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Divine Perfection and Human Potentiality

By Jarred A. Mercer
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The place of Hilary of Poitiers in the debates and developments of early Christianity is tenuous in contemporary scholarship. His invaluable historical position is unquestioned, but the coherence and significance of his own thought is less certain. In this book, Jarred A. Mercer makes a case for understanding Hilary not only as an important historical figure, but as a noteworthy and independent thinker. Divine Perfection and Human Potentiality offers a new paradigm for understanding Hilary's work De Trinitate. The book contends that in all of Hilary's polemical and constructive argumentation, which is essentially trinitarian, he is inherently developing an anthropology. The work therefore reinterprets Hilary's overall theological project in terms of the continual, and for him necessary, anthropological corollary of trinitarian theology- to reframe it in terms of a "trinitarian anthropology." The coherence of Hilary's work depends upon this framework, and without it his thought continues to elude his readers. Mercer demonstrates this through following Hilary's main lines of trinitarian argument, out of which flow his anthropological vision. These trinitarian arguments unfold into a progressive picture of humanity from potentiality to perfection.

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What is the philosophy of religion? How can we distinguish it from theology on the one hand and the psychology/sociology of religious belief on the other? What does it mean to describe God as 'eternal'? And should religious people want there to be good arguments for the existence of God, or is religious belief only authentic in the absence of these good arguments? In this Very Short Introduction Tim Bayne introduces the field of philosophy of religion, and engages with some of the most burning questions that philosophers discuss. Considering how 'religion' should be defined, and whether we even need to be able to define it in order to engage in the philosophy of religion, he goes on to discuss whether the existence of God matters. Exploring the problem of evil, Bayne also debates the connection between faith and reason, and the related question of what role reason should play in religious contexts. Shedding light on the relationship between science and religion, Bayne finishes by considering the topics of reincarnation and the afterlife. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The End of the Timeless God

By R. T. Mullins
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0191071455
  • Pages : 264
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 781
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The claim that God is timeless has been the majority view throughout church history. However, it is not obvious that divine timelessness is compatible with fundamental Christian doctrines such as creation and incarnation. Theologians have long been aware of the conflict between divine timelessness and Christian doctrine, and various solutions to these conflicts have been developed. In contemporary thought, it is widely agreed that new theories on the nature of time can further help solve these conflicts. Do these solutions actually solve the conflict? Can the Christian God be timeless? The End of the Timeless God sets forth a thorough investigation into the Christian understanding of God and the God-world relationship. It argues that the Christian God cannot be timeless.

Praanas, Divine-Links, & Auras Volume I: The Internal Cosmic Energy System and the Internal Spirituality of the Individuals

By Ashok Kumar Datta
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  • Publisher : Strategic Book Publishing
  • Isbn : 1618979558
  • Pages : 480
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 299
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Quote Book: Scientific Secrets of Jainism; Author: Jain monk, shri Nandighoshvijay ji Gani: ..".extrasensory perceptions of shri Ashok Kumar Dutt also prove that sound is in the form of particles. ...As I went on reading shri Dutt's article on his extrasensory perceptions, my faith in Jain philosophy became stronger and stronger. ... Therefore, the power of direct experience of the colour of sound attained by shri Ashok Kumar Dutt, must be some special type of labdhi (attainment)." Unquote This treatise will reveal subtle secrets regarding subtle-elements, which pertain to breathing system (Praanaayaama), human speech (Mantras) and the external environment (Vaastu-Science). The subtle-elements comprise subtle phenomena and the related spiritual, cosmic, semi-cosmic and semi-gross objects, processes and systems. Therefore, this spiritual knowledge will ensure healthy ecology; high spiritual elevation and high quality of life on the earth (i.e. sound health, prosperity and happiness). It may also commence a spiritual movement globally, which will effectively prevent global warming. The Indian cosmic philosophy, which pertains to internal and external environments, is termed as Darshana-Shaastra. This term reveals a secret regarding the Rishis of the Vedic era that they used to envision subtle phenomena through their cosmic powers. Subsequently, they developed applicable rules regarding Praanaayaama, Sanskrit grammar, Mantras and Vaastu-Science. However, the spiritual-knowledge regarding the subtle elements was lost along with them. The author has 'rediscovered the lost divine-knowledge' through his cosmic powers and the clarifications from his spiritual guides. They are astral beings now, because they were renowned Rishis of the Vedic era. One of them assumed 'human-form' to bless him with cosmic powers. This book is based on the extrasensory perceptions of the author. Volume-I: Extrasensory perceptions, spiritual guides, cosmic powers, and predictions of the author; fundamental principles regarding subtle elements and internal cosmic energy system; Praanaayaama; cosmic colours of static aura; dynamic aura of speech (semi-cosmic colours of sound), a subtle basis of the Sanskrit grammar, tables of Sanskrit Alphabets and Mantras (the divine words); etc. Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/AshokKumarDatta

Transcendence and Non-Naturalism in Early Chinese Thought

By Alexus McLeod,Joshua R. Brown
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350082546
  • Pages : 257
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 134
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Contemporary scholars of Chinese philosophy often presuppose that early China possessed a naturalistic worldview, devoid of any non-natural concepts, such as transcendence. Challenging this presupposition head-on, Joshua R. Brown and Alexus McLeod argue that non-naturalism and transcendence have a robust and significant place in early Chinese thought. This book reveals that non-naturalist positions can be found in early Chinese texts, in topics including conceptions of the divine, cosmogony, and apophatic philosophy. Moreover, by closely examining a range of early Chinese texts, and providing comparative readings of a number of Western texts and thinkers, the book offers a way of reading early Chinese Philosophy as consistent with the religious philosophy of the East and West, including the Abrahamic and the Brahmanistic religions. Co-written by a philosopher and theologian, this book draws out unique insights into early Chinese thought, highlighting in particular new ways to consider a range of Chinese concepts, including tian, dao, li, and you/wu.

