In Face Of Mystery / Edition 1

In Face Of Mystery / Edition 1

by Gordon D. Kaufman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674445767

ISBN-13: 9780674445765

Pub. Date: 10/07/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the symbolic world of Christianity, which millions have inhabited for centuries, is there room for modern and postmodern life--for today's real world of cultural relativism and religious pluralism, of scientific knowledge and historical understanding? In Face of Mystery draws these two worlds together in a full-scale reconception of Christian

…  See more details below

Overview

In the symbolic world of Christianity, which millions have inhabited for centuries, is there room for modern and postmodern life--for today's real world of cultural relativism and religious pluralism, of scientific knowledge and historical understanding? In Face of Mystery draws these two worlds together in a full-scale reconception of Christian theology.

Theology, Gordon Kaufman suggests, is an imaginative construction, the creation of a symbolic world for ordering life. As it has been constructed, so it can be reconstructed, and Kaufman does so in a way that clarifies both the historic roots and the present-day applications of Christian symbolism. He works with a "biohistorical" interpretation of human life, one that portrays humanity as a product of biological evolution and historical development. While taking account of cultural and religious pluralism, and while providing criteria for making comparative assessments and judgements, this interpretation of human historical exitence also situates human begins--with their capacities for freedom and creativity--within the ecological wed that sustains all life. Human beings, Kaufman argues, have created religious symbolism as a necessary part of their attempt to orient themselves in the world. He shows how Christianity, as a system of symbols, has figured in this effort, and he carefully examines the separate elements of the Christian perspective-- foremost among them, God. How does the concept of God, as an ultimate point of reference, enhance our understanding of today's world; and how does the symbol "Christ" qualify this concept? The answer Kaufman proposes clarify the changing relevance of the symbolic world of Christianity.

Firmly embeddd in physical and social science and in the tradition of American pragmatism, this thorough reconception of a Christian worldview offers insight into the most basic questions confronting humanity today--questions of value, meaning, and self-identity.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674445765
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
532
Product dimensions:
1.07(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: Introduction: Theology as Construction

1. The Question of God

2. Theology: One-Dimensional, Two-Dimensional, or Holistic?

3. Theology as a Human Imaginative Task

4. Theological Construction and Faith

5. Mystery, Theology, and Conversation

6. The Christian World-Picture (I): The Monotheistic Categorial Scheme

7. The Christian World-Picture (II): The Category of Christ

Part II: Constructing a Concept of the Human

8. Historicity and Biology

9. Humanity in the World

10. Toward a Normative Concept of the Human

11. Agency and Self-Reflexiveness as Sociohistorically Constituted

12. Subjectivity, Experience, and Freedom

13. The Interpenetration of Action with Reflection

14. An Ecological Ethic

15. The Corruption of Historicity: Freedom and Evil

16. Historicity and Religion

Part III: Constructing a Concept of the Context of Human Existence: The World

17. Small Steps of Faith

18. Cosmic Visions and Human Meaning

19. Serendipitous Creativity

20. Directional Movements in a Serendipitous Universe

Part IV: Constructing a Concept of an Ultimate Point of Reference: God

21. Functions of the Symbol "God"

22. Reconstructing the Concept of God

23. Faith in God (I)

24. Sin and Evil

25. A Wider Christology

26. Christ as Paradigm for God and for Humanity

27. A Trinitarian God

Part V: Faith and Life in Today's World

28. Theocentric Faith and the Churches

29. Faith in God (II): Christian Theocentrism

Notes

Name Index

Subject Index

Index of Scriptural References

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3 Interrelation of action and reflection

Figure 4 Christian theological construction: "small steps" of faith leading to a modern understanding of God

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >