Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

By Fergus Kerr

Thomas Aquinas is among the giants of medieval philosophy, a philosopher who had--and who nonetheless has--a profound impact on Western idea. Aquinas used to be a debatable determine in his time who used to be usually engaged in fierce theological debates. He was once the most important classical proponent of ordinary theology, and the daddy of the Thomistic tuition of philosophy and theology. This Very brief creation will examine Aquinas in a historic context, and discover the Church and tradition into which Aquinas was once born. it is going to think of Aquinas as thinker and theologian, and may examine the connection among philosophy and faith within the 13th century. Fergus Kerr, during this enticing and informative creation, makes the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas's maximum unmarried paintings, obtainable to new readers. He additionally sheds worthy gentle at the significance of Thomas Aquinas nowa days, exhibiting why Aquinas issues now, illustrating the numerous position that the writings of Aquinas play in modern debate.

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The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

By Terryl Givens, Fiona Givens

Analyzing this ebook is like experiencing Mormonism in excessive definition. no matter if you recognize much or a bit approximately Latter-day Saint doctrine, this ebook will either train and encourage you. - David E. Campbell, writer of yank Grace: How faith Divides and Unites us.

a piece of theological mirrored image that has a lot to provide intellectually and morally critical women and men of each spiritual persuasion. - Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton

a chic meditation at the uncomplicated tenets of the Mormon religion written with precision and poetry. The Givens' literary and non secular references are surprisingly wealthy and sundry, with prose now and then pressing or even hovering. - Helen Whitney, manufacturer of The Mormons and religion and Doubt at floor 0.

within the Givens' masterful palms, the Mormom view of God comes alive in clean and hard methods. Mainstream Christians have a lot to benefit from Mormonism, and this ebook is where to begin. - Stephen H. Webb, writer of Jesus Christ, everlasting God

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Bonaventure (Great Medieval Thinkers)

By Christopher M. Cullen

The good Franciscan theologian St. Bonaventure (c.1217-74) engaged in philosophy in addition to theology, and the relation among the 2 in Bonaventure's paintings has lengthy been debated. but, few reports were dedicated to Bonaventure's concept as a complete. during this survey, Christopher M. Cullen finds Bonaventure as a superb synthesizer, whose procedure of idea bridged the distance among theology and philosophy.

The publication is prepared in line with the types of Bonaventure's personal vintage textual content, De reductione artium advert theologiam. Cullen follows Bonaventure's personal department of the branches of philosophy and theology, reading them as separate yet similar entities. He indicates that Bonaventure was once a scholastic, whose mysticism used to be grounded in systematic theological and philosophical reasoning. He provides a clean and nuanced standpoint on Bonaventure's debt to Augustine, whereas clarifying Aristotle's impression. Cullen additionally places Bonaventure's rules in context of his time and position, contributing considerably to our realizing of the medieval world.

This available advent presents a much-needed evaluation of Bonaventure's inspiration. Cullen bargains a transparent and infrequent studying of "Bonaventurianism" in and for itself, with no the problems of critique and comparability. This booklet delivers to turn into a customary textual content on Bonaventure, beneficial for college students and students of philosophy, theology, medieval stories, and the historical past of Christianity.

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The "Dead Sea Scrolls": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

Since they have been first stumbled on within the caves at Qumran in 1947, the useless Sea Scrolls have aroused extra fascination--and extra controversy--than might be the other archaeological locate. they seem to were hidden within the Judean wilderness by means of the Essenes, a Jewish sect that existed round the time of Jesus, and so they proceed to motivate veneration and conspiracy theories to at the present time. John Collins tells the tale of the sour conflicts that experience swirled round the scrolls for the reason that their startling discovery, and sheds mild on their precise value for Jewish and Christian heritage.

Collins vividly recounts how a Bedouin shepherd went trying to find a misplaced goat and located the scrolls as an alternative. He bargains perception into debates over no matter if the Essenes have been an real Jewish sect and explains why such questions are severe to our figuring out of historic Judaism and to Jewish identification. Collins explores no matter if the scrolls have been certainly the valuables of an remoted, quasi-monastic group dwelling at Qumran, or whether or not they extra greatly replicate the Judaism in their time. And he unravels the impassioned disputes surrounding the scrolls and Christianity. Do they expect the early church? Do they undermine the credibility of the Christian religion? Collins additionally seems to be at makes an attempt to "reclaim" the scrolls for Judaism after the entire corpus grew to become on hand within the Nineties, and at how the decades-long hold up in publishing the scrolls gave upward push to sensational claims and conspiracy theories.

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What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

By Kevin DeYoung

In this well timed publication, award-winning writer Kevin DeYoung demanding situations each one of us—the skeptic and the seeker, the convinced and the confused—to take a humble examine God’s note in regards to the factor of homosexuality.