Medieval Philosophy

By Bruce Foltz
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1472580419
  • Pages : 736
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 482
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Medieval Philosophy: A Multicultural Reader comprises a comparative, multicultural reading of the four main traditions of the medieval period with extensive sections on Greek-Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, and Islamic traditions. The book also includes an initial 'Predecessors' section, presenting readings (with introductions) from figures of antiquity upon whom all four traditions have drawn. Representative readings from each of the four great traditions are presented chronologically in four different tracks, along with engaging and accessible introductions to the traditions themselves, as well as each individual thinker-all selected and presented by noted scholars within each respective tradition. This groundbreaking collection: -Offers readings from early thinkers that contextualize the medieval traditions. -Presents, for the first time, extensive readings from the Byzantine Christian tradition that has wielded an important cultural influence from Russia and the Balkans to the Middle East and Northern Africa. -Chooses and interprets texts that are integrally important within each of these four traditions–living traditions that continue to shape values and beliefs today–rather than seen from an external point of view, such as that of a later school of philosophy. -Juxtaposes extensive readings from poetic and mystical elements within these traditions alongside the usual, often more analytical readings. -Features a timeline of the entire period, a map indicating the locations associated with philosophers included in this volume, an annotated guide to further reading on each of these traditions, and an index of names and of subjects that appear in the volume. Given its relevance for approaching the medieval world on its own terms, as well as for understanding the foundations of our own world, the volume is intended not only as an academic textbook and reference work, but as a readable and informative guide for the general reader who wishes to understand these great philosophical and religious traditions that continue to influence our world today-or perhaps to simply glean the wisdom from these enduring texts. This is a culturally inclusive title, which seeks to provide the reader with a rich, varied and comprehensive insight into the entirety of the medieval philosophical world.

The Incarnation

By Stephen T. Davis,Daniel Kendall SJ,Gerald O'Collins SJ
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Isbn : 0191530204
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 352
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This interdisciplinary study follows an international and ecumenical meeting of twenty-four scholars held in New York at Easter 2000: the Incarnation Summit. After an opening chapter, which summarizes and evaluates twelve major questions concerning the Incarnation, five chapters are dedicated to the biblical roots of this central Christian doctrine. A patristic and medieval section corrects misinterpretations and retrieves for today the significance of the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) and its aftermath, as well as clarifying Aquinas' enduring metaphysical interpretation of the Incarnation. The volume then moves to theological and philosophical debates: three scholars take up such systematic issues as belief in the Incarnation, the self-emptying that it involves, and its compatibility with divine timelessness. The remaining four essays consider the place of the doctrine of the Incarnation in literature, ethics, art, and preaching. There is a fruitful dialogue between experts in a wide range of areas and the international reputation of the participants reflects and guarantees the high quality of this joint work. The result is a well researched, skilfully argued, and, at times, provocative volume on the central Christian belief: the Incarnation of the Son of God.

The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

By Torstein Tollefsen
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Isbn : 0191608068
  • Pages : 254
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 675
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St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662), was a major Byzantine thinker, a theologian and philosopher. He developed a philosophical theology in which the doctrine of God, creation, the cosmic order, and salvation is integrated in a unified conception of reality. Christ, the divine Logos, is the centre of the principles (the logoi ) according to which the cosmos is created, and in accordance with which it shall convert to its divine source. Torstein Tollefsen treats Maximus' thought from a philosophical point of view, and discusses similar thought patterns in pagan Neoplatonism. The study focuses on Maximus' doctrine of creation, in which he denies the possibility of eternal coexistence of uncreated divinity and created and limited being. Tollefsen shows that by the logoi God institutes an ordered cosmos in which separate entities of different species are ontologically interrelated, with man as the centre of the created world. The book also investigates Maximus' teaching of God's activities or energies, and shows how participation in these energies is conceived according to the divine principles of the logoi. An extensive discussion of the complex topic of participation is provided.

Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages

By T. M. Rudavsky
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0192557653
  • Pages : 344
  • Category : Philosophy
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T. M. Rudavsky presents a new account of the development of Jewish philosophy from the tenth century to Spinoza in the seventeenth, viewed as part of an ongoing dialogue with medieval Christian and Islamic thought. Her aim is to provide a broad historical survey of major figures and schools within the medieval Jewish tradition, focusing on the tensions between Judaism and rational thought. This is reflected in particular philosophical controversies across a wide range of issues in metaphysics, language, cosmology, and philosophical theology. The book illuminates our understanding of medieval thought by offering a much richer view of the Jewish philosophical tradition, informed by the considerable recent research that has been done in this area.

Interpretations of Peace in History and Culture

By W. Dietrich
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 0230367712
  • Pages : 329
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 197
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This is the first volume in the trilogy 'Many Peaces' on transrational peace and elicitive conflict transformation. It proposes an innovative analysis of peace interpretations in global history and contemporary cultures of peace, the so-called five families of energetic, moral, modern, post-modern, and transrational.