? In Theology?s Epistemological Dilemma, Kevin Diller addresses this problem by drawing on two of the most significant responses in recent Christian thought: Karl Barth's theology of revelation and Alvin Plantinga's epistemology of Christian belief. This will strike many as unlikely, given the common stereotypes of both thinkers. Contrary to widespread misunderstanding, Diller offers a reading of both as complementary to each other: Barth provides what Plantinga lacks in theological depth, while Plantinga provides what Barth lacks in philosophical clarity. Diller presents a unified Barth/Plantinga proposal for theological epistemology capable of responding without anxiety to the questions that face believers today.

The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Paperback): Tom Angier The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Paperback)
Tom Angier
R603 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R32 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Natural law ethics centres on the idea that ethical norms derive from human nature. The field has seen a remarkable revival since the millennium, with new work in Aristotelian metaphysics complementing innovative applied work in bioethics, economics and political theory. Starting with three chapters on the history of natural law ethics, this volume moves on to various twentieth-century theoretical innovations in the tradition, and then to natural law as embedded in the three Abrahamic faiths. It closes with sections on applied natural law ethics and the challenges and prospects for natural law ethics in the twenty-first century. Uniquely interdisciplinary and written without technical jargon, the book will be of great interest to students and researchers in philosophy, theology, political theory and economics. They will find this the go-to resource for cutting-edge thinking in natural law ethics.

Prelude to Philosophy - An Introduction for Christians (Paperback): Mark W Foreman Prelude to Philosophy - An Introduction for Christians (Paperback)
Mark W Foreman; Foreword by J.P. Moreland
R446 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R74 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"The unexamined life is not worth living," according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in this "prelude" to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning. In the first half of the book, Foreman defines the task of philosophy, compares it to other disciplines and demonstrates its practical value to Christians interested in developing a more thoughtful faith. The second half introduces the reader to logic and argumentation, the essential tools of a philosopher. Concise and straightforward, Prelude to Philosophy is a guide for those looking to embark on the "examined life."

Hidden Worldviews - Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives (Paperback): Steve Wilkens, Mark L Sanford Hidden Worldviews - Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives (Paperback)
Steve Wilkens, Mark L Sanford
R531 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Why do we buy what we buy, vote the way we vote, eat what we eat and say what we say? Why do we have the friends we have, and work and play as we do? It's our choice? Yes, but there are forces, often unseen, that shape every decision we make and every action we take. These hidden, life-shaping values and ideas are not promoted through organized religions or rival philosophies but fostered by cultural habits, lifestyles and the institutional structures of society. Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford shine a spotlight on the profound challenges to Christianity and faithful Christian living that come from worldviews that comprise the cultural soup we swim in. The authors show how to detect the individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, New Age thinking, postmodern tribalism and salvation as therapy that fly under our radar. Building on the work of worldview thinkers like James Sire, this book helps those committed to the gospel story recognize those rival cultural stories that compete for our hearts and minds.

Aquinas, Original Sin, and the Challenge of Evolution (Hardcover): Daniel W. Houck Aquinas, Original Sin, and the Challenge of Evolution (Hardcover)
Daniel W. Houck
R2,050 R1,901 Discovery Miles 19 010 Save R149 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Is original sin compatible with evolution? Many today believe the answer is 'No'. Engaging Aquinas's revolutionary account of the doctrine, Daniel W. Houck argues that there is not necessarily a conflict between this Christian teaching and mainstream biology. He draws on neglected texts outside the Summa Theologiae to show that Aquinas focused on humanity's loss of friendship with God - not the corruption of nature (or personal guilt). Aquinas's account is theologically attractive in its own right. Houck proposes, moreover, a new Thomist view of original sin that is consonant with evolution. This account is developed in dialogue with biblical scholarship on Jewish hamartiology and salient modern thinkers (including Kant, Schleiermacher, Barth, and Schoonenberg), and it is systematically connected to debates over nature, grace, the desire for God, and justification. In addition, the book canvasses a number of neglected premodern approaches to original sin, including those of Anselm, Abelard, and Lombard.

God: An Anatomy (Paperback): Francesca Stavrakopoulou God: An Anatomy (Paperback)
Francesca Stavrakopoulou 1
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Beautifully written, passionately argued and frequently controversial, God: An Anatomy is cultural history on a grand scale. Three thousand years ago, in the Southwest Asian lands we now call Israel and Palestine, a group of people worshipped a complex pantheon of deities, led by a father god called El. El had seventy children, who were gods in their own right. One of them was a minor storm deity, known as Yahweh. Yahweh had a body, a wife, offspring and colleagues. He fought monsters and mortals. He gorged on food and wine, wrote books, and took walks and naps. But he would become something far larger and far more abstract: the God of the great monotheistic religions. But as Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou reveals, God's cultural DNA stretches back centuries before the Bible was written, and persists in the tics and twitches of our own society, whether we are believers or not. The Bible has shaped our ideas about God and religion, but also our cultural preferences about human existence and experience; our concept of life and death; our attitude to sex and gender; our habits of eating and drinking; our understanding of history. Examining God's body, from his head to his hands, feet and genitals, she shows how the Western idea of God developed. She explores the places and artefacts that shaped our view of this singular God and the ancient religions and societies of the biblical world. And in doing so she analyses not only the origins of our oldest monotheistic religions, but also the origins of Western culture.

