God, Religion and Reality

Author: Stephen R. L. Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781621382959

Category: Religion

Page: 198

View: 1586


"In this engaging study Professor Clark sets out to show that there are good philosophical reasons for theism, and Christian theism in particular. He travels the breadth of our intellectual engagement with the world, from ethics to scientific knowledge, and his journey is vigorously argued, fresh, lively and readable. He explores the assumptions which underpin our philosophical and everyday thinking alike, examines the construction of the arguments used to support them, and tests the sturdiness and the makeup of their props and foundations." --Cover.

Peirce and Religion

Knowledge, Transformation, and the Reality of God

Author: Roger Ward

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498531512

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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Charles Sanders Peirce developed a mature Christian faith under the influence of his father Benjamin Peirce and Frederic Dan Huntington, a teacher and pastor at Harvard. Peirce’s Christian self-understanding and concern shape the development of his philosophical logic as well as the development and refinement of pragmatism.

Religion and Nothingness

Author: Keiji Nishitani

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520049468

Category: History

Page: 317

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In Religion and Nothingness the leading representative of the Kyoto School of Philosophy lays the foundation of thought for a world in the making, for a world united beyond the differences of East and West. Keiji Nishitani notes the irreversible trend of Western civilization to nihilism, and singles out the conquest of nihilism as the task for contemporary philosophy. Nihility, or relative nothingness, can only be overcome by being radicalized to Emptiness, or absolute nothingness. Taking absolute nothingness as the fundamental notion in rational explanations of the Eastern experience of human life, Professor Nishitani examines the relevance of this notion for contemporary life, and in particular for Western philosophical theories and religious believes. Everywhere his basic intention remains the same: to direct our modern predicament to a resolution through this insight. The challenge that the thought of Keiji Nishitani presents to the West, as a modern version of an Eastern speculative tradition that is every bit as old and as variegated as our own, is one that brings into unity the principle of reality and the principle of salvation. In the process, one traditional Western idea after another comes under scrutiny: the dichotomy of faith and reason, of being and substance, the personal and transcendent notions of God, the exaggerated role given to the knowing ego, and even the Judeo-Christian view of history itself. Religion and Nothingness represents the major work of one of Japan's most powerful and committed philosophical minds.

God and the Chip

Religion and the Culture of Technology

Author: William A. Stahl

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 155458793X

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

View: 3263


Our ancestors saw the material world as alive, and they often personified nature. Today we claim to be realists. But in reality we are not paying attention to the symbols and myths hidden in technology. Beneath much of our talk about computers and the Internet, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit religion. By not acknowledging this mysticism, we have become critically short of ethical and intellectual resources with which to understand and confront changes brought on by technology.

Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality

Author: Paul Tillich

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022616067X

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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Dr. Tillich shows here that in spite of the contrast between philosophical and biblical language, it is neither necessary nor possible to separate them from each other. On the contrary, all the symbols used in biblical religion drive inescapably toward the philosophical quest for being. An important statement of a great theologian's position, this book presents an eloquent plea for the essential function of philosophy in religious thought.

Religion and Reality

An Exploration of Contemporary Metaphysical Systems, Theologies, and Religious Pluralism

Author: Darren Iammarino

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620322447

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 8764


This book argues for the reality of multiple religious ultimates rather than just one. This entails that all the religions are not the same; they describe different religious objects, and they each provide unique forms of salvation. The immediate advantage of this approach is that it explains how all religions are equally valid without glossing over the real differences that define them. Put differently, each religion has correctly identified a piece of the puzzle that makes up Ultimate Reality. There is, however, a limit to the plurality, and thus five distinct religious ultimates are identified: the Forms, God, A World, Creativity, and the Receptacle. One or two of these five ultimates are found within all of the world's religions, as evidenced by religious scriptures and religious experiences. Based upon these five religious ultimates, this book puts forth a novel philosophical and religious system: cosmosyntheism, a word emphasizing the likelihood that in the beginning, there was more than just God. Quite possibly, there may have been five ultimates, each sacred in its own way, none of which could have existed without the reality of the others.

The Unmaking of God

Author: William F. Nietmann

Publisher: University Press of Amer


Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 741


This book shows that the connections between philosophy and religion, especially Christianity, are illegitimate ones. The history of religious thinking has been created by philosophical reasoning. Breaking the grip of this thinking on religious life has an impact on thinking about God as well. To meet this challenge, the author reviews philosophy's history and its consequences for religious thinking. Then he turns to what authentic religious life involves. Nietmann asserts that philosophical dedication to objective truth forms a barricade to authentic religious life. In Part I, the author sketches a philosophical history in whose terms religious thinking developed. Part II recognizes the contemporary rejection, especially by continental philosophy, of traditional philosophical conceptualizations of reality and how it is known. Contents: Preface; Introduction; PART I: PHILOSOPHICAL OBJECTIVITY AND ITS RELIGIOUS IMPACT; God and Reality; Religious Experience; The Humanization of Religion; Timely Religion; PART II: THE EXISTING INDIVIDUAL AND RELIGION; The Logic of Being a Subject; Religious Language; ConclusionóThe Dwelling That Words Among Us; Index.

Realism and Christian Faith

God, Grammar, and Meaning

Author: Andrew Moore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521524155

Category: Philosophy

Page: 269

View: 1118


This book is a discussion of a conception of realism in which God's independent reality is shown through Christ.