The Persistence of Faith

The Persistence of Faith

Instead and against all prediction religion has resurfaced in the public domain. In this book Sacks argues the case for a broadly based return to tradition within the context of religious pluralism and tolerance.

Author: Jonathan Sacks

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 0826478557

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Sacks argues that faiths must remain open to criticism, keep alive their separate communities and still contribute far more to national debates on moral issues. they m,ust also learn to get along better. His thesis is that we still live under a Biblical canopy and that a cohesive morality needs the uniting bonds of faith. Confidence in a faith is a subtle quality and lack of it shows in many ways, some contradictory. Dr Sacks has that confidence and the quiet charisma to communicate it. The subject of this book - religions and ethics- is good ground for him to build on: The Jewish contribution to ethics is distinctly rational and has a long and illustrious tradition. Moral philosophy is after all a Jewish preoccupation. In recent years, he writes, religion has taken us unawares. The rise of the Moral Majority in the USA, the Islamic Revolution, the growth of religious parties in Israel, the power of Catholicism in Poland and the African continent all run contrary to the basic thesis that modernity and secularization went hand in hand and could almost be regarded as synonyms. Instead and against all prediction religion has resurfaced in the public domain. In this book Sacks argues the case for a broadly based return to tradition within the context of religious pluralism and tolerance. Religious values remain a strong force within our culture to be renewed. For our society to be viable indeed they must be renewed.
Categories: Religion

The Persistence of Religion

The Persistence of Religion

I have already said above that I think there must always be a place for an element of doubt and uncertainty in faith. Otherwise it is not faith. And I know just too many 'non-believers' who have told me they often have doubts about ...

Author: Harvey G. Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857715616

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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In the nineteenth century, Nietzsche famously announced that God was dead. In the twentieth century, increasing reliance on science and technology led to a widespread rejection of belief on the grounds of its irrationality. Yet religion has not died. In fact, the opposite has occurred: it has persisted and proliferated. Despite the relentless pursuit of scientific advancement, in the twenty-first century we now see religious influence everywhere. In this wide-ranging dialogue, two leading commentators on religion address - from their different but complementary traditions of Christianity and Buddhism - the continuing appeal of spirituality to people eager to explore fundamental questions of meaning. The authors indicate that science, for all its benefits, has limits of explanation. It may be able to show how, but not necessarily why. Yet belief too must not go unchallenged, since, as Ikeda says, 'religion can become either a medicine or a poison'. What then is the proper role of religion in a world plagued by intolerance and extremism? The authors point to its place in dialogue, education and peacebuilding. They emphasise the centrality of non-violence, and the inspiring examples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In so doing they recount formative experiences of involvement in the civil rights movement and protest against Vietnam (Cox) and personal exposure to the misery and destruction of war (Ikeda). Their joint vision of a just and true religious sensibility makes a vital contribution to the fields of religion, peace studies and ethics.
Categories: Religion

The Persistence of Purgatory

The Persistence of Purgatory

requisite for receiving the new dispensation , that is , the con- fession of faith . Indeed , for the better part of his essay on The Reasonableness of Christianity , Locke made it clear that the point of entry into the new dispensation ...

Author: Richard K. Fenn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521568552

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Richard K. Fenn focuses on the significance of time in modern society, and why we take it so seriously. He traces contemporary western attitudes toward time back to the doctrine and myth of Purgatory. Fenn makes a provocative case that especially for Americans the sense of the scarcity of time is a sign of social character, shaped by a 'purgatorial complex'. He demonstrates the impact of Purgatory on Protestant preachers such as Baxter and Channing, but also argues that Locke's views of religion, education and the nature of the state can only be understood in this context. Seriousness about time has become evidence of the good faith of the citizen. Novelists like Robbins, Mailer, Vonnegut and Brautigan portray a society that oppresses the individual through time constraints. For Dickens, America seemed a purgatorial wasteland: a place where time is always of the essence.
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Creation and the Persistence of Evil

Creation and the Persistence of Evil

Though the persistence of evil seems to undermine the magisterial claims of the creator- God , it is through submission to exactly those claims that the good order that is creation comes into being . Like all other faith , crea- tion ...

Author: Jon D. Levenson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691029504

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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This paperback edition brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. He traces a flexible conception of God to the earliest Hebrew sources, arguing, for example, that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today.
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Postsecular Catholicism

Postsecular Catholicism

The Persistence and Unevenness of Faith Historically, the Church has differentiated between its binding authority on matters of faith and morals and its lesser authority on social and political questions." However, the secularization of ...

