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Man Made God: The Meaning of Life / Edition 1

Man Made God: The Meaning of Life / Edition 1

by Luc Ferry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226244857

ISBN-13: 9780226244853

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

What happens when a conception of the meaning of life based on a divine revelation no longer makes sense? Does the quest for transcendence end in the pursuit of material success and self-absorption?

Luc Ferry argues that modernity and the emergence of secular humanism in Europe since the eighteenth century have not killed the search for meaning and the sacred, or

Overview

What happens when a conception of the meaning of life based on a divine revelation no longer makes sense? Does the quest for transcendence end in the pursuit of material success and self-absorption?

Luc Ferry argues that modernity and the emergence of secular humanism in Europe since the eighteenth century have not killed the search for meaning and the sacred, or even the idea of God, but rather have transformed both through a dual process: the humanization of the divine and the divinization of the human. Ferry sees evidence for the first of these in the Catholic Church's attempts to counter the growing rejection of dogmatism and to translate the religious tradition into contemporary language. The second he traces to the birth of modern love and humanitarianism, both of which demand a concern for others and even self-sacrifice in defense of values that transcend life itself. Ferry concludes with a powerful statement in favor of what he calls "transcendental humanism"-a concept that for the first time in human history gives us access to a genuine spirituality rooted in human beings instead of the divine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226244853
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,163,178
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Meaning of Life: The Withdrawal of a Question
1. The Humanization of the Divine: From John Paul II to Drewermann
2. The Divinization of the Human: The Secularization of Ethics and the Birth of Modern Love
3. The Sacred with a Human Face
Conclusion
The Humanism of Humanity Made God
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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