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Sacred Music, Religious Desire and Knowledge of God The Music of Our Human Longing

Sacred Music, Religious Desire and Knowledge of God The Music of Our Human Longing

Author: Dr Julian Perlmutter Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Many people find sacred choral music profound and deeply evocative, even in societies that seem to be turning away from religious belief. In this book, Julian Perlmutter examines how, in light of its wide appeal, sacred music can have religious significance for people regardless of their religious convictions. By differentiating between doctrinal belief and the desire for God, the book explores a longing for the spiritual that is compatible with both belief and 'interested non-belief'. Perlmutter describes how sacred music can elicit this kind of longing, thereby helping the listener to grow in religious openness. The work of Thomas Merton is also analyzed in order to show that musically-elicited desire for God can be incorporated into the Christian practice of contemplative prayer, aimed ultimately at a union of love with God. By exploring connections between desire, knowledge, and religious practice, this engaging account illustrates how sacred music can have a transformative effect on one's wider spiritual life. Of particular interest to philosophers and theologians, the book makes a novel contribution to several topics including religious epistemology, the philosophy of emotion, and aesthetics.

On The Possibility of a Christian Cosmology

On The Possibility of a Christian Cosmology

Author: John C. Caiazza Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2020

In a newly discovered universe of black holes, gravity waves, quantum bi-location, the big bang, and a practical infinity of stars, galaxies and planets, how does Christian dogma fit in, if at all? In fact, this new book, On the Possibility of a Christian Cosmology, argues that there exists the real possibility of applying a Christian view of the created universe taken from the Bible and tradition to the well-established theories and discoveries of recent scientific cosmology. To name just one aspect shared by both, modern scientific cosmological description begins with a big bang, the arrival of time and space in an instant, and projects an endpoint in the future thus describing a long, but limited, lifespan to the universe as a whole. Christian doctrine also projects a timeline in which the universe as in Genesis is created at a definite point in time (in fact at the beginning of time), but will at the Second Coming not be destroyed, but rather will reach a cumulative climax, i.e. an endpoint of revelation and ultimate glory. In between the different accounts of beginnings and the endpoints, are two different accounts of history. On the one hand, the physical development of the stars, galaxies and elements, the formation of the earth, the origin of life (still a scientific mystery), evolution, the arrival of the human species, scientific knowledge, and technological application. On the other, Creation, the fall of man, the coming of Christ as the Second Person of the Trinity, and the Second Coming at which the universe will be rolled up like a scroll, and the elements burned away. (St. Peter) Can these two seemingly contradictory accounts of human and cosmic history be made to accommodate each other? On the Possibility of a Christian Cosmology answers Yes to this question, hopefully paving the way to further discussion.

I and Thou

I and Thou

Author: Martin Buber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Originally published in German in 1923, I and Thou was an influential work that explained the meaning behind human existence. Buber explains that existence can be addressed in two ways: First as I towards It, meaning our interaction with objects in our world that we use or experience. The second as I towards a Thou, meaning our search for relationships without boundaries. This second subject is one of the main themes behind Buber's work as a whole; humans find their meaning for life in relationships with others. In conclusion, Buber contends that the relationships we form throughout our lives ultimately bring us closer to fulfilling a relationship with God, the Eternal Thou. These conclusions are drawn in three sections: his two modes of engaging the world, conclusions about man's psychology, and solutions to man's woes. Written in a series of both long and short aphorisms, the book is not formatted as an argument, but more of related reflections, realizations, and observations. In this new edition of Martin Buber's translated I and Thou, discover the meaning behind human existence and see if you can find meaning through Buber's reflections of the world and its residents.

Debating Christian Religious Epistemology An Introduction to Five Views on the Knowledge of God

Debating Christian Religious Epistemology An Introduction to Five Views on the Knowledge of God

Author: John M. (Marywood University, USA) DePoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

What does it mean to believe in God? What passes as evidence for belief in God? What issues arise when considering the rationality of belief in God? Debating Christian Religious Epistemology introduces core questions in the philosophy of religion by bringing five competing viewpoints on the knowledge of God into critical dialogue with one another. Each chapter introduces an epistemic viewpoint, providing an overview of its main arguments and explaining why it justifies belief. The validity of that viewpoint is then explored and tested in a critical response from an expert in an opposing tradition. Featuring a wide range of different philosophical positions, traditions and methods, this introduction: - Covers classical evidentialism, phenomenal conservatism, proper functionalism, covenantal epistemology and traditions-based perspectivalism - Draws on MacIntyre's account of rationality and ideas from the Analytic and Conservatism traditions - Addresses issues in social epistemology - Considers the role of religious experience and religious texts Packed with lively debates, this is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in understanding the major positions in contemporary religious epistemology and how religious concepts and practices relate to belief and knowledge.

