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Repairing Eden Humility, Mysticism, and the Existential Problem of Religious Diversity by Mark S. McLeod-Harrison

Repairing Eden Humility, Mysticism, and the Existential Problem of Religious Diversity


Repairing Eden Humility, Mysticism, and the Existential Problem of Religious Diversity by Mark S. McLeod-Harrison

How do Christians keep from losing their faith when they discover that other faiths are as justified as their own? Mark McLeod-Harrison draws on his training in analytic philosophy and his knowledge of Christian mysticism to provide a compelling analysis of, and unique solution to, the problem religious diversity poses for Christians. In Repairing Eden, McLeod-Harrison describes this dilemma as an existential problem internal to the Christian faith. He suggests that Christian humility and Christian mysticism can provide a joint path toward a kind of metaphysical certainty - the mystic path, the path of bearing one's own cross - that can become a means of more deeply knowing God. Repairing Eden weaves theology, philosophy, and pastoral concerns into a spiritual-philosophical solution to a deeply important challenge to Christian faith.


McLeod-Harrison's work is philosophically skilled, spiritually mature, and theologically informed. The result is witness to Christian faith and wise counsel for Christian faithfulness. Jonathan R. Wilson, Acadia Divinity College Philosophers and theologians who think that Christian exclusivism with regard to matters of religious truth and salvation is a dead issue or an offensive position must read this book. McLeod-Harrison argues for a form of traditional exclusivism that is philosophically sophisticated, religiously attractive, and morally sensitive. Repairing Eden plumbs the tradition to recast the issue of religious diversity in a new way. Terrence W. Tilley, University of Dayton

About the Author

Mark S. McLeod-Harrison, a priest with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches and abbot of the Community of Christ the Teacher, is associate professor of philosophy at George Fox University and author of Rationality and Theism: An Essay on Reform

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Publication date

1st March 2007


Mark S. McLeod-Harrison

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McGill-Queen's University Press


168 pages


Christian theology



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