By D. Z. Phillips
D.Z. Phillips argues that intellectuals needn't see their activity as being for or opposed to faith, yet as one in all realizing it. What stands within the approach of this activity is bound methodological assumptions approximately what inquiry into faith needs to be. starting with Bernard Williams on Greek gods, Phillips is going directly to research those assumptions within the paintings of Hume, Feurerbach, Marx, Frazer, Tylor, Marett, Freud, Durkheim, Lévy-Bruhl, Berger and Winch. the end result exposes confusion, but additionally offers logical house to non secular trust and indicates how the educational research of faith may well go back to the contemplative activity of doing conceptual justice to the area. faith and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation extends in vital methods D.Z. Phillips' seminal 1976 booklet faith with out rationalization. it will likely be of curiosity to students and scholars of philosophy, anthropology, sociology and theology.
Read Online or Download Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation PDF
Best christianity books
American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on regimen enterprise, landed his aircraft in a distant Colombian village. Gunfire exploded in the course of the city and inside of mins Russell's 142 day ordeal had started. The Colombian cartel defined that this was once a kidnapping for ransom and that he will be held until eventually cost used to be made.
Who may the Saviour must be, what might the Saviour need to do to rescue humans from the meaning-destroying reports in their lives? This booklet deals a scientific Christology that's right now biblical and philosophical. beginning with human radical vulnerability to horrors akin to everlasting ache, sadistic abuse or genocide, it develops what has to be real approximately Christ if he's the horror-defeater who eventually resolves all of the difficulties affecting the human situation and Divine-human family members.
How is it that Christian religion should be acknowledged to be based on cause and whilst to go beyond cause? at the one hand, the concordance of religion with cause seems to minimize religion to rational pondering and to average human adventure; however, the adaptation among religion and cause turns out to make trust unreasonable and arbitrary.
Does heaven exist? if that is so, what's it like? and the way does one get in? all through heritage, painters, poets, philosophers, pastors, and plenty of traditional humans have reflected those questions. maybe no different subject captures the preferred mind's eye relatively like heaven. Gary Scott Smith examines how american citizens from the Puritans to the current have imagined heaven.
- A New History of the Sermon: the Nineteenth Century
- Augustine: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
- The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz: (Library of Philosophy and Religion)
- Contra Marcellum: Marcellus of Ancyra and Fourth-Century Theology
Extra info for Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation
But when someone says, `There is a box in the room', `The box is red', or `Thou art God', he is not saying anything about the meaning of concepts, but is saying what is in the room, describing the colour of a box, and responding to God in a confession. Harvey asks ®ve questions about conceptual frameworks or grids. If we ask these same questions of concept-formation instead, I think we'll ®nd that discussing them advances further our understanding of the sense in which philosophy is concerned with the life of our concepts.
These are sometimes called grids or frameworks, and the dif®culty is that they, too, are often regarded as interpretations, or ways in which we organise our experience, so giving rise to our familiar dif®culties. For those who think in this way, science will be said to be one such grid or framework, and religion will be said to be another. All our relations to the world, on this view, will be said to be scheme-bound. Once a multiplicity of frameworks or grids is admitted, it may seem as though the issue of the truth or falsity, adequacy or inadequacy, of a particular framework or grid is bound to arise.
See Peter Winch, `Darwin and Contradiction' in Trying to Make Sense, Oxford: Blackwell 1987. See Edmund Gosse, Father and Son, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books 1970. Concept-formation 21 see Genesis in competition with science, and do not think, for example, that a scienti®c explanation of the dawn con¯icts with seeing the dawn as God's gift of a day. Winch's point about the particularity of the contradictions does not deny that more general tensions may exist between science and religion in a culture.