God : A Guide for the Perplexed

God : A Guide for the Perplexed

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 264 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781851682843
  • DDC分類 291.211

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This title charts the path of humankind's great spiritual odyssey: the search for God. Along this ancient and much-debated route, the reader will encounter philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein and religions from Judaism to the Hindu tradition, interspersed with diverse influences from Classical Greece, Romantic poetry, and the occasional scene from "Alien". Leading the way through this minefield is philosopher-theologian Keith Ward, blending the sublime and the eclectic in a narrative which offers wit, erudition and moments of genuine pathos.

Table of Contents

  A feeling for the gods                           1  (35)
God, literalism and poetry 1 (3)
A world full of gods 4 (3)
Descartes and the cosmic machine 7 (2)
Wordsworth and Blake: the gods and poetic 9 (5)
imagination
Conflict among the gods 14 (4)
Friedrich Schleiermacher: a Romantic 18 (6)
account of the gods
Rudolf Otto: the sense of the numinous 24 (7)
Martin Buber: life as meeting 31 (2)
Epilogue: the testimony of a secularist 33 (3)
Beyond the gods 36 (31)
Prophets and seers 36 (3)
The prophets of Israel and monotheism 39 (5)
Basil, Gregory Palamas and Maimonides: the 44 (6)
apophatic way
Thomas Aquinas: the simplicity of God 50 (3)
The five ways of demonstrating God 53 (4)
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite 57 (3)
The doctrine of analogy 60 (2)
Three mystics 62 (5)
The love that moves the sun 67 (34)
The 613 commandments 67 (2)
Pigs and other animals 69 (2)
The two great commandments 71 (2)
The Ten Commandments 73 (5)
Jesus and the Law 78 (2)
Calvin and the commandments 80 (3)
Faith and works 83 (2)
Theistic morality as fulfilling God's 85 (3)
purpose
Kant, the categorical imperative and faith 88 (8)
God as creative freedom, affective 96 (5)
knowledge and illimitable love
The God of the philosophers 101(39)
God and Job 101(2)
Plato and the gods 103(4)
The vision of the Good 107(3)
Appearance and reality 110(4)
Augustine and creation ex nihilo 114(3)
Aristotle and the Perfect Being 117(5)
Augustine and Platonism 122(3)
Anselm and Necessary Being 125(4)
Evil, necessity and the free-will defence 129(4)
Creation as a timeless act 133(3)
Faith and understanding 136(4)
The poet of the world 140(39)
The timeless and immutable God 140(4)
The rejection of Platonism 144(4)
Hegel and the philosophy of Absolute Spirit 148(4)
Marx and the dialectic of history 152(6)
Pantheism and panentheism 158(4)
Time and creativity 162(2)
The redemption of suffering 164(3)
History and the purposive cosmos 167(4)
Process philosophy 171(4)
The collapse of the metaphysical vision 175(4)
The darkness between stars 179(40)
Pascal: faith and scepticism 179(3)
A.J. Ayer: the death of metaphysics 182(3)
Scientific hypotheses and existential 185(3)
questions
Kierkegaard: truth as subjectivity 188(3)
Sartre: freedom from a repressive God 191(2)
Heidegger and Kierkegaard: the absolute 193(3)
paradox
Tillich: religious symbols 196(3)
Wittgenstein: Pictures of human life 199(3)
Religious language and forms of life 202(3)
Religion and `seeing-as' 205(4)
Spirituality without belief 209(3)
Non-realism and God 212(3)
The silence of the heart 215(4)
The personal ground of being 219(36)
God as omnipotent person 219(4)
The problem of evil 223(1)
Fichte, Schelling, Schopenhauer and 224(3)
Nietzsche: beyond good and evil
Omniscience and creative freedom 227(1)
God: person or personal? 228(3)
Persons as relational 231(3)
The idea of the Trinity 234(3)
The revelatory roots of religion 237(4)
Conclusion: seven ways of thinking about God 241(14)
Bibliography 255(2)
Acknowledgements 257(1)
Index 258