Author: Michele Dillon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190693008

Category: Religion

Page: 225

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"Amid increased secularization, there is new appreciation for the relevance of moderate religion, such as Catholicism, in redirecting the ethical commitments of contemporary society. The postsecular affirmation of the mutual significance of religious and secular resources provides the Church with a renewed opportunity for engagement with public societal issues and for institutional revitalization among Catholics. It requires, however, a dialogue between doctrinal ideas and the increasingly secularized experiences and expectations of Catholics, as well as others. This book examines how the Church negotiates this task. Anchored in the context of American Catholicism, it aims to help the reader understand why Catholicism continues to have relevance, notwithstanding its multiple tensions. Critical here is recognition of the fact that the Church is not a monolithic entity but, instead, is characterized by, and allows, a dynamic interpretive diversity among laity, bishops, and the Vatican. The book presents case analyses and survey data showing how the crosscutting pull of religious and secular currents plays out across a number of contentious societal and intra-Church issues. Among the topics examined are economic inequality, climate change, gay sexuality, divorce and remarriage, women's ordination, and religious freedom. This inquiry demonstrates the strategies and processes by which tradition and change, authority and autonomy, and doctrinal ideas and secular realities are held together in Catholicism" --
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Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth

Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth

Jefferson , according to Stevenson , was “ the immortal philosopher of democracy , ” and the main tenets of Jeffersonianism included a " firm faith in the people ” and a belief in “ special privilege for none .

Author: Stephen F. Knott

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054420149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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"Knott observes that Thomas Jefferson and his followers, and, later, Andrew Jackson and his adherents, tended to view Hamilton and his principles as "un-American." While his policies generated mistrust in the South and the West, where he is still seen as the founding plutocrat, Hamilton was revered in New England and parts of the mid-Atlantic states. Hamilton's image as a champion of American nationalism caused his reputation to soar during the Civil War, at least in the North. However, in the wake of Gilded Age excesses, progressive and populist political leaders branded Hamilton as the patron saint of Wall Street, and his reputation began to disintegrate."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Persistent Modelling

Persistent Modelling

Persistence. of. Faith. in. the. Intangible. Model. Mark Burry DOI: 10.4324/9780203782545-2 There are many dialectics that make architectural modelling less clear-cut than one might first imagine. Modelling for (design models) as ...

Author: Phil Ayres

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136621758

Category: Architecture

Page: 309

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With contributions from some of the world’s most advanced thinkers on this subject, this book is essential reading for anyone looking at new ways of thinking about the digital within architecture. It speculates upon implications of Persistent Modelling for architectural practice, reconsidering the relationship between architectural representation and architectural artefact particularly in the fields of responsive and adaptive architectures.
Categories: Architecture

Weber and the Persistence of Religion

Weber and the Persistence of Religion

... Widdicombe suggests that our own reluctance to attach significance to the persistence of Jesus' wounds in heaven ... faith and authority: The presence of Christ's true body and blood in this sacrament cannot be detected by sense, ...

Author: Joseph W. H. Lough

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134289776

Category: Political Science

Page: 158

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There is an increasing interest in religion and belief and the diverse forms these take in the contemporary world. This timely book provides a unique analysis of these issues through a discussion of the work of Marx and Weber. Taking Max Weber’s interpretations of capitalism and religion as its point of departure, Weber and the Persistence of Religion re-examines a wide range of classical and contemporary texts, including Immanuel Kant, Foucault and Jean Baudrillard, to help explain the peculiar character of religion and spirituality in mature capitalist societies. This book shows how the peculiar disembodied character of contemporary spirituality and religion, along with the disenchanted character of public life, may be formally related to the increasingly disembodied, immaterial character of value in capitalist societies. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Social Theory, History, the Sociology of Religion and Philosophy.
Categories: Political Science

Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation

Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation

Faith In the context of the synoptic healing stories, faith can be understood as being manifestin the initiative taken in approaching jesus to be healed and the persistence of those who seek healing for themselves. We find faith as ...

Author: Peniel Rajkumar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317154938

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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In fulfilling the long-awaited need for a constructive and critical rethinking of Dalit theology this book offers and explores the synoptic healing stories as a relevant biblical paradigm for Dalit theology in order to help redress the lacuna between Dalit theology and the social practice of the Indian Church. Peniel Rajkumar's starting point is that the growing influence of Dalit theology in academic circles is incompatible with the praxis of the Indian Church which continues to be passive in its attitude towards the oppression of the Dalits both within and outside the Church. The theological reasons for this lacuna between Dalit theology and the Church's praxis, Rajkumar suggests, lie in the content of Dalit theology, especially the biblical paradigms explored, which do not offer adequate scope for engagement in praxis.
Categories: Religion

Moral Leadership in a Postmodern Age

Moral Leadership in a Postmodern Age

“Faith. in. the. 'Future'. A Review Even in a postmodern age morality can be a bridge. Morality may indeed offer religious leaders today ... He established a national reputation with his 1990 Reith Lectures, The Persistence of Faith.

Author: Robin Gill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567357663

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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Robin Gill examines the issues that connect faith and moral leadership in an increasingly fragmented and relativistic world.
Categories: Religion