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Revelation and Reconciliation

Stephen Williams

Revelation and Reconciliation

Stephen Williams

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This book challenges the interpretation offered by some contemporary theologians of the place of epistemological questions in the turn against Christianity in the West. It shows how the story may be read as an attack on reconciliation more fundamentally than revelation. It includes discussions of Locke and Nietzsche, Barth's interpretation of the eighteenth century, and the revisionist theologian Don Cupitt. Offering a striking new dimension to discussions of modernity, it will appeal to theologians and philosophers alike.

- Publisher Professor Williams's book addresses the turn against Christianity in the West. The author challenges some contemporary theologians' focus on epistemological objections to revelation and argues for the need to focus instead on anthropological objections to reconciliation. Discussing Locke, Nietzsche, and Barth's characterisation of the eighteenth century as 'absolutist', Williams demonstrates the sensibility which found repugnant the notion of a divine reconciling action through Christ in history, as does the modern. Williams shows that the driving force behind Nietzsche and Don Cupitt alike is a rejection of the Christian view of humanity and redemption. Revelation and Reconciliation concludes that either we have refuge in Christ or no refuge at all, but that we have no refuge in Christ without the crucifixion.

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About "Revelation and Reconciliation"

This book challenges the interpretation offered by some contemporary theologians of the place of epistemological questions in the turn against Christianity in the West. It shows how the story may be read as an attack on reconciliation more fundamentally than revelation. It includes discussions of Locke and Nietzsche, Barth's interpretation of the eighteenth century, and the revisionist theologian Don Cupitt. Offering a striking new dimension to discussions of modernity, it will appeal to theologians and philosophers alike.
- Publisher

Professor Williams's book addresses the turn against Christianity in the West. The author challenges some contemporary theologians' focus on epistemological objections to revelation and argues for the need to focus instead on anthropological objections to reconciliation. Discussing Locke, Nietzsche, and Barth's characterisation of the eighteenth century as 'absolutist', Williams demonstrates the sensibility which found repugnant the notion of a divine reconciling action through Christ in history, as does the modern. Williams shows that the driving force behind Nietzsche and Don Cupitt alike is a rejection of the Christian view of humanity and redemption. Revelation and Reconciliation concludes that either we have refuge in Christ or no refuge at all, but that we have no refuge in Christ without the crucifixion.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Stephen Williams

Stephen N. Williams (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of systematic theology at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Revelation and Reconciliation: A Window on Modernity; The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity; The Limits of Hope and the Logic of Love: Essays on Eschatology and Social Action and Joshua (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) with J. Gordon McConville
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Spotlight On Epistemology
  • 2. Restoring Some Faith In Locke
  • 3. Troubled Giant
  • 4. According To Nietzsche
  • 5. The Way Of Don Cupitt
  • 6. Reconciliation In History
  • Postscript: The One, The Three And The Many
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 100512
  • Product Code 0521484944
  • EAN 9780521484947
  • Pages 200
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Feb 1996
  • Dimensions 217 x 138 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.247kg

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