Abraham and the Secular

Abraham and the Secular

This volume offers both theoretical approaches and case studies on the relationship between religion and the secular world.

Author: Simone Raudino

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030730536

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The Secular Mind

The Secular Mind

Kierkegaard attends carefully to Abraham's relationship with God precisely because in that encounter the assumptions of rational secularism are directly confronted, dismissed. Fear and Trembling takes on nineteenth-century romanticism ...

Author: Robert Coles

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400822812

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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Does the business of daily living distance us from life's mysteries? Do most Americans value spiritual thinking more as a hobby than as an all-encompassing approach to life? Will the concept of the soul be defunct after the next few generations? Child psychiatrist and best-selling author Robert Coles offers a profound meditation on how secular culture has settled into the hearts and minds of Americans. This book is a sweeping essay on the shift from religious control over Western society to the scientific dominance of the mind. Interwoven into the story is Coles's personal quest for understanding how the sense of the sacred has stood firm in the lives of individuals--both the famous and everyday people whom he has known--even as they have struggled with doubt. As a student, Coles questioned Paul Tillich on the meaning of the "secular mind," and his fascination with the perceived opposition between secular and sacred intensified over the years. This book recounts conversations Coles has had with such figures as Anna Freud, Karen Horney, William Carlos Williams, Walker Percy, and Dorothy Day. Their words dramatize the frustration and the joy of living in both the secular and sacred realms. Coles masterfully draws on a variety of literary sources that trace the relationship of the sacred and the secular: the stories of Abraham and Moses, the writings of St. Paul, Augustine, Kierkegaard, Darwin, and Freud, and the fiction of George Eliot, Hardy, Meredith, Flannery O'Connor, and Huxley. Ever since biblical times, Coles shows us, the relationship between these two realms has thrived on conflict and accommodation. Coles also notes that psychoanalysis was first viewed as a rival to religion in terms of getting a handle on inner truths. He provocatively demonstrates how psychoanalysis has either been incorporated into the thinking of many religious denominations or become a type of religion in itself. How will people in the next millennium deal with advances in chemistry and neurology? Will these sciences surpass psychoanalysis in controlling how we think and feel? This book is for anyone who has wondered about the fate of the soul and our ability to seek out the sacred in our constantly changing world.
Categories: Psychology

The Logic of Evangelism

The Logic of Evangelism

Coming to grips with modernity is no small feat.11 Perhaps this is the reason Abraham's use of Fred Brown's Secular Evangelism is illuminating, for we can see how Abraham, in keeping with his central argument throughout The Logic of ...

Author: Michael J. Gehring

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532604560

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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The publication of William J. Abraham’s The Logic of Evangelism in 1989 marked a turning point in the field and practice of evangelism. Almost thirty years later the book still provokes discussion as it stimulates both theorists and practitioners to comprehend evangelism as initiation into God’s reign. Combining theological insight and historical analysis, Abraham’s groundbreaking work remains the primary text to set the stage for how evangelism may be conceived. In these timely essays written by both theologians and church leaders, The Logic of Evangelism Revisited takes a critical and yet appreciative look into the ways Abraham’s work still speaks to the church in today’s world. The authors, coming from a wide array of backgrounds, show how The Logic of Evangelism remains a key text into the twenty-first century.
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Hallowed Secularism

Hallowed Secularism

This is not a sufficient definition of secularism. Abraham in the Bible did not experience heaven, afterlife, or a Messiah, but Abraham was no secularist. Abraham knew the God of the Bible. Yet one point of this book is that the ...

Author: B. Ledewitz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230619524

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Bruce Ledewitz proposes a Reformation in secular thinking. He shows that in opposition to today's aggressive Atheism, religious sources are necessary if secularism is to promote fulfilling human relationships and peaceful international relations. Amid signs that secularism is growing in unhealthy ways, Ledewitz proposes a new secular way to live.
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The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

According to the story, Abraham bound his son before placing him on the altar.4 The story is told in the Old Testament, or what the Jews call the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 22:1–13), and with minor variations also in the Qur'an (37:99–113), ...

Author: Phil Zuckerman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199988457

Category: Religion

Page: 778

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The Oxford Handbook of Secularism offers a wide-ranging examination of secularism on a global scale, bringing together an international collection of views from prominent experts in a variety of fields. This volume reflects the impressive level of academic attention now given to secularism across the humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and international relations.
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The Secular Paradox

The Secular Paradox

During my second wave of field research, after I had already completed my PhD and started working at UC–Santa Barbara, I interviewed Abraham, a real-life Epicurean. Our conversation was illuminating, and it proved that the Epicurean ...

