Communicating The Faith Indirectly

Author: Paul L. Holmer
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0227174119
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Communicating The Faith Indirectly from the Author: Paul L. Holmer. In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004) not only made important contributions to recent theology, but was also much in demand as a public speaker and preacher. He was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987). In 2005, following his death, his family donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School Library. In this, the third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers: 'Communicating the Faith Indirectly', the reader will see his deep concern with the problems and possibilities of the sermon, liturgy, ministry, and spirituality. Inspired by Soren Kierkegaard's reflections on "indirect communication," and by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Holmer not only reveals his strenuous reflection on the sermon, but also gives concrete examples of his own efforts to communicate, enabling his hearers and readers to "make sense" of their lives. In the first part of this volume, Holmer reflects upon Kierkegaard's "indirect communication," a communication not of knowledge but of human capacity. In other pieces the theologian turns to liturgy, ministry, and spirituality. In the second part of this volume, the reader sees his own challenging, uncompromising practice of religious communication, in a selection of his sermons, addresses, and prayers. For anyone concerned with sermons, liturgy, spirituality, and the challenges of ministry, Holmer's essays and addresses will prove indispensable. This is the third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, which includes also volume 1, 'On Kierkegaard and the Truth', and volume 2, 'Thinking the Faith with Passion: Selected Essays'. David J. Gouwens is Professor of Theology at Brite Divinity School. He is the author of 'Kierkegaard's Dialectic of the Imagination' (1989) and 'Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker' (1996). Lee C. Barrett III is Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is the author of 'The Heidelberg Catechism' (2007), 'Foundations of Modern Theology: Kierkegaard' (2009), and co-editor of 'Kierkegaard and the Bible' (2010). 'This volume is such a gift to those of us who loved Paul Holmer and were shaped by his thought. It is a thrill to hear his distinctive voice again in these pages. This book may be even more a gift to those who have never read or heard Holmer. Now you will get to see what all the fuss is about. Be forewarned, however: do not open this book casually. You might be forever changed as well.' Martin B. Copenhaver, Wellesley Congregational Church. 'Holmer is both philosopher and theologian, providing sage advice for anyone who loves the church. The sermons, most of which are appropriately based on some letter of St. Paul, advise the church on a variety of pitfalls on the path of the Christian life, urging steadfastness against worldliness, reminding us of the power of the consciousness of immortality, and making clear the place of thought in the Christian life.' Ronald E. Hustwit, College of Wooster."

Thinking The Faith With Passion

Author: Paul L. Holmer
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0227174127
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Thinking The Faith With Passion from the Author: Paul L. Holmer. In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987), made many important contributions to recent theology. One of the most insightful American students of Kierkegaard of his generation, Holmer perceived early on Wittgenstein's importance for theology, and employed both thinkers to inspire his own fresh consideration of perennial issues in philosophical theology: understanding, belief, faith, the emotions, and the importance of the virtues. While best known for his essays in 'The Grammar of Faith' (1978), Holmer penned numerous other interesting and original essays, some published but many unpublished, which circulated widely in typescript during his tenure at Yale. In 2005, his family donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School Library. In reviewing the papers, the editors have chosen a selection of his most seminal essays, beyond those in 'The Grammar of Faith', demonstrating the breadth and range of his contributions. In this, the second volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, the editors present pieces that illuminate four significant areas of Holmer's contributions: essays on Kierkegaard; essays on Wittgenstein; theology, understanding, and faith; and emotions, passions, and virtues. Taken together, these essays invite in-depth exploration of the thought of this important American philosophical theologian. The series also includes volume 1, 'On Kierkegaard and the Truth', and volume 3, 'Communicating the Faith Indirectly: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers'. 'Disciplined by a careful, undogmatic appropriation of Wittgenstein's later achievements, Paul Holmer may just be the best balanced and most plainspoken expositor of Kierkegaard's ethical-religious thought in the English language to date. Holmer was an outstanding teacher, and this collection is a treasure for those privileged to hear his lectures and for those who did not.' Robert L. Perkins, Stetson University. 'This collection of previously published and unpublished essays by Paul L. Holmer on a wide range of topics demonstrates his incisive thought and writing on some of the perplexing 'knots of understanding' in philosophy and theology, which he sought to untie with exceptional acuity and conceptual clarity by way of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and his own pioneering efforts in the rehabilitation of virtue ethics in our time.' Sylvia Walsh, Scholar in Residence, Stetson University. David J. Gouwens is Professor of Theology at Brite Divinity School. He is the author of 'Kierkegaard's Dialectic of the Imagination' (1989) and 'Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker'. Lee C. Barrett III is Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is the author of 'The Heidelberg Catechism', 'Foundations of Modern Theology: Kierkegaard', and co-editor of 'Kierkegaard and the Bible'.

Communicating Faith

Author: John Sullivan
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 0813217962
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Communicating Faith from the Author: John Sullivan. This book enriches appreciation of the many ways that Christian faith is communicated. It casts light on the sensitivities, skills, and qualities necessary for the effective communication of faith, where justice is done both to the "seed" to be sown and to the "soil" being cultivated.