Debating Christian Religious Epistemology An Introduction to Five Views on the Knowledge of God

Debating Christian Religious Epistemology An Introduction to Five Views on the Knowledge of God

Author: John M. (Marywood University, USA) DePoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

What does it mean to believe in God? What passes as evidence for belief in God? What issues arise when considering the rationality of belief in God? Debating Christian Religious Epistemology introduces core questions in the philosophy of religion by bringing five competing viewpoints on the knowledge of God into critical dialogue with one another. Each chapter introduces an epistemic viewpoint, providing an overview of its main arguments and explaining why it justifies belief. The validity of that viewpoint is then explored and tested in a critical response from an expert in an opposing tradition. Featuring a wide range of different philosophical positions, traditions and methods, this introduction: - Covers classical evidentialism, phenomenal conservatism, proper functionalism, covenantal epistemology and traditions-based perspectivalism - Draws on MacIntyre's account of rationality and ideas from the Analytic and Conservatism traditions - Addresses issues in social epistemology - Considers the role of religious experience and religious texts Packed with lively debates, this is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in understanding the major positions in contemporary religious epistemology and how religious concepts and practices relate to belief and knowledge.

Pauline Ugliness Jacob Taubes and the Turn to Paul

Pauline Ugliness Jacob Taubes and the Turn to Paul

Author: Ole Jakob Loland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2020

In recent decades Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Zizek have shown the centrality of Paul to western political and philosophical thought and made the Apostle a central figure in left-wing discourses far removed from traditional theological circles. Yet the recovery of Paul beyond Christian theology owes a great deal to the writings of the Jewish rabbi and philosopher Jacob Taubes (1923-1987). Pauline Ugliness shows how Paul became an effective tool for Taubes to position himself within European philosophical debates of the twentieth century. Drawing on Nietzsche's polemical readings of the ancient apostle as well as Freud's psychoanalysis, Tabues developed an imaginative and distinct account of political theology in confrontations with Carl Schmitt, Theodor Adorno, Hans Blumenberg, and others. In a powerful reconsideration of the apostle, Taubes contested the conventional understanding of Paul as the first Christian who broke definitively with Judaism and drained Christianity of its political potential. As a Jewish rabbi steeped in a philosophical tradition marked by European Christianity, Taubes was, on the contrary, able to emphasize Paul's Jewishness as well as the political explosiveness of his revolutionary doctrine of the cross. This book establishes Taubes's account of Paul as a turning point in the development of political theology. Loland shows how Taubes identified the Pauline movement as the birth of a politics of ugliness, the invention of a revolutionary criticism of the 'beautiful' culture of the powerful that sides instead with the oppressed.

Pauline Ugliness Jacob Taubes and the Turn to Paul

Pauline Ugliness Jacob Taubes and the Turn to Paul

Author: Ole Jakob Loland Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2020

In recent decades Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Zizek have shown the centrality of Paul to western political and philosophical thought and made the Apostle a central figure in left-wing discourses far removed from traditional theological circles. Yet the recovery of Paul beyond Christian theology owes a great deal to the writings of the Jewish rabbi and philosopher Jacob Taubes (1923-1987). Pauline Ugliness shows how Paul became an effective tool for Taubes to position himself within European philosophical debates of the twentieth century. Drawing on Nietzsche's polemical readings of the ancient apostle as well as Freud's psychoanalysis, Tabues developed an imaginative and distinct account of political theology in confrontations with Carl Schmitt, Theodor Adorno, Hans Blumenberg, and others. In a powerful reconsideration of the apostle, Taubes contested the conventional understanding of Paul as the first Christian who broke definitively with Judaism and drained Christianity of its political potential. As a Jewish rabbi steeped in a philosophical tradition marked by European Christianity, Taubes was, on the contrary, able to emphasize Paul's Jewishness as well as the political explosiveness of his revolutionary doctrine of the cross. This book establishes Taubes's account of Paul as a turning point in the development of political theology. Loland shows how Taubes identified the Pauline movement as the birth of a politics of ugliness, the invention of a revolutionary criticism of the 'beautiful' culture of the powerful that sides instead with the oppressed.