Is Reality Secular? - Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews (Paperback): Mary Poplin Is Reality Secular? - Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews (Paperback)
Mary Poplin; Foreword by Dallas Willard
R407 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R62 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

What is the nature of reality? At the root of our society's deepest political and cultural divisions are the conflicting principles of four global worldviews. While each of us holds to some version of one of these worldviews, we are often unconscious of their differences as well as their underlying assumptions. Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. Since different perspectives conflict with each other, how do we make sense of the differences? And if a worldview system accurately reflects reality, what implications does that have for our thinking and living? In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Poplin examines four major worldviews: naturalism, humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian theism. She explores the fundamental assumptions of each, pressing for limitations. Ultimately she puts each perspective to the test, asking, what if this worldview is true? If reality is secular, that means something for how we orient our lives. But if reality is not best explained by secular perspectives, that would mean something quite different. Consider for yourself what is the fundamental substance of reality.

The Puzzle of God (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed): Peter Vardy The Puzzle of God (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed)
Peter Vardy
R239 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R51 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Peter Vardy's much acclaimed introduction to the study of ideas about God -- now revised and updated. A clear, well-written guide to philosophical thinking about God. Starting with the question of what it means to say we believe in God, and looking at the nature of truth, Peter Vardy goes on to examine ideas about God and their influence on Christian thinking. Peter Vardy takes the reader through the arguments, using amusing illustrations and analogies. He writes for the lay person or student, not assuming any specialist knowledge, and not imposing any particular view. 'This is about the best elementary textbook in the philosophy of God I have come across... an extremely useful book.' Hugh Meynell, The Tablet 'This is a masterpiece of coherence. Step by step the reader is led clearly and humorously through the philosophical maze which confuses our thinking about God.' Linda Smith, Head of Religious Education, King's College, London

Wandering in Darkness - Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Paperback): Eleonore Stump Wandering in Darkness - Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Paperback)
Eleonore Stump
R991 Discovery Miles 9 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Only the most naive or tendentious among us would deny the extent and intensity of suffering in the world. Can one hold, consistently with the common view of suffering in the world, that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that one can.
Wandering in Darkness first presents the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical traditional theodicy, namely, that of Thomas Aquinas, is embedded. It explicates Aquinas's account of the good for human beings, including the nature of love and union among persons. Eleonore Stump also makes use of developments in neurobiology and developmental psychology to illuminate the nature of such union.
Stump then turns to an examination of narratives. In a methodological section focused on epistemological issues, the book uses recent research involving autism spectrum disorder to argue that some philosophical problems are best considered in the context of narratives. Using the methodology argued for, the book gives detailed, innovative exegeses of the stories of Job, Samson, Abraham and Isaac, and Mary of Bethany.
In the context of these stories and against the backdrop of Aquinas's other views, Stump presents Aquinas's own theodicy, and shows that Aquinas's theodicy gives a powerful explanation for God's allowing suffering. She concludes by arguing that this explanation constitutes a consistent and cogent defense for the problem of suffering.

The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Hardcover): Tom Angier The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Hardcover)
Tom Angier
R1,932 Discovery Miles 19 320 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Natural law ethics centres on the idea that ethical norms derive from human nature. The field has seen a remarkable revival since the millennium, with new work in Aristotelian metaphysics complementing innovative applied work in bioethics, economics and political theory. Starting with three chapters on the history of natural law ethics, this volume moves on to various twentieth-century theoretical innovations in the tradition, and then to natural law as embedded in the three Abrahamic faiths. It closes with sections on applied natural law ethics and the challenges and prospects for natural law ethics in the twenty-first century. Uniquely interdisciplinary and written without technical jargon, the book will be of great interest to students and researchers in philosophy, theology, political theory and economics. They will find this the go-to resource for cutting-edge thinking in natural law ethics.

The Imitation of Christ (Royal Collector's Edition) (Annotated) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket) (Hardcover): Thomas... The Imitation of Christ (Royal Collector's Edition) (Annotated) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket) (Hardcover)
Thomas A Kempis
R1,027 Discovery Miles 10 270 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Morality - Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Hardcover): Jonathan Sacks Morality - Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Hardcover)
Jonathan Sacks
R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Comparative Religious Law - Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Paperback): Norman Doe Comparative Religious Law - Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Paperback)
Norman Doe
R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Comparative Religious Law provides for the first time a study of the regulatory instruments of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious organisations in Britain in light of their historical religious laws. Norman Doe questions assumptions about the pervasiveness, character and scope of religious laws, from the view that they are not or should not be recognised by civil law, to the idea that there may be a fundamental incompatibility between religious and civil law. It proposes that religious laws pervade society, are recognised by civil law, have both a religious and temporal character, and regulate wide areas of believers' lives. Subjects include sources of law, faith leaders, governance, worship and education, rites of passage, divorce and children, and religion-State relations. A Charter of 'the principles of religious law' common to all three Abrahamic faiths is proposed, to stimulate greater mutual understanding between religion and society and between the three faiths themselves.

