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By Taylor, Mark C

ISBN-10: 0226791696

ISBN-13: 9780226791692

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Religion, Mark C. Taylor argues in After God, is extra advanced than both its defenders or critics imagine and, certainly, is far extra influential than any people discover. Our international, Taylor continues, is formed by way of faith even if it really is least visible. religion and cost, he insists, are unavoidable and inextricably interrelated for believers and nonbelievers alike.

The first accomplished theology of tradition because the pioneering paintings of Paul Tillich, After God redefines faith for our modern age. This volumeis a thorough reconceptualization of faith and Taylor’s such a lot pathbreaking paintings but, bringing jointly a variety of strands of theological argument and cultural research 4 a long time within the making.

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“The distinguishing characteristic of Taylor’s occupation is a fearless, or even reckless, orientation to the recent and to no matter what demanding situations orthodoxy. . . . Taylor’s paintings is playful, perverse, rarefied, inventive, and sometimes brilliant.”—New York occasions Magazine


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14 Creation narratives in many religious traditions recount variations of a common myth of origin: the cosmos emerges from the interplay between the principles of order and chaos. This struggle is represented in the conflict between benevolent and malevolent deities whose specific characteristics vary from tradition to tradition. In the West, the ancient Babylonian epic recounting the battle between Marduk and the marine monster Tiamat reappears in the opening lines of Genesis: In the beginning of creation, when God made heaven and earth, the earth was without form and void, with darkness over the face of the abyss, and a mighty wind that swept over the surface of the waters.

Reason doubles self-reflection by joining consciousness and self-consciousness in strange loops that never completely close. The gap in the structure of self-reflexivity creates the opening for the indeterminacy without which creativity is impossible and the future is closed. At the highest level of schematization, symbols and myths integrate sense experience, information, and knowledge into patterns that provide meaning and purpose. Since the relation among these different levels and operations is simultaneous rather than sequential, different cognitive operations mutually condition each other.

In the opinion of many believers, however, reactionary responses are not only counterproductive but actually dangerous. Simplistic and unbending faith in a complex and changing world carries the threat of violence and destruction. To avoid disaster, progressive critics of reactionary foundationalism counsel the selective adaptation of beliefs and practices to changing circumstances. The nature, scope, and rate of change promoted by different groups lend them their specific identity. Regardless of period or context, such believers are liberals or modernists who understand that religious traditions and systems must change if they are to remain viable.

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