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The Critique of Theological Reason


  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521169233

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  • Far from merely reinvigorating relativism, postmodernism has detected and expressed in our time a powerful nihilating process of which truth and reality itself are the final casualties; and with these morality and religion. Beginning from the theological reaches of philosophy, this book argues that gods played a crucial part in modern philosophy, even when it was most critical of them; that the dominant nihilism of Derrida is really an excessive and misleading outcome of a contemporary philosophy which could otherwise resonate with all that is best in our evolutionary image of the universe; that moralists who turn to art in order to overcome the fact–value version of this deadly dualism do not thereby rule out religion; and that a Christian theology which recognises the evolutionary and historical conditions of faith and revelation is once again producing a theology that builds upon the best of contemporary philosophy and science.

    • Provides a deeper understanding of postmodernism, based upon an account of its philosophical ancestry in the modern era
    • Makes a critical and creative use of the more theoretical or 'philosophical' views of the scientists in physics and psychology
    • Offers a persuasive account of the most influential and promising movements in modern Christian theology
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    Review of the hardback: 'Mackey paints on a large canvas with a rich and varied palette. If mind and reality have indeed gone missing from recent philosophy, Mackey's application of theological reason offers beguiling pointers to their restoration.' John Saxbee, Church Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521169233
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical-Critical: Prologue
    1. The status quo: genesis
    2. The status quo: current affairs
    3. Beginnings: old and new
    Part II. Critical-Constructive: Prologue
    4. Morality and metaphysics
    5. Art and the role of revelation
    6. Revelation, religion and theology

  • Author

    James P. Mackey, University of Edinburgh

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