Tradition and Authenticity in the Search for Ecumenic Wisdom

In Tradition and Authenticity in the Search for Ecumenic Wisdom, Thomas Langan argues that we must struggle toward a unity of discourse respectful of genuine experiences of varying civilizations if we are to live peacefully on one planet.

Author: Thomas Langan

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826208002

Category: Philosophy

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Our emerging world system is bringing the great traditions and cultures it has spawned into ever more intimate and dangerous contact. Although many of the same processes of change and development are unfolding in different parts of the world, distinctive traditions seem to make conflicting, perhaps irreconcilable, truth claims. The material conquest of the world, through its planetary-scale institutions and through a scientific-universalistic concept of truth, tends to relativize the claims of all cultures. In Tradition and Authenticity in the Search for Ecumenic Wisdom, Thomas Langan argues that we must struggle toward a unity of discourse respectful of genuine experiences of varying civilizations if we are to live peacefully on one planet. Langan begins by raising the question of whether this search for an ecumenic wisdom is a valid project. He considers the "appropriation" of history in a most original manner, melding phenomenology's appreciation for the interpretative nature of knowledge with classical philosophy's recognition of the objectivity of formal truth. Drawing upon the thought of Heidegger and Voegelin, among others, he studies the role of explicit traditions in transmitting truths and distinguishes four genera of tradition--artistic, revelational, associational, and scientific-philosophical. Langan lays down the challenge of the "truth question" and shows how understanding the developmental nature of history helps realize such a project without "imperialistically" imposing one tradition's truth and rationality upon another's, but also without yielding to a skeptical relativism. Langan's compelling exploration of the interaction of different traditions and his ultimate search for an ecumenic wisdom will be fascinating to students and scholars of political philosophy, intellectual history, and theology.
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Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics

Thus, the attempt to find more universal, genuinely ecumenical and catholic, yet orthodox, evangelical, ... of similar structures remain in some contexts and have analogies in societies shaped by the traditions of other world religions.

Author: Joel B. Green

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801034060

Category: Religion

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A reference guide on the relationship between scripture and ethics features up-to-date commentary on hundreds of topics including bioethics, homosexuality, and torture.
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Surviving the Age of Virtual Reality

... while living amidst the HTX, earnest efforts at “appropriation” can offer enhanced appreciation. As promised in Tradition and Authenticity in Search of Ecumenic Wisdom, I have published a critical appreciation of a tradition that ...

Author: Thomas Langan

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826260970

Category: Computers

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Langan (philosophy, U. of Toronto) is concerned that the virtual world people have created has made everyday decisions difficult because it does not conform to common sense. He investigates this life that people are caught up in. If virtual reality is in fact reality, what is the act of being within the context of virtual reality? And how can a system be established system for distinguishing truth from fiction?Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Minerva s Aviary

Hunt, T.J. 1929. The Story of the 'Mountain.' N.p.: 2nd ed. 1979. ... Quest: The Evolution of a Scientist. New York: Doubleday, Doran. ... Tradition and Authenticity in the Search for Ecumenic Wisdom. Columbia: University of Missouri ...

Author: John G. Slater

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802038708

Category: Education

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. In "Minerva's Aviary," John G. Slater documents the history of Toronto's Philosophy Department from its founding to contemporary times.
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Safeguarding Our Common Future

Thomas Langan , Tradition and Authenticity in the Search for Ecumenic Widsom ( Columbia : University of Missouri Press ... philosophical issues that underlie the search for ecumenic wisdom in a global context of appropriating also the ...

Author: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791446514

Category: Philosophy

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Utilizes Heidegger in rethinking common environmental paradigms.
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The Confessional Mosaic

In the search for theological integrity and authenticity , churches all across the denominational spectrum have turned to the sources of faith and life and begun to recover pieces of their heritage which had become lost .

Author: Milton J. Coalter

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 066425151X

Category: Religion

Page: 333

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Focusing on the expression of faith among American Presbyterians, this book surveys important developments in Presbyterian theology and worship. It provides an understanding of the changes in mainstream Protestantism and American Christianity, and analyzes preaching, worship, hymnody, devotional materials, and social justice pronouncements. The authors include both the achievements and the ambiguous legacy of this developmental stage in American Presbyterian history. Through its examination of American Presbyterianism, the Presbyterian Presence series illuminates patterns of change in mainstream Protestantism and American religious and cultural life in the twentieth century.
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Tracking God

Ecumenical theology, as I understand it, challenges the usual and to a large degree artificial denominational perspectives of ... This takes me to the next important point, namely that the search for meaning, for authenticity oflife, ...

Author: Ivana Noble

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781606087008

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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This book offers an introduction to some of the fundamental themes of theology. From the very beginning, however, it insists on the contribution to be found in the different Christian traditions. The reader is enabled to view these traditions as part of a common heritage. Drawing on the wealth of these understandings of what it is to be Christian can be an inspiration for those from very different church structures, and even for people who seek to understand their own spiritual journey and search for God, without identifying themselves or their journey with any particular church. A number of important theological questions are covered in the book. It starts with a look at theological method before examining the idea of divine revelation. This is followed by investigating the nature of authority and authorities in different churches and where these coincide and come into conflict. The historical and cultural contexts of theology and its roots in religious experience are also examined. Each theme has a biblical and patristic part, as well as a genuinely reciprocal discussion involving contemporary Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant theologians.
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As pope , Roncalli convened the Ecumenical Council of Vatican II and introduced a liberalism that had the unexpected ... not aware that this teaching stood as a sharp negation of the traditional Christian teachings on nature and grace .

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Being and Authenticity

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Author: Xunwu Chen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004495807

Category: Religion

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This book presents a creative approach to the problem of individual authenticity. What is authenticity? What are its necessary conditions? How is an authentic self possible in society? What are the relationships of authenticity, morality, and happiness? The book examines a wide range of questions in Eastern and Western thought, to which it gives novel answers.
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Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation

The Risk of Interpretation: OnBeing Faithful to the Christian Tradition ina NonChristian Age. ... Wisdom of Solomon. ... Grant, Robert M.Heresy andCriticism: The Search for Authenticity in Early Christian Literature.

Author: Matthew Levering

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441219619

Category: Religion

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How do human beings today receive divine revelation? Where and in what ways is it mediated so that all generations can hear the fullness of the gospel? In this volume, distinguished theologian Matthew Levering shows that divine revelation has been truthfully mediated through the church, the gospel, and Scripture so that we can receive it in its fullness today. Levering engages past and present approaches to revelation across a variety of traditions, offering a comprehensive, historical study of all the key figures and perspectives. His thorough analysis results in an alternative approach to prevailing views of the doctrine and points to its significance for the entire church.
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