On Kierkegaard And The Truth

Author: Paul L. Holmer
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0227680049
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On Kierkegaard And The Truth from the Author: Paul L. Holmer. Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004) was one of the most significant American students of Kierkegaard of his generation. Although written in the 1950s and 1960s, Holmer's theological and philosophical engagement with Kierkegaard challenges much contemporary scholarly discussion. Unlike many, Holmer refuses reductionist readings that tie Kierkegaard to any particular "school." He likewise criticizes biographical readings of Kierkegaard, much in vogue recently, seeing Kierkegaard rather as an indirect communicator aiming at his reader's own ethical and religious capacities. Holmer also rejects popular existentialist readings of Kierkegaard, seeing him as an analyzer of concepts, while at the same time denying that he is a "crypto-analyst." In his important reading of Kierkegaard on "truth," Holmer pits Kierkegaard against those who see "truth" empirically, idealistically, or relativistically. His carefully textured account of Kierkegaard's conceptual grammar of "truth" in ethical and religious contexts addresses immediately current discussions of truth, meaning, reference, and realism versus antirealism, relativism, and hermeneutics. It will be of great interest to all interested in Kierkegaard and his importance for contemporary theology and philosophy.

S Ren Kierkegaard

Author: Daniel W. Conway
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415235877
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S Ren Kierkegaard from the Author: Daniel W. Conway.

God And Passion In Kierkegaard S Climacus

Author: Johannes Corrodi Katzenstein
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161491955
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God And Passion In Kierkegaard S Climacus from the Author: Johannes Corrodi Katzenstein. Johannes Corrodi Katzenstein offers a contribution to the current debate on Kierkegaard, mostly concerning the rationality of religious belief and the presumed religious neutrality (autonomy) of philosophical and scientific thought. More specifically, his book is an attempt to relate Kierkegaard's theory of the stages of life (aesthetic, ethical, religious) to issues that have been of utmost concern to Anglo-American (analytical) philosophy, such as the nature of truth, rational knowledge, objectivity, etc. From this angle, Kierkegaard turns out to be not the irrationalist he has often been made into but rather the outspoken witness of a passion that guides all thinking, i.e. the passion to think what cannot be thought. An attempt is made to show that for Kierkegaard, anticipating some of the arguments of contemporary postsecular philosophy, the ideal of pure or autonomous reason inevitably has its basis in a pre-rational, often tacit commitment to an origin whose primary home is in religious faith. Rather than precluding dialogue, awareness of these deeper forces and starting-points of our various philosophical and scientific outlooks is a critical requirement for mutual understanding between secularist and religious perspectives and traditions competing for cultural and political dominance.

Kierkegaard Communication And Virtue

Author: Mark A. Tietjen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253008719
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Kierkegaard Communication And Virtue from the Author: Mark A. Tietjen. In contrast to recent postmodern and deconstructionist readings, Mark A. Tietjen believes that the purpose behind Kierkegaard's writings is the moral and religious improvement of the reader. Tietjen defends Kierkegaard against claims that certain features of his works, such as pseudonymity, indirect communication, irony, and satire are self-deceived or deceitful. Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue reveals how they are directly related to the virtues or moral issues being discussed. In fact, Tietjen argues, the manner of presentation is a critical element of the philosophical message being conveyed. Reading broadly in Kierkegaard’s writings, he develops a hermeneutics of trust that fully illustrates Kierkegaard’s aim to evoke faith in his reader.

Becoming A Contagious Christian

Author: Mark Mittelberg
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780310237716
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Becoming A Contagious Christian from the Author: Mark Mittelberg. This guidebook is designed with both you and your students in mind. Included in its pages is everything you'll need to help students discover and develop their unique evangelism styles.

Religion Rationality And Community

Author: Robert Gascoigne
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400950519
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Religion Rationality And Community from the Author: Robert Gascoigne. This study is an attempt to examine the relationships between religious belief and the humanism of the Enlightenment in the philosophy of Hegel and of a group of thinkers who related to his thought in various ways during the 1840's. It begins with a study of the ways in which Hegel attempted to evolve a genuinely Christian humanism by his demonstration that the modern understanding of man as a free and rational subject derived its strength and validity from the union of God and human existence in the incarnation. The rest of this study is con cerned with two different forms of opposition to Hegel: first, the criti cal discipleship of the Young Hegelians and Moses Hess, who insisted that Hegel's notion of Christian humanism was false because religious belief was necessarily inimical to a clear consciousness of social evil and the determination to abolish it; second, the religious opposition to the Enlightenment in the thought of Schelling and Kierkegaard, which emphasized God's transcendence to human reason and the insig nificance of secular history. In the years leading up to the revolution of 1848, Hegel's synthesis was rejected in favour of the assertion of atheistic humanism or religious otherworldliness. Chapter One, after discussing the young Hegel's critique of the social and political effects of Christianity, examines the union of religi ous belief, speculative philosophy and the rational state in Hegel's mature system.