Faith and Freedom: An Interfaith Perspective / Edition 1

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"In this book, David Burrell, one of the foremost philosophical theologians in the English-speaking world, presents the culmination of his work on creation and human freedom. Drawing on his philosophical and theological insights from the last 20 years, he develops an integrated argument with far-reaching consequences for capitalist cultures." Engaging with the Islamic, Judaic, and Christian traditions, and with modern as well as classical systems of thought, Burrell dismantles the "libertarian" approach to freedom that dominates Western politics and economics, proposing that alongside freedom of choice we need freedom of consent.
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"Collected essays can be problematic creatures. The fruit of years of patient reflection often turns out to lack any real coherence or focus. With the work of David Burrell any such fears quickly turn out to be ill-founded... Those who know and value his work will be grateful to the editor of this series for bringing togther in one volume a number of articles previously published in professional journals. Those new to it now have a useful if intellctually demanding commentary on this fascinating world."

"Pervading this book is precisely that spirit of wonder and intellectual delight which touches all Burrell's work - and the man himself"
Journal of Contemporary Religion

"This book will appeal to students with an interest in cosmology, the relationship between faith and reason, the nature of human freedom and areas of common ground or near common ground among scholarsof the three Abrahamic traditions."
Reviews in Religion and Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405121712
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series , #18
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burrell is Hesburgh Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Notre Dame University. His previous books include Knowing the Unknowable God: Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas (1986), Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions (1993), and two translations of Al-Ghazali.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Distinguishing God from the world 3
Ch. 2 The unknowability of God in al-Ghazali 20
Ch. 3 Why not pursue the metaphor of Artisan and view God's knowledge as practical? 34
Ch. 4 Maimonides, Aquinas, and Gersonides on providence and evil 43
Ch. 5 Aquinas' debt to Maimonides 64
Ch. 6 Creation and "actualism" : the dialectical dimension of philosophical theology 76
Ch. 7 Aquinas and Scotus : contrary patterns for philosophical theology 91
Ch. 8 From analogy of "being" to the analogy of being 113
Ch. 9 The challenge to medieval Christian philosophy : relating creator to creatures 129
Ch. 10 Freedom and creation in the Abrahamic traditions 143
Ch. 11 Al-Ghazali on created freedom 156
Ch. 12 Creation, will, and knowledge in Aquinas and Duns Scotus 176
Ch. 13 God, religious pluralism, and dialogic encounter 193
Ch. 14 The Christian distinction celebrated and expanded 217
Ch. 15 Incarnation and creation : the hidden dimension 234
Ch. 16 Assessing statements of faith : Augustine and Etty Hillesum 245
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