The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

By Peter Rollins

Theological firebrand Peter Rollins asserts that mainstream Christianity reduces God to an idol, made in our personal photo, for the aim of offering simple task and satisfaction.

You can’t be happy. lifestyles is hard. You don’t recognize the secret.

Whether readers are religious believers or far-off seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we needs to lay down our certainties and truthfully admit our doubts to spot with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist sure bet which will open readers as much as a extra loving, lively manifestation of Christ’s love.

In distinction to the standard figuring out of the “Good information” as a message providing delight and walk in the park, Rollins argues for an intensive and shattering substitute. He explores how the excellent news truly comprises embracing the concept that we can’t be complete, that existence is tough, and that we're at nighttime. exhibiting how God has ordinarily been approached as a product that may render us entire, eliminate our discomfort, and show the solutions, he introduces an incendiary method of religion that invitations us to joyfully embody our brokenness, resolutely face our unknowing, and courageously settle for the problems of lifestyles. basically then, he argues, will we really rob loss of life of its sting and input into the fullness of existence.

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Dignity: Its History and Meaning

By Michael Rosen

Dignity performs a crucial function in present wondering legislations and human rights, yet there's sharp confrontation approximately its that means. Combining conceptual precision with a huge old heritage, Michael Rosen places those controversies in context and provides a unique, optimistic proposal.

Drawing on legislations, politics, faith, and tradition, in addition to philosophy, Rosen exhibits how smooth conceptions of dignity inherit numerous unique strands of that means. the reason is, clients of the note these days frequently speak prior each other. the belief of dignity because the origin for the common entitlement to human rights represented the arriving jointly after the second one international battle of 2 super robust traditions: Christian theology and Kantian philosophy. not just is that this notion of dignity as an “inner transcendental kernel” in the back of human rights frustrating, Rosen argues, it has drawn consciousness clear of a special, vitally important, feel of dignity: the best to be taken care of with dignity, that's, with right recognize.

At the center of the argument stands the large determine of Immanuel Kant. tough present orthodoxy, Rosen’s interpretation offers Kant as a thinker whose moral concept is ruled, notably, via the requirement of revealing recognize towards a kernel of worth that every people contains, indestructibly, inside ourselves. ultimately, Rosen asks (and solutions) an incredibly complicated query: why will we nonetheless have an obligation to regard the lifeless with dignity in the event that they won't reap the benefits of our respect?

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Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father (Christian Theology in Context)

By David M. Gwynn

Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is among the maximum and such a lot arguable figures of early Christian heritage. His lifestyles spanned the interval of basic swap for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that the conversion of Constantine the nice, the 1st Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius performed a primary function in shaping Christianity in those an important adolescence. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and encouraged admiration and competition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the 1st ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned by way of Constantine in 325 and as a theologian will be remembered because the defender of the unique Nicene Creed opposed to the 'Arian' heresy. He used to be additionally a champion of the ascetic circulate that reworked Christianity, a customer of clergymen and virgins and the writer of diverse ascetic works together with the recognized Life of Antony. some of these parts performed their half in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, answerable for the actual and religious well being of his congregations. This publication deals the 1st research in English to attract jointly those different but inseparable roles that outlined Athanasius' lifestyles and the impact that he exerted on next Christian culture. The presentation is obtainable to either experts and non-specialists and is illuminated all through by way of huge citation from Athanasius' many writings, for it truly is via his personal phrases that we might top strategy this notable man.

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The Call to Radical Theology (SUNY Series in Theology and Continental Thought)

By Thomas J.J. Altizer

The main death-of-God theologian explores the which means and goal of radical theology. within the name to Radical Theology, Thomas J. J. Altizer meditates at the nature of radical theology and calls readers to adopt the vocation of radical theology as a fashion of dwelling an absolutely tested existence. In fourteen essays, he explores how the demise of God in modernity and the dissolution of divine authority have freed theology to turn into a style of final mirrored image and artistic inquiry now not certain by way of church sanction or doctrinal strictures. Revealing a wealth of important versions for doing radical theological pondering, Altizer discusses the paintings of philosophers akin to Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marion, Derrida, and Levinas, between others. assets also are present in the paintings of creative writers, specifically Milton, Blake, and Joyce. within the spirit of Joyce’s the following Comes everyone, Altizer is confident that theology is for everybody and that everybody has the authority to do theology authentically. An advent via Lissa McCullough and foreword through David E. Klemm aid orient the reader to Altizer’s detailed knowing of the position of theology after the loss of life of God. Thomas J. J. Altizer is Professor Emeritus of non secular reports at Stony Brook collage, kingdom collage of recent York. he's the writer of many books, together with residing the loss of life of God: A Theological Memoir, additionally released by way of SUNY Press. Lissa McCullough is an self sufficient student and coeditor (with Brian Schroeder) of pondering during the demise of God: A serious better half to Thomas J. J. Altizer, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.

