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The Face of God

Roger Scruton

The Face of God

Roger Scruton

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Atheist culture involves a turning away from God. Scruton shows how self destructive this is for us and our culture. Starting with the so-called scientific world view, Scruton argues that this is the real source of our current doubts about belief in God. To Richard Dawkins, human beings are 'survival machines'. To enforce the argument that this is disastrous, two far reaching metaphysical world views are examined. Everything in the natural world happens according to scientific laws. Everything that happens is contingent. Drawing on Kant, Scruton argues to the contrary that we can step outside the chain of events and ask for an explanation of it. We can see beyond the limit of our visual field. We will only advance if we can see beyond the limits of our own thinking and attain to the 'transcendental' perspective that is God's. In all this, what are in fact our epistemological capacities? Why and to what end and for what reason is there a world that contains creatures like us? This is the realm of Natural Theology but in Scruton's penetrating argument it is transformed.

- Publisher Roger Scruton explores the place of God in a disenchanted world. His argument is a response to the atheist culture that is now growing around us, and also a defence of human uniqueness. He rebuts the claim that there is no meaning or purpose in the natural world, and argues that the sacred and the transcendental are 'real presences', through which human beings come to know themselves and to find both their freedom and their redemption. In the human face we find a paradigm of meaning. And from this experience, Scruton argues, we both construct the face of the world, and address the face of God. We find in the face both the proof of our freedom and the mark of self-consciousness. One of the motivations of the atheist culture is to escape from the eye of judgement. You escape from the eye of judgement by blotting out the face: and this, Scruton argues, is the most disturbing aspect of the times in which we live. In his wide-ranging argument Scruton explains the growing sense of destruction that we feel, as the habits of pleasure seeking and consumerism deface the world. His book defends a consecrated world against the habit of desecration, and offers a vision of the religious way of life in a time of trial.

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About "The Face of God"

Atheist culture involves a turning away from God. Scruton shows how self destructive this is for us and our culture. Starting with the so-called scientific world view, Scruton argues that this is the real source of our current doubts about belief in God. To Richard Dawkins, human beings are 'survival machines'. To enforce the argument that this is disastrous, two far reaching metaphysical world views are examined. Everything in the natural world happens according to scientific laws. Everything that happens is contingent. Drawing on Kant, Scruton argues to the contrary that we can step outside the chain of events and ask for an explanation of it. We can see beyond the limit of our visual field. We will only advance if we can see beyond the limits of our own thinking and attain to the 'transcendental' perspective that is God's. In all this, what are in fact our epistemological capacities? Why and to what end and for what reason is there a world that contains creatures like us? This is the realm of Natural Theology but in Scruton's penetrating argument it is transformed.
- Publisher

Roger Scruton explores the place of God in a disenchanted world. His argument is a response to the atheist culture that is now growing around us, and also a defence of human uniqueness. He rebuts the claim that there is no meaning or purpose in the natural world, and argues that the sacred and the transcendental are 'real presences', through which human beings come to know themselves and to find both their freedom and their redemption. In the human face we find a paradigm of meaning. And from this experience, Scruton argues, we both construct the face of the world, and address the face of God. We find in the face both the proof of our freedom and the mark of self-consciousness. One of the motivations of the atheist culture is to escape from the eye of judgement. You escape from the eye of judgement by blotting out the face: and this, Scruton argues, is the most disturbing aspect of the times in which we live. In his wide-ranging argument Scruton explains the growing sense of destruction that we feel, as the habits of pleasure seeking and consumerism deface the world. His book defends a consecrated world against the habit of desecration, and offers a vision of the religious way of life in a time of trial.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is a leading authority on aestheics, and has also published books on others aspects of philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and modern culture. Currently a freelance writer and composer, he was previously a Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.<BR>

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction \ 1.the View From Nowhere \ 2.the View From Somewhere \ 3. Where Am I? \ 4.the Face Of The Person \ 5. The Face Of God

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  • Catalogue Code 351507
  • Product Code 9781847065247
  • ISBN 1847065244
  • EAN 9781847065247
  • Pages 200
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
  • Publication Date Apr 2012
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.480kg

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