Faith in the Fires of Criticism

Christianity in Modern Thought

By Paul Avis

Faith in the Fires of Criticism

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  • ISBN: 9781597525824
  • Pages: 144
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2006
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00
Web Price: $16.00

Faith in the Fires of Criticism

Christianity in Modern Thought

By Paul Avis

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781597525824
  • Pages: 144
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2006
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00

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Have the 'fires' of modern criticism melted away Christianity's claim to truth? Seminal thinkers such as Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud argued that religious belief is nothing more than an illusion, triggered by our own psychological and social needs. Jung claimed that traditional Christianity was a gross distortion of the divine.

Paul Avis does not deny the reality of those human factors which shape our beliefs, but he argues that it is possible to take seriously both human distortions of religious truth and also the reality of the transcendent God. These in-depth studies of the most unsparing critics of Christianity point to the possibility of a faith chastened and refined in the fires of criticism.

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'Amid all the constraints under which Christian theology is compelled to operate in the modern context, the retrenchments and retractions forced by the fires of criticism, redemption can still be experienced through the gospel, adoration can still set our hearts on fire.'

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Paul Avis

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Paul Avis is General Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England and convening editor of Ecclesiology. His recent books include Anglicanism and the Christian Church (2002), A Church Drawing Near: Spirituality and Mission in a Post-Christian Culture (2003), A Ministry Shaped by Mission (2005) and Beyond the Reformation: Authority, Primacy and Unity in the Conciliar Tradition (2006) (all T. & T. Clark).

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