The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

By Peter Rollins

Theological firebrand Peter Rollins asserts that mainstream Christianity reduces God to an idol, made in our personal photo, for the aim of supplying simple task and satisfaction.

You can’t be chuffed. lifestyles is hard. You don’t comprehend the secret.

Whether readers are religious believers or far-off seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we needs to lay down our certainties and truthfully admit our doubts to spot with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist walk in the park to be able to open readers as much as a extra loving, energetic manifestation of Christ’s love.

In distinction to the standard realizing of the “Good information” as a message providing delight and walk in the park, Rollins argues for an intensive and shattering substitute. He explores how the excellent news truly consists of embracing the concept that we can’t be entire, that lifestyles is tough, and that we're at nighttime. exhibiting how God has frequently been approached as a product that would render us whole, get rid of our pain, and display the solutions, he introduces an incendiary method of religion that invitations us to joyfully include our brokenness, resolutely face our unknowing, and courageously settle for the problems of life. merely then, he argues, do we actually rob demise of its sting and input into the fullness of lifestyles.

Show description

Continue reading →

The Devil's Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition (Studies in Lutheran History and Theology)

Author note: Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth [Editor]
-----------------

Martin Luther's disdain for philosophy is widely known, and the Lutheran culture has been cautious of its constructs. but the culture additionally contains philosophical giants—from Melanchthon to Kierkegaard to Nietzsche. This quantity assumes that such skepticism approximately cause really unfolded new methods of doing and seeing philosophy.

Show description

Continue reading →

Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme

By Martin Jay

Few phrases in either daily parlance and theoretical discourse were as rhapsodically defended or as fervently resisted as "experience." but, so far, there were no accomplished reports of the way the idea that of expertise has developed through the years and why such a lot of thinkers in such a lot of diversified traditions were pressured to appreciate it. Songs of expertise is a amazing background of Western principles concerning the nature of human adventure written through considered one of our best-known highbrow historians. With its sweeping ancient achieve and lucid comparative analysis—qualities that experience made Martin Jay's prior books so exact and so successful—Songs of expertise explores Western discourse from the 16th century to the current, asking why the concept that of expertise has been any such magnet for controversy. Resisting any unmarried overarching narrative, Jay discovers subject matters and styles that go beyond contributors and specific colleges of suggestion and light up the complete spectrum of highbrow history.

As he explores the manifold contexts for figuring out experience—epistemological, spiritual, aesthetic, political, and historical—Jay engages an extremely large diversity of eu and American traditions and thinkers from the yankee pragmatists and British Marxist humanists to the Frankfurt college and the French poststructuralists, and he delves into the idea of person philosophers in addition, together with Montaigne, Bacon, Locke, Hume and Kant, Oakeshott, Collingwood, and Ankersmit. Provocative, attractive, erudite, this key paintings might be a vital resource for an individual who joins the continuing debate in regards to the fabric, linguistic, cultural, and theoretical that means of "experience" in smooth cultures.

Show description

Continue reading →

The Call to Radical Theology (SUNY Series in Theology and Continental Thought)

By Thomas J.J. Altizer

The main death-of-God theologian explores the which means and objective of radical theology. within the name to Radical Theology, Thomas J. J. Altizer meditates at the nature of radical theology and calls readers to adopt the vocation of radical theology as a manner of residing a completely tested existence. In fourteen essays, he explores how the demise of God in modernity and the dissolution of divine authority have freed theology to develop into a method of final mirrored image and artistic inquiry now not sure by means of church sanction or doctrinal strictures. Revealing a wealth of important versions for doing radical theological pondering, Altizer discusses the paintings of philosophers similar to Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marion, Derrida, and Levinas, between others. assets also are present in the paintings of ingenious writers, specifically Milton, Blake, and Joyce. within the spirit of Joyce’s right here Comes each person, Altizer is confident that theology is for everybody and that everybody has the authority to do theology authentically. An creation by means of Lissa McCullough and foreword via David E. Klemm support orient the reader to Altizer’s designated knowing of the function of theology after the demise of God. Thomas J. J. Altizer is Professor Emeritus of spiritual stories at Stony Brook college, kingdom collage of recent York. he's the writer of many books, together with dwelling the dying of God: A Theological Memoir, additionally released by way of SUNY Press. Lissa McCullough is an self reliant pupil and coeditor (with Brian Schroeder) of considering throughout the loss of life of God: A serious better half to Thomas J. J. Altizer, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.

