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Karl Barth and Comparative Theology

Karl Barth and Comparative Theology

Author: Martha L. Moore-Keish, Christian T. Collins Winn Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Building on recent engagements with Barth in the area of theologies of religion, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology inaugurates a new conversation between Barth's theology and comparative theology. Each essay brings Barth into conversation with theological claims from other religious traditions for the purpose of modeling deep learning across religious borders from a Barthian perspective. For each tradition, two Barth-influenced theologians offer focused engagements of Barth with the tradition's respective themes and figures, and a response from a theologian from that tradition then follows. With these surprising and stirringly creative exchanges, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology promises to open up new trajectories for comparative theology. Contributors: Chris Boesel, Francis X. Clooney, Christian T. Collins Winn, Victor Ezigbo, James Farwell, Tim Hartman, S. Mark Heim, Paul Knitter, Pan-chiu Lai, Martha L. Moore-Keish, Peter Ochs, Marc Pugliese, Joshua Ralston, Anantanand Rambachan, Randi Rashkover, Kurt Richardson, Mun'im Sirry, John Sheveland, Nimi Wariboko

The Methods of Science and Religion Epistemologies in Conflict

The Methods of Science and Religion Epistemologies in Conflict

Author: Tiddy Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Tiddy Smith argues that the conflict between science and religion is ultimately a disagreement about what kinds of methods we should use for investigating the world. Specifically, scientists and religious folk disagree over which belief-forming methods are reliable. In the course of justifying any scientific claim, scientists typically appeal to methods which generate agreement between independent investigators, and which converge on the same answers to the same questions. In contrast, religious claims are typically justified by methods which neither generate agreement nor converge in their results (for example, dreams, visions, mystical experiences etc.). This fundamental difference in methodologies can neatly account for the conflict between science and religion.

Heidegger and Kabbalah Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiesis

Heidegger and Kabbalah Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiesis

Author: Elliot Wolfson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

While many scholars have noted Martin Heidegger's indebtedness to Christian mystical sources, as well as his affinity with Taoism and Buddhism, Elliot R. Wolfson expands connections between Heidegger's thought and kabbalistic material. By arguing that the Jewish esoteric tradition impacted Heidegger, Wolfson presents an alternative way of understanding the history of Western philosophy. Wolfson's comparison between Heidegger and kabbalah sheds light on key concepts such as hermeneutics, temporality, language, and being and nothingness, while yielding surprising reflections on their common philosophical ground. Given Heidegger's involvement with National Socialism and his use of antisemitic language, these innovative readings are all the more remarkable for their juxtaposition of incongruent fields of discourse. Wolfson's entanglement with Heidegger and kabbalah not only enhances understandings of both but, more profoundly, serves as an ethical corrective to their respective ethnocentrism and essentialism. Wolfson masterfully illustrates the redemptive capacity of thought to illuminate common ground in seemingly disparate philosophical traditions.

Heidegger and Kabbalah Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiesis

Heidegger and Kabbalah Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiesis

Author: Elliot Wolfson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

While many scholars have noted Martin Heidegger's indebtedness to Christian mystical sources, as well as his affinity with Taoism and Buddhism, Elliot R. Wolfson expands connections between Heidegger's thought and kabbalistic material. By arguing that the Jewish esoteric tradition impacted Heidegger, Wolfson presents an alternative way of understanding the history of Western philosophy. Wolfson's comparison between Heidegger and kabbalah sheds light on key concepts such as hermeneutics, temporality, language, and being and nothingness, while yielding surprising reflections on their common philosophical ground. Given Heidegger's involvement with National Socialism and his use of antisemitic language, these innovative readings are all the more remarkable for their juxtaposition of incongruent fields of discourse. Wolfson's entanglement with Heidegger and kabbalah not only enhances understandings of both but, more profoundly, serves as an ethical corrective to their respective ethnocentrism and essentialism. Wolfson masterfully illustrates the redemptive capacity of thought to illuminate common ground in seemingly disparate philosophical traditions.

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science

Author: Daniel Toma Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity: Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science proffers a Catholic worldview of creation and the universe and shows that it is reasonable in the light of the best of human experience, both modern and pre-modern. The Catholic worldview maintains that the Liturgy of the Church-the image of eternity-is the blueprint for material and immaterial reality. This liturgical structure is manifested in the natural world through the hierarchy of being-the vestige of Eden-evident to human knowledge, and as such provides a framework that easily subsumes and makes sense of the data of modern scholarship and science. It also leaves them open to understanding in the light of realties beyond matter. Proposing a novel framework for understanding reality to modern ears, yet old in the history of human thought, Vestige of Eden will be of interest to general readers and college students, while proving profitable for the academic as well.

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science

Author: Daniel Toma Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity: Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science proffers a Catholic worldview of creation and the universe and shows that it is reasonable in the light of the best of human experience, both modern and pre-modern. The Catholic worldview maintains that the Liturgy of the Church-the image of eternity-is the blueprint for material and immaterial reality. This liturgical structure is manifested in the natural world through the hierarchy of being-the vestige of Eden-evident to human knowledge, and as such provides a framework that easily subsumes and makes sense of the data of modern scholarship and science. It also leaves them open to understanding in the light of realties beyond matter. Proposing a novel framework for understanding reality to modern ears, yet old in the history of human thought, Vestige of Eden will be of interest to general readers and college students, while proving profitable for the academic as well.

