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Becoming Human: Kierkegaardian Reflections on Ethical Models in Literature
By author: Jamie Lorentzen
Product Code: P515
ISBN: 9780881465419
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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What does it mean to become a human being? This question was persistently repeated by Kierkegaard scholar Howard V. Hong (1912-2010) to students during his forty-year tenure at St. Olaf College. As one of Dr. Hong's students, Jamie Lorentzen never forgot the question-one that always pointed to the ethical upbuilding of individuals. Lorentzen's Kierkegaard studies inform commentary on how central characters in four works of literature help readers answer Howard Hong's question. Twain's Huck Finn becomes human by being an unwitting ethicist despite himself and the pro-slavery culture in which he was reared. Ishmael and Queequeg's embrace of the neighbor and outcast in Melville's Moby-Dick is an ethical counterpoint to Ahab's terrifying narcissism. Meanwhile, Ibsen's famous narcissist, Peer Gynt, offers an archetypal negative ethical model for becoming human. Finally, Dostoevsky's Father Zosima and Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov show how ethics informs human development in both secular and religious cultures.
Cosmic Defiance: Updike's Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories
By author: David Crowe
Product Code: H891
ISBN: 9780881465020
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John Updike once wrote that many of his works are "illustrations of Kierkegaard," and yet no current study provides an extended, convincing reason why this is so, why Updike came to live by Søren Kierkegaard's ideas. This study does, telling the story of Updike's life-altering encounter with Fear and Trembling in his early career, and tracing the subsequent evolution of Updike's complex and coherent theology.
Dialogues of Paul Tillich
By author: Mary Ann Stenger, Ronald H. Stone
Product Code: P235
ISBN: 9780865548336
Pages: 276
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The broad impact of Paul Tillich on present-day philosophical-theological thoughtforms--especially of Protestant Christianity--continues unabated into the new century. Stenger and Stone place Tillich in dialogue with past and present thinkers and show how theology can benefit from a critical reading and adaptation of Tillich's ideas.
Don Browning and Psychology: Interpreting the Horizons of Our Lives
By author: Terry D. Cooper
Product Code: P433
ISBN: 9780881462548
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 240
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This book focuses on Don Browning's rich investigative journey into Freud's dual instinct model, the relationship between human biology and culture, evolutionary psychology, William James's instinctual pluralism, Erik Erikson's notion of generativity, the ethical implications of self-actualization in the humanistic psychologies of Rogers and Maslow, evil and self-realization in Carl Jung, the place of self-injury in the thought of Heinz Kohut, and other issues.
Inconclusive Theologies: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Kierkegaard, and Theological Discourse
By author: Lisa D. Powell
Product Code: P475
ISBN: 9780881464634
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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Kierkegaard argued that Christianity is a lived religion, not a set of doctrines to be cognitively affirmed. This means theology's proper focus is reflection on revelation within the God-human relationship, and human existence-always in process and shaped by different communities, relationships, and contexts-is significant to theological construction. As Christian knowledge is a relationship that cannot be communicated directly, theology is never concluded and cannot adequately function within totalizing systems. The writings of seventeenth-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, provide an exemplary direction for contemporary theologies mindful of this need for indirect communication. Her writings show a respect of others' cognitive freedom and their differing contexts and perspectives. Utilizing the religious work of this woman from Mexico's colonial past, Powell builds a theological case for the inclusion of literary genres in the theological discipline, a move that resists western philosophy's dominance of form and opens the theological canon.

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