Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Book!




… fiction               p      … authors
… history                a      … readers
… meta                     r         … texts    
… narrative                ables    … poetics

  

Paul Ricoeur was one of the most prolific thinkers of the twentieth century. There have been many books written on Ricoeur’s philosophy, but very little is available on his theological trajectory and its connection to biblical interpretation. Living Hermeneutics aims to fill that lacuna and brings to life the diverse ways in which Ricoeur’s work can contribute to and open up viable possibilities for critiquing both modernist and postmodernist orientations, while offering new theological and hermeneutical directions for understanding the text, the reader, and the world. This book is aimed at a broad student audience, as well as the interested general reader who would like to know more about Ricoeur.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - August 17



Letting go of assumed truths about God that turn out not to be true is not betrayal, but wisdom. As enshrined as these assumptions sometimes can be, abandoning them for the evolving ‘truer’ is a worthwhile and challenging adventure that knows no end.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 16


Empirical data is a persuasive informer, which can tempt us to believe it’s all there is. Yet, numerous difficulties arise here, not least the aspect that so much of our lives are non-empirical. Consider thoughts, emotions, imaginations, and a self-referential talking to ourselves. These ‘invisibles’ are a strong argument against the reductionistic tendencies of empiricism and for a reality that includes the unseen.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Reflection for the Week - August 14


A supposedly insurmountable antagonism towards self – self-hate – read as a continual experience of fault and denial, undoes dialogue and strikes at the heart of selfhood. That is, when trust and suspicion cancel each other out, there will be little or no capacity to change self-hate. What and who to trust and what and who to be suspicious of, if suspended in this manner, result in a default adherence to the status quo. To break the cycle of the same, it must be realized that trust and suspicion orientations cannot rest solely on the self, and other informers have to be taken into consideration. When an embrace of a dialogue with these reliable informers takes place it can help to validate appropriate trust and suspicion, and thereby expose self-hate as a lie, eventually replacing it with a finite, yet genuine picture of a truer self to love and be loved, in the configuration of oneself as another.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Musings - August 11





In the midst of the often troubled relationship between theology and science, there is the need to promote a viable theology for scientific times; let’s say, a renewed search for optimal understanding and intelligibility. Our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis is one of the forerunners in this discussion. We focus uniquely on the creation narratives and how to better interpret them in light of the natural world informer. 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - August 10


Catharsis, while an indispensable part of the broken journey towards our destiny, is not an end in and of itself. Rather, deep release is to lead to renewed conviction that in spite of the tragic circumstances that have so horribly blown the world apart, God is eventually going to transform everything.

Such a poetic and imaginative impulse will gradually lure us in the direction of a confident, yet humble faith, as we live in the mysteries of the present and look towards the uncertainties of the future.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 9


It’s almost as if the “poetic moment” is a suspension of time, in time.

That is, this interruption allows for spontaneity in the creative impulse to slash through the stark and monotonous ticking of the clock. The, aesthetically charged, opens up imaginative possibilities for us to be in contact with that which is beyond, while we remain tethered to what is within. Fascinating !

 

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