The Limits of Religious Tolerance (Paperback): Alan Jay Levinovitz The Limits of Religious Tolerance (Paperback)
Alan Jay Levinovitz
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Religion and the Christian Faith (Hardcover): Hendrik Kraemer Religion and the Christian Faith (Hardcover)
Hendrik Kraemer
R1,736 Discovery Miles 17 360 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A rich and profound contribution to the debate on the position of modern Christianity opened up Kraemer's The Christian Message in a Non-Christian World. In Religion and the Christian Faith he deals with many of the criticisms of his position, and offers an apologia, at once luminous and massive, of the Christian religion as the revelation of God to Man and the faith for all mankind. There is a decisive Christian finality about Kraemer's writing, and his book is a significant contribution to the sharp discipline of faith and action under which the universal Christian community lives. All the way through his formidably marshalled arguments run the undertones of Christian involvement in a real, world ' a world which, by his astonishing grasp of philosophy, Biblical theology and the claims of religion and religions, the Author brings alive to the reader. The reading of this formative book, with its strenuous demands on the reader's intelligence and Christian understanding, is a rewarding experience. Its significance for the Christian Church throughout the world is obvious, but it is also a monumental witness to the Christian religion for all those who ask not only for a faith 'once delivered' but a faith to believe in their own day and generation.

Habermas and Religion (Paperback): Craig Calhoun, Eduardo Mendieta, Jonathan Vanantwerpen Habermas and Religion (Paperback)
Craig Calhoun, Eduardo Mendieta, Jonathan Vanantwerpen
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

To the surprise of many readers, Jurgen Habermas has recently made religion a major theme of his work. Emphasizing both religion's prominence in the contemporary public sphere and its potential contributions to critical thought, Habermas's engagement with religion has been controversial and exciting, putting much of his own work in fresh perspective and engaging key themes in philosophy, politics and social theory. Habermas argues that the once widely accepted hypothesis of progressive secularization fails to account for the multiple trajectories of modernization in the contemporary world. He calls attention to the contemporary significance of "postmetaphysical" thought and "postsecular" consciousness - even in Western societies that have embraced a rationalistic understanding of public reason. "Habermas and Religion "presents a series of original and sustained engagements with Habermas's writing on religion in the public sphere, featuring new work and critical reflections from leading philosophers, social and political theorists, and anthropologists. Contributors to the volume respond both to Habermas's ambitious and well-developed philosophical project and to his most recent work on religion. The book closes with an extended response from Habermas - itself a major statement from one of today's most important thinkers.

The Christian Understanding of History (Hardcover, Revised ed.): Eric Rust The Christian Understanding of History (Hardcover, Revised ed.)
Eric Rust
R1,559 Discovery Miles 15 590 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In a scientific age we are becoming historically conscious and realising how many of our contemporary problems cannot be solved without an understanding of their historical perspective. The author explains here how the conception of world-history is routed in Christianity and how biblical examination can help to explain our history.

Religious Experience - and Other Essays and Addresses (Hardcover): William Temple Religious Experience - and Other Essays and Addresses (Hardcover)
William Temple
R1,261 Discovery Miles 12 610 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, was the outstanding Anglican figure of the twentieth century. His honesty, wide interests, immense humanity, sense of fun, and utter lack of pomposity won him the respect of thousands of men and women who never darkened the doors of a church, while his intellect and seriousness of purpose impressed the clergy and his peers. This volume brings together twenty-two of Temple's essays and addresses covering the whole span of his adult life, and illustrating in an impressive way both the catholicity of his interests, the breadth of his social thinking and the depth of his religious faith.

Critique of Heaven (Hardcover, Revised ed.): Arend Theodoor van Leeuwen Critique of Heaven (Hardcover, Revised ed.)
Arend Theodoor van Leeuwen
R1,410 Discovery Miles 14 100 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The first series of van Leeuwenis Gifford Lectures examining the young Karl Marxis developing thought, of importance to those studying Marx and those involved in Marxist-Christian dialogue.

The Rupture - On Knowledge and the Sublime (Paperback): Olivia Fane, John B. Harris The Rupture - On Knowledge and the Sublime (Paperback)
Olivia Fane, John B. Harris
R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Syncretism in the West - Pico's 900 Theses (1486) With Text, Translation, and Commentary (Paperback, Reissue ed.): S.A.... Syncretism in the West - Pico's 900 Theses (1486) With Text, Translation, and Commentary (Paperback, Reissue ed.)
S.A. Farmer
R876 R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Save R151 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
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