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Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology

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Pragmatic Theology argues for a vision of religious life that is derived from the tradition of American pragmatism (James, Dewey, Royce); empirical theology (Chicago School, D.C. Macintosh, H. Richard Niebuhr); and American philosophy of religion (Stone, Frankenberry, Corrington). The author argues that there is a divine reality in human experience that when encountered gives meaning and value to a person's need for cultural fulfillment and to his or her religious need for self-transcendence. The book commends ...
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Overview

Pragmatic Theology argues for a vision of religious life that is derived from the tradition of American pragmatism (James, Dewey, Royce); empirical theology (Chicago School, D.C. Macintosh, H. Richard Niebuhr); and American philosophy of religion (Stone, Frankenberry, Corrington). The author argues that there is a divine reality in human experience that when encountered gives meaning and value to a person's need for cultural fulfillment and to his or her religious need for self-transcendence. The book commends the openness of nature, the world, and human experience to creative transformation and growth. It supports the increase of human capacities to create morally livable and fulfilling communities, the enhancement of the free play of interpretation, and a social order where democratic utopian expectations are envisioned and actualized.
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Anderson Christian ethics, Vanderbilt U. projects a vision of religious life that is derived from the tradition of American pragmatism, empirical theology, and the American philosophy of religion. He argues that there is a divine reality in human experience that, when encountered, gives meaning and value to people's need for cultural fulfillment and their religious need for self-transcendence. He commends the transformation and growth of both individuals and communities toward a society in which democratic utopian expectations are visualized and manifested. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Pragmatic Secularization of Theology

2. The Pragmatic Reconstruction of Theology

3. The Vitalist Argument in Theology

4. Pragmatism and Religious Realism

5. Relational Value Theory in Theology

6. Pragmatism and Theology: Prospects of Rapprochement

7. Pragmatic Naturalism and Public Theology

Conclusion

Critical Bibliography

Works Cited

Index

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