Author: Joseph Blankholm

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479809523

Category: Religion

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A radically new way of understanding secularism which explains why being secular can seem so strangely religious For much of America’s rapidly growing secular population, religion is an inescapable source of skepticism and discomfort. It shows up in politics and in holidays, but also in common events like weddings and funerals. In The Secular Paradox, Joseph Blankholm argues that, despite their desire to avoid religion, nonbelievers often seem religious because Christianity influences the culture around them so deeply. Relying on several years of ethnographic research among secular activists and organized nonbelievers in the United States, the volume explores how very secular people are ambivalent toward belief, community, ritual, conversion, and tradition. As they try to embrace what they share, secular people encounter, again and again, that they are becoming too religious. And as they reject religion, they feel they have lost too much. Trying to strike the right balance, secular people alternate between the two sides of their ambiguous condition: absolutely not religious and part of a religion-like secular tradition. Blankholm relies heavily on the voices of women and people of color to understand what it means to live with the secular paradox. The struggles of secular misfits—the people who mis-fit normative secularism in the United States—show that becoming secular means rejecting parts of life that resemble Christianity and embracing a European tradition that emphasizes reason and avoids emotion. Women, people of color, and secular people who have left non-Christian religions work against the limits and contradictions of secularism to create new ways of being secular that are transforming the American religious landscape. They are pioneering the most interesting and important forms of secular “religiosity” in America today.
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Augustine s City of God

Augustine s City of God

2 SAECULUM AND THE SECULAR If “secular” in English is taken to have “ecclesial” as its antonym, as it is when the ... It follows from this that there was no visible ecclesial presence before the call of Abraham, or after that call where ...

Author: James Wetzel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139576444

Category: Philosophy

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Augustine's City of God has profoundly influenced the course of Western political philosophy, but there are few guides to its labyrinthine argumentation that hold together the delicate interplay of religion and philosophy in Augustine's thought. The essays in this volume offer a rich examination of those themes, using the central, contested distinction between a heavenly city on earthly pilgrimage and an earthly city bound for perdition to elaborate aspects of Augustine's political and moral vision. Topics discussed include Augustine's notion of the secular, his critique of pagan virtue, his departure from classical eudaimonism, his mythology of sin, his dystopian politics, his surprising attention to female bodies, his moral psychology, his valorisation of love, his critique of empire and his conception of a Christian philosophy. Together the essays advance our understanding of Augustine's most influential work and provide a rich overview of Augustinian political theology and its philosophical implications.
Categories: Philosophy

Taking Leave of Abraham

Taking Leave of Abraham

Taking Leave of Abraham is a call to embrace our post-secular modernity without surrendering to the demands of authoritarian religion.

Author: Troels Norager

Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag

ISBN: 9788779347717

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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Abraham's intention to sacrifice his son on God's command symbolizes the violent potential of authoritarian religion. The contemporary resurgence of radically 'conservative' and 'fundamentalist' religion raises the question whether this kind of God-relation is compatible with a commitment to liberal democracy. In this timely and original book, Troels Nager provides an answer by integrating insights from philosophy of religion and political philosophy. In Part One, Nager surveys the interpretive history of Genesis 22, focusing in particular on Kierkegaard's ingenious attempt to save Abraham and his unquestioning faith. In Part Two, drawing on eminent thinkers like Rawls and Habermas, Nager argues that while religion can be accorded an important role in the public square, each religion and each believer must learn to appreciate that in a pluralist society 'the political' (government, legal system, and public administration) is neutral towards religion and ultimately guided by 'secular' reason. Taking Leave of Abraham is a call to embrace our post-secular modernity without surrendering to the demands of authoritarian religion.
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Secular Virtue

Secular Virtue

secular motivations, of moral reasoning secular reality, and Einstein, Albert secular worldview, and spirituality ... Abraham self-assigned limits, and moderation self-awareness self-awareness, and impulse control self-awareness, ...

Author: Will Walsh

Publisher: Will Walsh

ISBN: 9780692054185

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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You’ve outgrown myth-based, paternalistic, and judgmental religious dogma. In your holistic development, you seek paths of health and growth which serve you well in all aspects of your life. Secular Virtue is a companion and mentor for acquiring the most universally desired and admired character attributes. It describes virtues, values, ethics, awarenesses, and real-world competencies which support you in doing the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons. It will help you identify and strengthen your best qualities. You will develop a sense of mastery and act in your best interests. You will more effectively manage stress. You will make sound, informed decisions. You will form more stable personal and working relationships, and develop the capacities of others. Secular Virtue is a progressive new resource for surviving, thriving, and finding fulfillment in today’s secularizing world.
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Secularism and Africa

Secularism and Africa

... or free/modern translations of the Bible into English are presumably also rooted in some extra-biblical secular and modern presuppositions. ... Genesis 12:16, Pharaoh gave Abraham gifts because of his beautiful wife Sarah.

Author: Jim Harries

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498269865

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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Secular assumptions underlie much formal communication between the West and Africa, and even intra-Africa. Secularism is dualistic by nature, but thinking in Africa is mostly monistic. This book suggests that it is better to be rooted in faith in Christ than in so-called secularism. The great respect given to the Bible in much of Africa verifies this idea. Communication of and through Christ is a bridge that can enable indigenous sustainable development. The same gospel is the bridge over which the West itself passes. Maintaining supposedly secular presuppositions may be denying sub-Saharan African people the means for self-initiated sustainable progress. This books draws on anthropology, linguistics, and theology, as well as the author's experience of living in Africa. Harries shares an autobiographical account of personal long-term grassroots ministry, and proposes a revision of widely held understandings of linguistics pertaining especially to the relationship between the West and Africa. He also looks at Bible teaching ministry in light of contemporary African contexts.
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