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Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)

In his personal day the dominant character of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo this day stands as might be the best philosopher of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is among the nice works of Western literature. during this intensely own narrative, Augustine relates his infrequent ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the sting of the corridors of energy on the imperial court docket in Milan, his fight opposed to the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the restoration of the religion his mom Monica had taught him in the course of his childhood.

Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent pupil of early Christianity, has given us the 1st new English translation in thirty years of this vintage non secular trip. Chadwick renders the main points of Augustine's conversion in transparent, sleek English. We witness the longer term saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, after which stick to him via scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths till he ultimately reaches Christian religion. There are incredible philosophical musings approximately Platonism and the character of God, and touching photographs of Augustine's cherished mom, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of different early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a exotic occupation as a rhetorician to undertake the orthodox religion. Augustine's issues are usually strikingly modern, but his paintings comprises many references and allusions which are simply understood in basic terms with historical past information regarding the traditional social and highbrow atmosphere. To make The Confessions available to modern readers, Chadwick offers the main whole and informative notes of any contemporary translation, and contains an advent to set up the context.

The spiritual and philosophical worth of The Confessions is unquestionable--now sleek readers could have more straightforward entry to St. Augustine's deeply own meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and worthy advent transparent the way in which for a brand new event of this classic.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from around the world. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative beneficial good points, together with professional introductions by way of major experts, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra examine, and lots more and plenty more.

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God: A Biography

By Jack Miles

What kind of "person" is God? Is it attainable to process him no longer as an item of spiritual reverence, yet because the protagonist of the world's maximum book--as a personality who possesses the entire depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? during this "brilliant, audacious book" (Chicago Tribune), a former Jesuit marshalls an unlimited array of studying and information of the Hebrew Bible to light up God--and man--with a feeling of discovery and beauty.

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Hermeneutics and Criticism And Other Writings

By Friedrich Schleiermacher

This can be an average-quality test yet very readable. the unique textual content did have a bit of of underlining, however it doesn't influence its readability.
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Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics and feedback is the founding textual content of contemporary hermeneutics. Written as a style for the translation and textual feedback of the recent testomony, it truly is remarkably suitable to modern theories of interpretation in literary thought and analytical philosophy. This quantity deals the textual content in a brand new translation through Andrew Bowie, including comparable writings on secular hermeneutics and language. An creation areas the texts within the context of Schleiermacher's philosophy as a whole.

A most crucial textual content for the basis of contemporary interpretative thought - vital for debates in modern literary theory
Of robust curiosity to theologians: vital for the learn of Protestant hermeneutics
Substantial ancient and philosophical creation

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A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica

By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot greater Summa of the Summa, which in flip was once a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is beautiful noticeable: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa was once simply over 500.) The Summa is unquestionably the best, so much formidable, most reasonable booklet of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that's chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes the following through Kreeft, a well-liked Thomist instructor and author. St. Thomas Aquinas is universally well-known as one of many maximum philosophers who ever lived. His writings mix the 2 primary beliefs of philosophical writing: readability and profundity. he's a grasp of metaphysics and technical terminology, but so filled with either theoretical and useful knowledge. he's the grasp of good judgment. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet quite vital at the present time due to his synthesis of religion and cause, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco-Roman heritages. This little ebook is designed for newcomers, both for school room use or separately. It comprises the main recognized and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to realizing them.

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Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

By N. T. Wright

In Simply Jesus, bestselling writer and prime Bible student N.T. Wright summarizes 2 hundred years of contemporary Biblical scholarship and types how Christians can top retell the tale of Jesus this day. In a mode just like C.S. Lewis’s renowned works, Wright breaks down the boundaries that hinder Christians from absolutely enticing with the tale of Jesus. For believers confronting the problem of connecting with their religion at the present time, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The cause of God, Wright’s Simply Jesus bargains a provocative new photo of ways to appreciate who Jesus was once and the way Christians may still relate to him today. 

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