American Philosophers Read Scripture

American Philosophers Read Scripture

Author: Jacob L. Goodson, Ann W. Duncan, Edward F. Mooney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2020

This collection introduces readers to the philosophical interpretation of Scripture, specifically within American Philosophy. The purpose of the collection concerns starting a conversation about the practice and task of the philosophical interpretation of Scripture. Reflections on the philosophical interpretation of Scripture have been treated more as a conversation-stopper than a conversation-starter within the American academy. To start such a conversation, this collection offers substantive accounts of the role of Scripture in the philosophical thought of fifteen American philosophers: Jane Addams, Henry Bugbee, Stanley Cavell, John Dewey, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, William James, Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, Josiah Royce, Richard Rorty, George Santayana, Henry David Thoreau, and Cornel West.

Enactment, Politics, and Truth Pauline Themes in Agamben, Badiou, and Heidegger

Enactment, Politics, and Truth Pauline Themes in Agamben, Badiou, and Heidegger

Author: Antonio (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) Cimino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Enactment, Politics, and Truth explores the interpretations of Saint Paul by Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Martin Heidegger. These interpretations are characterized by substantial thematic overlap that can be traced back to a key subject: the articulation of Pauline faith (pistis). Although each thinker approaches the issue from a different angle, they all interpret Pauline pistis by focusing on how it is enacted, articulated, and expressed in Saint Paul's concrete situation. Antonio Cimino sheds light on why Agamben, Badiou, and Heidegger address Pauline pistis and what kind of philosophical motives underlie their readings.

On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are

On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are

Author: Andre (St John's College, USA.) Barbera Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

In this volume Andre Barbera considers the question of faith, how an individual may act faithfully, and what good (if any) is faithful action. Drawing on the letters of the Apostle Paul and the work of philosophical thinkers such as Soren Kierkegaard, Barbera explores numerous aspects of faithful living, from religion, original sin, and tests of faith, to the power of prayer, and even the concept of atheism. In particular, Barbera formulates a postulate drawn from Augustine's Confessions: God is not bound by time. The person of faith, however, is enslaved by time. Augustine's expression faith seeking understanding stakes the claim, but the mode of faith and the end of faith are inherently contradictory. The faithful person waits in pursuit, choking. Works, the anxiety of faith, ensue. Barbera concludes that the person of faith engages in endless trial, struggle, and contradiction, but in so doing attempts to produce a meaningful life.

A Radical Pluralist Philosophy of Religion Cross-Cultural, Multireligious, Interdisciplinary

A Radical Pluralist Philosophy of Religion Cross-Cultural, Multireligious, Interdisciplinary

Author: Mikel (University of Leeds, UK) Burley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

This book is a unique introduction to studying the philosophy of religion, drawing on a wide range of cultures and literary sources in an approach that is both methodologically innovative and expansive in its cross-cultural and multi-religious scope. Employing his expertise in interdisciplinary and Wittgenstein-influenced methods, Mikel Burley draws on works of narrative fiction and ethnography, including Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman, to critically engage with existing approaches to the philosophy of religion and advocate a radical, pluralist approach. Breaking away from the standard fixation on a narrow construal of theism, topics discussed include conceptions of compassion in Buddhist ethics, cannibalism in mortuary rituals, divine possession and animal sacrifice in Hindu Goddess worship and animism in indigenous traditions. Original and engaging, Burley's synthesis of philosophical, anthropological and literary elements expands and diversifies the philosophy of religion, providing an essential introduction for anyone interested in studying the radical plurality of forms that religion takes in human life.

On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are

On Faith, Works, Eternity and the Creatures We Are

Author: Andre (St John's College, USA.) Barbera Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

In this volume Andre Barbera considers the question of faith, how an individual may act faithfully, and what good (if any) is faithful action. Drawing on the letters of the Apostle Paul and the work of philosophical thinkers such as Soren Kierkegaard, Barbera explores numerous aspects of faithful living, from religion, original sin, and tests of faith, to the power of prayer, and even the concept of atheism. In particular, Barbera formulates a postulate drawn from Augustine's Confessions: God is not bound by time. The person of faith, however, is enslaved by time. Augustine's expression faith seeking understanding stakes the claim, but the mode of faith and the end of faith are inherently contradictory. The faithful person waits in pursuit, choking. Works, the anxiety of faith, ensue. Barbera concludes that the person of faith engages in endless trial, struggle, and contradiction, but in so doing attempts to produce a meaningful life.