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Open Secret A New Vision for Natural Theology

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ISBN-10: 1405126914

ISBN-13: 9781405126915

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alister E. McGrath

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Natural theology, in the view of many, is in crisis. In this long-awaited book, Alister McGrath sets out a new vision for natural theology, re-establishing its legitimacy and utility. A timely and innovative resource on natural theology: the exploration of knowledge of God as it is observed through nature Written by internationally regarded theologian and author of numerous bestselling books, Alister McGrath Develops an intellectually rigorous vision of natural theology as a point of convergence between the Christian faith, the arts and literature, and the natural sciences, opening up important possibilities for dialogue and cross-fertilization Treats natural theology as a cultural…    
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List price: $66.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.90" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Natural Theology: Introducing an Approach
"Nature" is an Indeterminate Concept
Natural Theology is an Empirical Discipline
A Christian Natural Theology Concerns the Christian God
A Natural Theology is Incarnational, Not Dualist
Resonance, Not Proof: Natural Theology and Empirical Fit
Beyond Sense-Making: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful
The Human Quest for the Transcendent: The Context for Natural Theology
The Persistence of the Transcendent
Natural Theology and the Transcendent
The Triggers of Transcendent Experiences
The Transcendent and Religion
Thinking About the Transcendent: Three Recent Examples
Iris Murdoch: The Transcendent and the Sublime
Roy Bhaskar: The Intimation of Meta-Reality
John Dewey: The Curious Plausibility of the Transcendent
Accessing the Transcendent: Strategies and Practices
Ascending to the Transcendent from Nature
Seeing the Transcendent Through Nature
Withdrawing from Nature to Find the Transcendent Within Oneself
Discerning the Transcendent in Nature
Discernment and the Psychology of Perception
Perception is Brain-Based
Perception Involves Dynamic Mental Structures
Perception is Egocentric and Enactive
Perception Pays Attention to Significance
Perception Can Be Modulated by Motivation and Affect
Human Perception and Natural Theology
Conclusion to Part I
The Foundations of Natural Theology: Ground-Clearing and Rediscovery
The Open Secret: The Ambiguity of Nature
The Mystery of the Kingdom: Jesus of Nazareth and the Natural Realm
The Levels of Nature: The Johannine "I am" Sayings
Gerard Manley Hopkins on "Seeing" Nature
A Dead End? Enlightenment Approaches to Natural Theology
The Enlightenment and its Natural Theologies: Historical Reflections
The Multiple Translations and Interpretations of the "Book of Nature"
The Flawed Psychological Assumptions of the Enlightenment
The Barth-Brunner Controversy (1934) and Human Perception
Enlightenment Styles of Natural Theology: Concluding Criticisms
A Christian Approach to Natural Theology
On "Seeing" Glory: The Prologue to John's Gospel
A Biblical Example: The Call of Samuel
The Christian Tradition as a Framework for Natural Theology
Natural Theology and a Self-Disclosing God
Natural Theology and an Analogy Between God and the Creation
Natural Theology and the Image of God
Natural Theology and the Economy of Salvation
Natural Theology and the Incarnation
Conclusion to Part II
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: An Agenda for a Renewed Natural Theology
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Expanding the Vision for Natural Theology
Natural Theology and Truth
Resonance, Not Proof: Natural Theology and Sense-Making
The Big Picture, Not the Gaps: Natural Theology and Observation of the World
Natural Theology, Counterintuitive Thinking, and Anthropic Phenomena
Natural Theology and Mathematics: A "Natural" Way of Representing Reality
Truth, Natural Theology, and Other Religious Traditions
On Retrieving the Richness of Truth
Truth and a Natural Theology of the Imagination
Natural Theology and Beauty
Recovering the Place of Beauty in Natural Theology
The Neglect of Beauty: The "Deconversion" of John Ruskin
Hugh Miller on the Aesthetic Deficiencies of Sense-Making
John Ruskin and the Representation of Nature
The Beauty of Theoretical Representations of Nature
Beauty, Awe, and the Aesthetic Engagement with Nature
Aesthetics and the "Seeing" of Beauty
Beauty, Natural Theology, and Christian Apologetics
Natural Theology and Goodness
The Moral Vision of Reality
Natural Theology and Natural Law
The Eternal Return of Natural Law
The Moral Ambivalence of Nature
The Knowability of Goodness in Nature
The Discernment of Goodness: The Euthyphro Dilemma
Conclusion to Part III