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The Word As True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology [Paperback]

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 19, 2004
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664257453  
EAN  9780664257453  

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The author follows the threads of theology through the twentieth century, examining how Christians have reconciled their myth-filled religious beliefs within a world secularized by Enlightenment criticism and science. To understand how religion keeps its place in Christians' lives, the author writes, we must explore how modern theologians have ansered the question of myth in today's Christianity.

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The twentieth century saw a wide variety of theological stands that were often confusing. Gary Dorrien sorts through theological trends by focusing on the notions of Christ and word. He presents the story of recent theology in a narrative style that makes the book ideal for classroom use, integrating the major theologians of the century along with other developments in philosophy and culture.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.He is the author of seventeen books that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. His most recent book, Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology, won the PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers as the best book in Theology and Religious Studies of 2012. He lives in New York.

Gary Dorrien has an academic affiliation as follows - Union Theological Seminary, USA.

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A critical reading of liberal theology  Jan 15, 2000
In this suprisingly brief work, Dorrien offers a sympathetic yet critical reading of the various positions liberal theologians since Schleiermacher have taken vis-a-vis the role of myth in Christian theology. He demonstrates how this development has been affected by an understaniding of myth itself which has gone from myth as primitive superstition to myth as essential mode of religious expression and existence. As a bonus one gets a fine capsule summary of some of the major themes of theologians such as Barth, Tillich, R. Niebuhr, Bultmann and some other, lesser-known figures. An extended discussion of the evolving work of Langdon Gilkey provides a sort of pivot-point from "classical" liberalism to newer theological projects in which a more muscular notion of transcendence is recovered. The closing chapter offers tantalizing glimpses of a possible future work by Dorrien in the nature of a "new neo-orthodoxy" which goes beyond Barth's theological ghettoism. Included here is a highly salutary though somewhat clipped description of C.S. Lewis' own intriguing notions about the nature of myth in Christian doctrine. Get this one!

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