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."

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.

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'.

Facing The Crisis

Author: Denis E. Hurley
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Facing The Crisis from the Author: Denis E. Hurley.

The Logic Of Faith

Author: Antonio L. McDaniel
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1463443110
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The Logic Of Faith from the Author: Antonio L. McDaniel. Behold, I give you faith! Now, you have the ability to move and live and breathe in confidence; that everything you touch will work; all that you think about will become a positive influence and change lives; you will even become wealthy in the process. It would be absolutely wonderful for God to make that pronouncement to us and it becomes so. Fortunately and to what may be the ultimate paradox, the kind of faith we seek will only come by trials, perseverance, and yes, it is a journey that we all must take. Faith increases as it is used and grows exponentially when it is tested. The true depth of these "tests of faith" does not come because you decide to seek or pursue God more; these tests come because "faith" is alive and demands to be fed, even challenged. Admittedly, faith does appear to be somewhat illogical, but most goals or feats of greatness are often met with resistance; in the end, when the goal has been met, the feat obtained and the journey completed, it is only then, in clear hindsight that you realize that this was a test of your faith; subsequently, as you reflect on your travels, you think about all the things that you would have changed or done differently, only to later realize that if things were different you may not be who you are. The Logic of Faith is a reasonable a step along the path of your journey; through personal experiences, some good, some not so good, I share my experiences and trials of faith, so you can be enlightened and encouraged as you continue on your journey of understanding. Once you embrace and unite with your faith, the world will truly become your oyster and it will not matter where you are or what you are facing. My wife, Phyllis and our two sons, Ryan and Corban, are enjoying our journey of faith together; a journey that currently has us residing in Katy, Texas and a faith that will allow us to continue to move and live and have our being in Him.

The Catcher In The Rye And Philosophy

Author: Keith Dromm
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812698029
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The Catcher In The Rye And Philosophy from the Author: Keith Dromm. Few novels have had more influence on individuals and literary culture than J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Published in 1951 and intended by Salinger for adults (early drafts were published in the New Yorker and Colliers), the novel quickly became championed by youth who identified with the awkwardness and alienation of the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Since then the book and its reclusive author have been fixtures of both popular and literary culture. Catcher is perhaps the only modern novel that is revered equally by the countless Americans whom Holden Caulfield helped through high school and puberty and literary critics (such as the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik who insisted as recently as 2010 that Catcher is a "perfect" twentieth-century novel). One premise of The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy is that the ease and sincerity with which readers identify with Holden Caulfield rests on Salinger’s attention to the nuances and qualities of experience in the modern world. Coupled with Salinger’s deft subjective, first-person style, Holden comes to seem more real than any fictional character should. This and other paradoxes raised by the novel are treated by authors who find answers in philosophy, particularly in twentieth-century phenomenology and existentialism--areas of philosophy that share Salinger’s attention to lived, as opposed to theorized, experience. Holden’s preoccupation with “phonies,” along with his constant striving to interpret and judge the motives and beliefs of those around him, also taps into contemporary interest in philosophical theories of justice and Harry Frankfurt’s recently celebrated analysis of "bullshit." Per Salinger’s request, Catcher has never been made into a movie. One measure of the devotion and fanatical interest Catcher continues to inspire, however, is speculation in blogs and magazines about whether movie rights may become available in the wake of Salinger’s death in 2010. These articles remain purely hypothetical, but the questions they inspire--Who would direct? And, especially, Who would star as Holden Caulfield?--are as vivid and real as Holden himself.