Show description

Continue reading →

Love, Reason, and Will: Kierkegaard After Frankfurt

Love, cause, and should: Kierkegaard After Frankfurt introduces and investigates issues universal to Harry G. Frankfurt and Søren Kierkegaard, focusing rather on their knowing of affection. numerous unusual participants argue that Kierkegaard's insights approximately love, volition, and id might help us to judge features of Frankfurt's recognized arguments approximately love and being concerned; equally, Frankfurt's analyses of the higher-order will, valuing, and self-love aid make clear subject matters in Kierkegaard's Works of affection and different books.

By bringing those key thinkers into dialog with one another, we could glean a brand new figuring out of the constitution of affection, purposes for romance or deriving from loving, and extra generally, the crucial moral questions of "how to reside" and to improve an real id and significant existence.

Love, cause, and should will attract readers attracted to the philosophy of motion and feelings, continental proposal (especially within the existential tradition), the learn of personality in psychology, and theological paintings on neighbor-love and virtues.

Show description

Continue reading →

Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It

By Martin Olson, Tony Millionaire, Mahendra Singh

A journey de strength of darkness, Encyclopaedia of Hell is a handbook of Earth written by means of Lord devil for his invading hordes of demons, entire with thousands of disagreeable illustrations, diagrams, and a accomplished and completely repulsive dictionary of Earth terms.

Since the customs and mores of humanity are alien and unattainable to demons, devil wrote this unusually poetic army instruction manual for the enlightenment and edification of his demon armies. A masterpiece expressing Satan's hatred for humanity and himself, the Encyclopaedia contains "Techniques of Stalking and consuming Humans," "Methods of Canning Human Pus," and "Dicing and cutting Orphaned Children."

Why the invasion? over the past century particularly, Hell has turn into heavily overcrowded. devil wishes extra land mass for the damned and to take advantage of the human cattle to feed his hungry demon invaders.

Since this booklet is the 666th commemorative version, this Encyclopaedia comprises specified commemorative material.

Martin Olson's savage wit presents the firepower for a preposterous literary feat unaccomplished considering the fact that Mark Twain passed—channeling the true voice of devil. over the last fifteen years, Olson has written and produced 9 comedy specials, inflicted at the population through CBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and A&E.

Show description

Continue reading →

Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth

By Burton L. Mack

The Making of the Christian Myth

Commencing in mid February 2004, SBS television (Australia) will run a two–part documentary according to this title.

In this groundbreaking and arguable booklet, Burton Mack brilliantly exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created via varied groups for numerous reasons and are just distantly with regards to the particular old Jesus.

Mack‘s cutting edge scholarship which boldly demanding situations conventional Christian figuring out‘ will switch how you technique the recent testomony and look at how Christianity arose.

The readability of Mack‘s prose and the clever pursuit of his topic make compelling interpreting. Mack‘s research of many of the teams and strands of the early Christian group out of which have been generated the texts of Christianity‘s first anthology of spiritual literature and is sensible of a subject matter that has been confusing.

Show description

Continue reading →

Ennead V (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 444)

By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) used to be the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited by means of his disciple Porphyry, who released them a long time after his master's dying in six units of 9 treatises every one (the Enneads).

Plotinus appeared Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily comparable considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few impacts from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used seriously. he's a distinct mixture of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His concept ruled later Greek philosophy and encouraged either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive at the present time due to its union of rationality and severe non secular adventure.

In his acclaimed variation of Plotinus, Armstrong offers very good introductions to every treatise. His beneficial notes clarify imprecise passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

Show description

Continue reading →

Theology for Beginners

By F. J. Sheed

Theology for novices is without doubt one of the most eminent shows of the crucial doctrines of the Christian religion ever penned. After exhibiting how God is Spirit, the writer examines God’s infinity and man’s construction from not anything, after which strikes directly to the Trinity, the autumn, the Incarnation and Redemption, the paranormal physique, Grace and the Sacraments, and the final issues. For these to whom those doctrines as soon as appeared ambitious, Sheed's is a clean voice of lucid and thoroughly reasoned prose. To learn Theology for newbies is to have one’s brain woke up to the non secular realities on the heart of human lifestyles.

Show description

Continue reading →

Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths (Religion in America)

By Gerald R. McDermott

It is a examine of the way American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) battled deist arguments approximately revelation and God's equity to non-Christians. writer Gerald McDermott argues that Edwards used to be getting ready sooner than his loss of life a cosmopolitan theological reaction to Enlightenment faith that was once unheard of within the eighteenth century and strangely beneficiant towards non-Christian traditions.

Show description

Continue reading →