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By Scott Cowdell

ISBN-10: 160608223X

ISBN-13: 9781606082232

Australian theologian Scott Cowdell explores how "having religion" has replaced below the effect of modernity and post-modernity within the West. He returns religion from pious sentimentality and arid philosophy of faith to the area of "participating knowing," "paradigmatic imagination," and private transformation the place it belongs as a "form of life," formed via stumble upon with Jesus Christ and labored out in the course of the Eucharistic group. this can be proven to were the common knowing of religion from Saint Paul to the Fathers to the medieval monastic theologians. because the upward thrust of nominalism, in spite of the fact that, glossy participants reflecting a God newly distant from the realm have struggled to keep up this participatory imaginative and prescient of religion as a formative habitat. Mysticism is as shut as modernity received, whereas "officially" religion was once annexed by way of smooth Western tradition, coming to percentage its nervous desire for simple task and control--systemic, specific, and violent-tending.

Scott Cowdell has written a wide-ranging ebook, bringing jointly a number of in most cases separate debates whereas tackling the matter from a particular point of view. He explores religion opposed to the backdrop of secularization, the cave in of group, and the encroachment of an deliberately destabilizing customer tradition. He expounds the character of wish by way of imitation and contention, and the violent false-sacred roots of cultural formation glaring within the smooth West's many sufferers, all in accordance with the uniquely finished imaginative and prescient of René Girard. eventually, he dismisses modern day turning out to be temper of militant non secular skepticism as philosophically superseded and out of its intensity ahead of the resilient self assurance of a real residing religion. What Cowdell calls "abiding religion" emerges as a venerable but strikingly modern probability. this can be excellent news for cutting-edge "homeless hearts"--there is the present of a safe identification and a mature spirituality on supply, inside of a freeing, inclusive, world-affirming, ecclesial type of existence.

"Scott Cowdell is extraordinary. He works on an unlimited canvas and demonstrates a competence within the technical literature moment to none; but he writes in a compelling means a few mystical, relational religion that could and may be the foundation of a contemporary, western apologetics. A journey de strength that warrants cautious study."
--Ian Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary

"A theology of tremendous studying and beneficiant spirit, infrequent in its mystically tinged yet resolute religion. Even the non-Giradian reader could treasure the 'modest metaphysics' and 'participatory realizing' through which Cowdell builds his postmodern bridge among conventional and revolutionary faith."
--Catherine Keller, Professor of positive Theology, Drew University

Scott Cowdell is an affiliate professor at Charles Sturt college, Australia and holds a examine fellowship in public and contextual theology. An Anglican priest, he's Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

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