Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion

Author: Peter Byrne
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135979847
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This study offers students of religion and philosophy introductory chapters concerning the concept of natural religion. It holds that we can’t engage in useful discussion about the present concept of religion without a knowledge of the philosophical history that has shaped that concept. This is discussed with reference to the notion of natural religion to illustrate certain aspects of deism and its legacy. Originally published in 1989.

Invocation and Assent

Author: Jason E. Vickers
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802862691
Format: PDF
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The adoption of a new rule of faith in the seventeenth century significantly changed the way English-speaking Protestants perceive the doctrine of the Trinity. Having been the proper personal name by which Christians came to know and love their God, the Trinity became primarily a rational construct and as such no longer clearly mattered for salvation. In Invocation and Assent Jason Vickers charts this crucial theological shift, illuminating the origins of indifference to the Trinity found in many quarters of Christianity today.

Like Parchment in the Fire

Author: Prasanta Chakravarty
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135511195
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This book examines the literary, religious, and political aspects of the radical movements and various sects of the English Civil War. Featuring a chapter on John Milton, this book also addresses the legal problems that engaged the early modern radical reformers, the issue of radical religion as a negotiating tool and the limits of radical liberal thought.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy Cabanis Destutt de Tracy

Author: Donald M. Borchert
Publisher: Thomson Gale/MacMillan Reference USA
ISBN: 9780028657820
Format: PDF
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Containing material from hundreds of highly distinguished contributors representing the world's top universities and institutions, the second edition has a truly global perspective. It contains more than 2,100 entries -- including more than 450 new articles. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more. Additionally, the second edition also features 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.

Saving and Secular Faith

Author: Brian Albert Gerrish
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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What does it mean to live by faith? Answers are more elusive than ever. Beginning with a rich discussion of the Reformation legacy, historian-theologian B.A. Gerrish responds that if we release our thinking from sectarian, partisan lenses, we find that faith denotes a multitude of impulses—trust, doubt, fidelity, and confidence—and is a fundamental human posture. It undergirds not only "saving" faith but also "secular" varieties in other religious traditions—and even outside religions. We all literally live by faith in every phase of our lives. Gerrish's prolegomenon to theology goes on to ask what then is the use of belief? How, in fact, do we come to faith? And how are religious and secular faith related, especially in relation to Jesus Christ? Gerrish opens up the notion of faith to encompass the "discovery of personal meaning in one's existence" and the theological drive to articulate the deepest drives of the human self.

Jacques der Fatalist und sein Herr

Author: Denis Diderot
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3954558777
Format: PDF, ePub
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Wie die meisten literarischen Werke des französischen Aufklärers Denis Diderot konnte auch dieser philosophische Dialogroman über das Herr-Knecht-Verhältnis erst nach dem Tod des Autors erscheinen: Während einer nicht näher beschriebenen Reise unterhalten sich der Diener Jacques und sein adliger Herr. Beide verkörpern diametral entgegengesetzte Geisteshaltungen. Während der agile und interessierte Diener ein Fatalist ist, der sein Lebenschicksal als von Gott vorgezeichnet akzeptiert, glaubt ausgerechnet sein träger und gelangweilter Herr an die Freiheit des Willens, nutzt sie aber aus Desinteresse nicht.

Radikalaufkl rung

Author: Jonathan I. Israel
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518798103
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Seit einem Jahrzehnt gibt es eine intensive Forschung zur »Radikalaufklärung« – dem atheistischen, skeptischen und materialistischen Flügel des Denkens im späten 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Vor allem Jonathan Israel hat für die aufregende These argumentiert, dass diese radikalen Aufklärer verantwortlich sind für die Errungenschaften der Moderne, für Freiheit und Menschenrechte, Gleichheit und Toleranz, und dass der Spinozismus eine zentrale Rolle bei deren Durchsetzung gespielt hat. In diesem Band setzen sich acht führende nationale und internationale Experten mit Israels These auseinander und zeigen die Vielfalt und Deutungen der Radikalaufklärung auf. Mit Beiträgen von Silvia Berti, Wiep van Bunge, Margaret C. Jacob, Anthony McKenna u. a.