Intellectual, Humanist and Religious Commitment Acts of Assent

Intellectual, Humanist and Religious Commitment Acts of Assent

Author: Peter Forrest Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2019

This book offers a rigorous analysis of why commitment matters and the challenges it presents to a range of believers. Peter Forrest treats commitment as a response to lost innocence. He considers the intellectual consequences of this by demonstrating why, for example, we should not believe in angels. He then explores why humans are attached to reason and to humanism, recognising the different commitments made by theist and non-theist humanists. Finally, he analyses religious faith, specifically fideism, defining it by way of contrast to Descartes, Pascal and William James, as well as contemporary philosophers including John Schellenberg and Lara Buchak. Of particular interest to scholars working on the philosophy of religion, the book makes the case both for and against committing to God, recognising that God's divine character sets up an emotional rather than an intellectual barrier to commitment to worship.

Atheisms The philosophy of non-belief

Atheisms The philosophy of non-belief

Author: Harriet A. (University of Edinburgh, UK) Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2019

Questions about how to negotiate belief and unbelief in social and public spheres are attracting an increasing amount of attention from scholars in a range of disciplines, and from concerned members of the public. This volume directly addresses the emergence of New Atheism and delves into the developing Spiritual but not religious (SBNR) phenomenon. Avoiding simplistic accounts of atheism, and of religious belief, an international panel of contributors provide readers with insights into a wide range of nuances within theism and a-theism, as well as spiritual practice and faith. Chapters cover, among other topics, Christian atheism, re-enchantment with nature, oral arguments against theism and atheist aesthetics. This collection reaches beyond Christian belief and unbelief, which is so often the milieu of atheism debates, and incorporates a range of traditions as well as the emergence of SBNR. As such, it will be of keen interest to scholars of the Philosophy of Religion, as well as Religious Studies and Theology more generally.

Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications

Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications

Author: Saikou Y. Diallo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

This uniquely inspirational and practical book explores human simulation, which is the application of computational modeling and simulation to research subjects in the humanities disciplines. It delves into the fascinating process of collaboration among experts who usually don't have much to do with one another - computer engineers and humanities scholars - from the perspective of the humanities scholars. It also explains the process of developing models and simulations in these interdisciplinary teams. Each chapter takes the reader on a journey, presenting a specific theory about the human condition, a model of that theory, discussion of its implementation, analysis of its results, and an account of the collaborative experience. Contributing authors with different fields of expertise share how each model was validated, discuss relevant datasets, explain development strategies, and frankly discuss the ups and downs of the process of collaborative development. Readers are given access to the models and will also gain new perspectives from the authors' findings, experiences, and recommendations. Today we are in the early phases of an information revolution, combining access to vast computing resources, large amounts of human data through social media, and an unprecedented richness of methods and tools to capture, analyze, explore, and test hypotheses and theories of all kinds. Thus, this book's insights will be valuable not only to students and scholars of humanities subjects, but also to the general reader and researchers from other disciplines who are intrigued by the expansion of the information revolution all the way into the humanities departments of modern universities.

Living Mirrors Infinity, Unity, and Life in Leibniz's Philosophy

Living Mirrors Infinity, Unity, and Life in Leibniz's Philosophy

Author: Ohad (Professor of Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) Nachtomy Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

In Living Mirrors, Ohad Nachtomy examines Leibniz's attempt to re-enchant the natural world-that is, to infuse life, purpose, and value into the very foundations of nature, a nature that Leibniz saw as disenchanted by Descartes' and Spinoza's more naturalistic and mechanistic theories. Nachtomy sees Leibniz's nuanced view of infinity- how it differs in the divine as well as human spheres, and its relationship to numerical and metaphysical unity-as key in this effort. Leibniz defined living beings by means of an infinite nested structure particular to what he called natural machines -and for him, an intermediate kind of infinity is the defining feature of living beings. Using a metaphor of a living mirror, Leibniz put forth infinity as crucial to explaining the unity of a living being as well as the harmony between the infinitely small and the infinitely large; in this way, employing infinity and unity, we can better understand life itself, both as a metaphysical principle and as an empirical fact. Nachtomy's sophisticated and novel treatment of the essential themes in Leibniz's work will not only interest Leibniz scholars, but scholars of early modern philosophy and students of the history of philosophy and science as well.

A Critique of Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Religion The Gospel According to John Galt

A Critique of Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Religion The Gospel According to John Galt

Author: Dustin Byrd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Ayn Rand's philosophy has once again found an important part on the American political stage. With the rise of the Tea Party movement, her political and economic philosophy has infused the American public discourse with a new Libertarian vitality. Ironically, many of her new followers identify themselves as committed Christians, a prospect that Rand herself would have rejected. This book critically reviews Rand's secular-atheist philosophy of religion, which includes her theory of altruism, collectivism, and statism, and asks the questions: How did Ayn Rand become conservative Christians' favorite atheist?; Can Christianity, or any other prophetic religion, be reconciled with her philosophy of greed, selfishness, and capitalism?; Can one be both a Christian and a dedicated follower of Ayn Rand?; Can one appropriate her political and economic philosophy while rejecting her radical atheism and anti-religious stance?

A Companion to Homo Abyssus

A Companion to Homo Abyssus

Author: D.C. Schindler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

Ferdinand Ulrich's Homo Abyssus: The Drama of the Question of Being (Humanum, 2018), originally published in 1961, is one of the most groundbreaking works in Christian metaphysics from the 20th Century. But it is also a difficult book, posing unique challenges to the new reader because of its particular vocabulary, its unusual approach to traditional themes, and the philosophical background that it takes for granted. A Companion to Homo Abyssus is intended to offer readers initial assistance entering into the text and navigating their way once there. Rather than commenting on the text page by page, this book includes five relatively brief essays on basic themes in the original volume and a simplified digest of the work's arguments as they appear in each section. Moreover, it provides a translation of a paper Ulrich delivered just after publishing Homo Abyssus, in which he presents the essential argument of that work in a more concise scope. A Companion to Homo Abyssus will be indispensable to those who are encountering Ulrich's challenging but profoundly rewarding book for the first time, and beneficial for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the book's broader implications.