Experience and God

Experience and God

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 240g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195018478
  • 9780195018479

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The prevailing attitude toward religion today, in the opinion of the author, who is professor of philosophy at Yale, is one of indifference. The failure to understand the religious dimension of life, and the failure of theologians to keep pace with dominant trends in modern thought are responsible for this situation. Only radical reflection and self-criticism, on the part of both philosophy and theology, can overcome this situation. The present divorce between theology and philosophy, dating at least from Aquinas, reaches its final stage in the contemporary situation. But this divorce need not continue. Professor Smith calls in question both the self-imposed limitations of theology based too strictly on revelation and the activities of philosophy preoccupied with the refinement of its own operations. Both are summoned to concern themselves with the full range and depth of human experience, a major aspect of which is the recovery of God. In developing these themes, the author writes lucidly, with much wise insight and a temperate tone. Though primarily for students of philosophy and theology, it can offer the serious lay reader substantial stimulation and encouragement. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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