An Anthropological Defense of God
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Anthropology--the study of man--is unlike every other study because humans are its subject. And because we are its subject we cannot manage the philosophic and emotional distance necessary to see clearly. Unable to stand apart from ourselves to comprehend our own truth, we are compelled to assume things about ourselves that we cannot prove. In a word, anthropology begins in faith. Lloyd Sandelands approaches the anthropological quest for God by comparing the faiths of modern social science and of the Christian church.

Sandelands describes the social scientific faith articulated by Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Schopenhauer among others, as an imagined state of nature that sees the individual as solitary, self-sufficient, and contented. By contrast, the Christian faith unites us as male and female persons in one flesh before God. The challenge in the author's view is to decide which faith to build our lives upon. Sandelands poses questions about the basic terms of human study--what is a person, and what is society?--and how do the different metaphysics of science and Church lead to different anthropologies?

A worthwhile anthropology must address the questions of what constitutes human freedom, desire, and the nature of the good. Comparing the answers given by science and by the church, he finds that the one paradoxically denies freedom, denies want, and denies the good, while the other affirms freedom, affirms want, and affirms the good. Between these two anthropologies he finds there is but one true study of man.

A companion to Sandelands' Man and Nature in God, his most recent book, An Anthropological Defense of God attempts to establish that an anthropology in God succeeds where an anthropology in science fails. Such success is measured not only by its ideas and findings about man, but even more by its wisdom in teaching us how to live.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 110 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765803968
  • 9780765803962

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. "Human Nature" or "Human Being"
2. What is a Person?
3. What is Society?
4. Questions about Man
5. Anthropology in God
References
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-Based on the perspective, understanding, and wisdom offered by the Church, this insightful and provocative book challenges many assumptions of modern social science. It speaks to desires and longings that social scientific approaches often don't even begin to grasp, and reminds us that these longings are central to our existence as whole persons. I strongly recommend it.-
--Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Organization Studies, Boston College

-This is a deeply provocative book that is also intensely personal. Sandelands writes with clarity and elegance, making one of the most profound of all subjects God immensely understandable. Through his private reflections and scholarly analyses, Sandelands is enlightening. He invites the reader to share his passion for the divine and to come to understand his God. It is a thoughtful and engaging work that is sure to challenge one's beliefs in the divine.-
--Mary Ann Glynn, Fellow, Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Professor, Organizational Studies, Boston College "Based on the perspective, understanding, and wisdom offered by the Church, this insightful and provocative book challenges many assumptions of modern social science. It speaks to desires and longings that social scientific approaches often don't even begin to grasp, and reminds us that these longings are central to our existence as whole persons. I strongly recommend it."
--Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Organization Studies, Boston College

"This is a deeply provocative book that is also intensely personal. Sandelands writes with clarity and elegance, making one of the most profound of all subjects God immensely understandable. Through his private reflections and scholarly analyses, Sandelands is enlightening. He invites the reader to share his passion for the divine and to come to understand his God. It is a thoughtful and engaging work that is sure to challenge one's beliefs in the divine."
--Mary Ann Glynn, Fellow, Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Professor, Organizational Studies, Boston College "Based on the perspective, understanding, and wisdom offered by the Church, this insightful and provocative book challenges many assumptions of modern social science. It speaks to desires and longings that social scientific approaches often don't even begin to grasp, and reminds us that these longings are central to our existence as whole persons. I strongly recommend it."
--Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Organization Studies, Boston College

"This is a deeply provocative book that is also intensely personal. Sandelands writes with clarity and elegance, making one of the most profound of all subjects God immensely understandable. Through his private reflections and scholarly analyses, Sandelands is enlightening. He invites the reader to share his passion for the divine and to come to understand his God. It is a thoughtful and engaging work that is sure to challenge one's beliefs in the divine."
--Mary Ann Glynn, Fellow, Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Professor, Organizational Studies, Boston College
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