By Charles T. Mathewes
Evil and the Augustinian culture explores the "family biography" of the Augustinian culture by way of Augustine's paintings and its improvement within the writings of Hannah Arendt and Reinhold Niebuhr. Mathewes argues that the Augustinian culture bargains us a robust, notwithstanding in most cases misconstrued, concept for knowing and responding to evil's demanding situations. The booklet casts new mild on Augustine, Niebuhr, and Arendt, in addition to at the challenge of evil, the character of culture, and the position of theological and moral discourse in modern concept.
Read or Download Evil and the Augustinian Tradition PDF
Best religious history books
The starting place of the trendy notion of faith will be traced to the Enlightenment. This publication indicates how the options of "religion" and "the religions" arose from controversies in 17th- and eighteenth-century England. The start of "the religions," conceived of as units of ideals and practices, created a brand new technological know-how of faith during which a number of the "religions" should be studied and impartially in comparison.
Faith and the yankee destiny is a full of life, discovered discussion at the position of faith in American society. The participants bring up their voices against the tide of cynicism and constraint that frequently overwhelms faith in public existence and argue that tolerance, admire, and unfastened expression needs to outline the way forward for faith in the US.
This monograph explores Yahwistic votive perform within the Hellenistic interval. The dedicatory inscriptions from the Yahweh temple on Mount Gerizim are the item of an research of Yahwistic votive perform, witnessed in and outdoors Biblical literature. The learn starts off the dialogue through putting votive perform in a theoretical framework of gift-giving and fills a scholarly void through developing this custom as an essential component of the sacrificial procedure within the Hebrew Bible.
During this ebook the writer seeks to discover historiographical and textual proof that Abraham Cohen de Herrera s major kabbalistic paintings, "Puerta del Cielo," prompted Spinoza s metaphysics because it is related in his later paintings, the "Ethica. " some of the most crucial ontological issues maintained through the thinker, just like the suggestion of the 1st reason as substance, the procession of the endless modes, the subjective or metaphorical truth of the attributes, and the 2 varied understandings of God, have been expected in Herrera s mystical treatise.
- Predicting the Past: The Utah War's Twenty-First Century Future (Arrington Lecture Series)
- Rational Theology in Interfaith Communication: Abu l-Husayn al-Basri's Mu'tazili Theology among the Karaites in the Fatimid Age (Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture)
- The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society (Religion in the Age of Transformation)
- For Canada's Sake: Public Religion, Centennial Celebrations, And the Re-making of Canada in the 1960s
Extra resources for Evil and the Augustinian Tradition
For my general approach to the processes of cultural imagination and formation, I am profoundly indebted to Raymond Williams . Typically this is seen as simply the expression of modern rationalism’s inadequacy, but in fact, what opposes modern rationalism is often depicted as a demonic counter-plan, or conspiracy, a secret mirror double of the modern. ) Thus, in opposing modernity the Gothic ﬁnds itself in need of modernity’s conceptual scheme, and shows how modern structures may be turned against themselves, à la deconstruction – but also, if inadvertently, reaﬃrming the structures’ inescapability, at least for the Gothic.
In doing this, we are not simply repairing the particular errors of Niebuhr and Arendt; more basically, we are oﬀering the rudiments of an interpretation of the Augustinian tradition which runs importantly counter to the usual modern interpretation. Indeed modernity’s intellectual roots are found, to a signiﬁcant degree, in important misreadings of Augustine’s works; the roots of rationalism can be found in Descartes’ misreading of Augustine’s arguments about the cogito; and the roots of voluntarism can be found in late medieval misreadings of Augustine’s account of the will.
16 14 15 16 Morris . b. Morris’s discussion of doctors’ use of an agonic language of “conquest” and warfare; doctors think of pain largely as a puzzle to be solved, an opponent to be defeated (–). Cited in Morris , . I am not arguing that the medical advances of the past few centuries have not made great inroads on our physical ailments. I am simply saying that we will never be immortal, and that one of the unfortunate consequences of medicine’s attempt to deny this has been medicine’s denial of the signs of our mortality wherever they appear – of which pain is certainly an important one.
Evil and the Augustinian Tradition by Charles T. Mathewes