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Who's Afraid of Relativism?: Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood
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Many Christians view relativism as the antithesis of absolute truth and take it to be the antithesis of the gospel. Smith argues that this reaction is a symptom of a deeper theological problem: an inability to honor the contingency and dependence of our creaturehood. Appreciating our created finitude as the condition under which we know (and were made to know) should compel us to appreciate the contingency of our knowledge without sliding into arbitrariness. Saying "It depends" is not the equivalent of saying "It's not true" or "I don't know." It is simply to recognize the conditions of our knowledge as finite, created, social beings. Pragmatism, says Smith, helps us recover a fundamental Christian appreciation of the contingency of creaturehood.
This addition to an acclaimed series engages key thinkers in modern philosophy with a view to ministry and addresses the challenge of relativism in a creative, original way.
The Church and Postmodern Culture series features high-profile theorists in continental philosophy and contemporary theology writing for a broad, nonspecialist audience interested in the impact of postmodern theory on the faith and practice of the church.
|Title: Who's Afraid of Relativism?: Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood|
By: James K.A. Smith
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Series: Church and Postmodern Culture
Stock No: WW039737
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