After reading key biblical passages in either the previous and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching educating relating to sexuality, DeYoung responds to renowned objections raised through Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an vital source for considering via essentially the most urgent problems with our day.

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The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology

By William Lane Craig

With the aid of in-depth essays from many of the world's prime philosophers, The Blackwell Companion to traditional Theology explores the character and life of God via human cause and proof from the wildlife.

  • Provides in-depth and state of the art remedy of common theology's major arguments
  • Includes contributions from satisfactory philosophers renowned for his or her paintings at the suitable topics
  • Updates suitable arguments in gentle of the most up-tp-date, state of the art philosophical and clinical discussions
  • Stands in necessary distinction and competition to the arguments of the 'new atheists'

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Immanent Transcendence: Reconfiguring Materialism in Continental Philosophy (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy)

By Patrice Haynes

During the last two decades materialist thinkers within the continental culture have more and more emphasised the class of immanence. but the flip to immanence has now not intended the wholesale rejection of the concept that of transcendence, yet quite its reconfiguration in immanent or materialist phrases: an immanent transcendence. via an engagement with the paintings of Deleuze, Irigaray and Adorno, Patrice Haynes examines how the proposal of immanent transcendence can assist articulate a non-reductive materialism through which to reconsider politics, ethics and theology in interesting new methods. although, she argues that opposite to what a few may well count on, immanent debts of topic and transcendence are finally not able to do justice to fabric finitude. certainly, Haynes concludes by way of suggesting theistic knowing of divine transcendence deals how you can verify totally material
immanence, therefore pointing in the direction of the belief of a theological materialism.

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The Case for God

By Karen Armstrong

A nuanced exploration of the half that faith performs in human lifestyles, drawing at the insights of the previous with the intention to construct a religion that speaks to the desires of our dangerously polarized age.
 
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the current, Karen Armstrong info the nice lengths to which humankind has long past so as to adventure a sacred fact that it referred to as by means of many names, reminiscent of God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing specifically on Christianity yet together with Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and chinese language spiritualities, Armstrong examines the lowered impulse towards faith in our personal time, while an important variety of humans both wish not anything to do with God or query the efficacy of religion. Why has God turn into incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now imagine and talk about God in a manner that veers so profoundly from the deliberating our ancestors?

Answering those questions with a similar intensity of data and profound perception that experience marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes transparent how the altering face of the realm has inevitably replaced the significance of faith at either the societal and the person level.  but she cautions us that faith used to be by no means imagined to offer solutions that lie in the competence of human cause; that, she says, is the function of logos. the duty of faith is “to aid us dwell creatively, peacefully, or even joyously with realities for which there aren't any effortless explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that faith won't paintings immediately. it's, she says, a realistic self-discipline: its insights are derived now not from summary hypothesis yet from “dedicated highbrow undertaking” and a “compassionate way of life that permits us to wreck out of the prism of selfhood.”

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Ennead VI.1-5 (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 445)

By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited via 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 similar considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few impacts from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used significantly. he's a special blend of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His idea ruled later Greek philosophy and encouraged either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive this day due to its union of rationality and excessive non secular event.

In his acclaimed version of Plotinus, Armstrong offers first-class introductions to every treatise. His useful notes clarify vague passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

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Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP))

By Jean-Luc Nancy

Adoration is the second one quantity of the Deconstruction of Christianity, following Dis-Enclosure. the 1st quantity tried to illustrate why it will be important to open cause up to not a spiritual size yet to 1 transcending cause as we've been acquainted with realizing it; the time period "adoration" makes an attempt to call the gesture of this dis-enclosed cause.

Adoration factors us to obtain lack of awareness as fact: no longer a feigned lack of understanding, possibly now not even a "nonknowledge," not anything that might try to justify the unfavorable back, however the uncomplicated, bare fact that there's not anything within the position of God, simply because there is not any position for God. the skin of the realm opens us in the course of the area, and there's no first or ultimate position. every one people is without delay the 1st and the final. each, each one identify. And our lack of information is made worse by way of the truth that we don't be aware of even if we should identify this universal and singular estate of all names. We needs to stay during this suspense, hesitating among and stammering in quite a few attainable languages, finally studying to talk anew.

In this booklet, Jean-Luc Nancy is going past his past old and philosophical inspiration and attempts to think-or at the least crack open a bit to thinking-a stance or bearing that would be appropriate to the retreat of God that effects from the self-deconstruction of Christianity. Adoration could be a demeanour, a mode of spirit for our time, a time whilst the "spiritual" turns out to became so absent, so dry, so adulterated.

The booklet is a massive contribution to the $64000 strand of makes an attempt to imagine a "post-secular" state of affairs of religion.

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