Incarnational Humanism

A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World
Author: Jens Zimmermann
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 083086671X
Category: Religion
Page: 358
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Having left its Christian roots behind, the West faces a moral, spiritual and intellectual crisis. It has little left to maintain its legacy of reason, freedom, human dignity and democracy. Far from capitulating, Jens Zimmermann believes the church has an opportunity to speak a surprising word into this postmodern situation grounded in the Incarnation itself that is proclaimed in Christian preaching and eucharistic celebration. To do so requires that we retrieve an ancient Christian humanism for our time. Only this will acknowledge and answer the general demand for a common humanity beyond religious, denominational and secular divides. Incarnational Humanism thus points the way forward by pointing backward. Rather than resorting to theological novelty, Zimmermann draws on the rich resources found in Scripture and in its theological interpreters ranging from Irenaeus and Augustine to de Lubac and Bonhoeffer. Zimmermann masterfully draws his comprehensive study together by proposing a distinctly evangelical philosophy of culture. That philosophy grasps the link between the new humanity inaugurated by Christ and all of humanity. In this way he holds up a picture of the public ministry of the church as a witness to the world's reconciliation to God.

The Passionate Intellect

Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education
Author: Norman Klassen,Jens Zimmermann
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9781441202567
Category: Religion
Page: 208
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Too often Christian college students feel they must either downplay their faith or stick to a small circle of like-minded friends and organizations. Somewhere along the way assumptions have taken root that intellectual university life and Christian faith cannot be synthesized. Klassen and Zimmermann assert that much is at stake for the young university student. A worldview takes a lasting shape and faith is usually discovered, deepened, or discarded during a collegiate journey. This new work is designed to give students, parents, and other interested readers a guide to the intellectual culture of the modern university and its contribution to society, helping them to realize the power of the university's influence and discover how to connect Christian belief to cutting-edge thinking.

John Courtney Murray & the Growth of Tradition


Author: J. Leon Hooper,Todd Whitmore
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781556128547
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 302
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John Courtney Murray was the most significant figure in bring together Catholic and American tradition in the 1940s, 50s, and '60s. This volume brings together twelve of the foremost Murray scholars to plumb his work for resources to respond to today's questions.

Humanism and Religion

A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture
Author: Jens Zimmermann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199697752
Category: History
Page: 379
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Jens Zimmermann suggests that the West can rearticulate its identity and renew its cultural purpose by recovering the humanistic ethos that originally shaped Western culture. He traces the religious roots of humanism, and combines humanism, religion and hermeneutic philosophy to re-imagine humanism for our current cultural and intellectual climate.

Soul of the World

Notes on the Future of Public Catholicism
Author: George Weigel
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
ISBN: 9780852443767
Category: Christian sociology
Page: 206
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The Logic of Incarnation

James K. A. Smith's Critique of Postmodern Religion
Author: Neal DeRoo,Brian Lightbody
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877387
Category: Religion
Page: 252
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With his Logic of Incarnation, James K. A. Smith has provided a compelling critique of the universalizing tendencies in some strands of postmodern philosophy of religion. A truly postmodern account of religion must take seriously the preference for particularity first evidenced in the Christian account of the incarnation of God. Moving beyond the urge to universalize, which characterizes modern thought, Smith argues that it is only by taking seriously particular differences--historical, religious, and doctrinal--that we can be authentically religious and authentically postmodern. Smith remains hugely influential in both academic discourse and church movements. This book is the first organized attempt to bring both of these aspects of Smith's work into conversation with each other and with him. With articles from an internationally respected group of philosophers, theologians, pastors, and laypeople, the entire range of Smith's considerable influence is represented here. Discussing questions of embodiment, eschatology, inter-religious dialogue, dogma, and difference, this book opens all the most relevant issues in postmodern religious life to a unique and penetrating critique.

Christian Humanism

International Perspectives
Author: Jane E. Francis
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 452
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This collection of original essays represents the contemporary thought of scholars from Europe, China, India, and North and South America. The authors examine "humanism" with a Christian focus that makes this popular subject more meaningful in our contemporary technological society. Because secular humanism is so prevalent now, it is refreshing to have this new approach from internationally experienced authors who share a common faith in God a well as in the human potential.

On the Road to Emmaus

The Catholic Dialogue with America and Modernity
Author: Glenn W. Olsen
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 081321954X
Category: History
Page: 316
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In distinctive voice and tone, cultural commentator Glenn W. Olsen presents his latest work on the place of Catholicism in American history. Here he clarifies the meaning of American modernity for Catholics and shows the conflicts and tensions confronting the religious person today.

In Search of Moral Knowledge

Overcoming the Fact-Value Dichotomy
Author: R. Scott Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830880216
Category: Religion
Page: 366
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For most of the church's history, people have seen Christian ethics as normative and universally applicable. Recently, however, this view has been lost, thanks to naturalism and relativism. R. Scott Smith argues that Christians need to overcome Kant's fact-value dichotomy and recover the possibility of genuine moral and theological knowledge.

Tranquillitas Ordinis

The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace
Author: George Weigel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Peace
Page: 489
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This critical analysis of American Catholic thought on war and peace focuses on the public debate over issues such as nuclear arms control and U.S. policy in Central America

First Things

A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion and sociology
Page: N.A
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Christian Humanism and Moral Formation in "A World Come of Age"

An Interdisciplinary Look at the Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Marilynne Robinson
Author: Jens Zimmermann,Natalie Boldt
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144389205X
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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Since its inception in ancient Greco-Roman culture, the main goal of humanism has been moral formation through education for the attainment of true humanity. Literature and religion have always played a central role in humanistic learning, especially in the Christian humanism that has deeply shaped Western ideals of higher education. Does Christian humanism remain important today? What does Christian humanism have to contribute to the idea of moral formation in contemporary Western culture that has been characterized by many as “a secular age”? This book addresses these questions by examining two prominent Christian humanists: the twentieth-century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the contemporary American writer Marilynne Robinson. In this volume, a group of international scholars, from a variety of disciplines, bring Bonhoeffer and Robinson into conversation with current moral and ethical issues, from the residential school system to our increasingly consumerist and technology-obsessed society. The contributors demonstrate the profound affirmation of human dignity and freedom that characterize the humanism of both Bonhoeffer and Robinson, highlighting their import as resources for the relation of religion, culture and ethics. The essays in this book thus remind us that religious faith will remain relevant as we search for moral consensus in modern, post-Christian societies. The volume also features a new interview with Robinson that reveals her own religious humanism and her appreciation for Bonhoeffer’s theology.