Veritas

". . . the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
In much contemporary discourse, Pilate's question has been taken to mark the absolute boundary of human thought. Beyond this boundary, it is often suggested, is an intellectual hinterland into which we must not venture. This terrain is an agnosticism of thought: because truth cannot be possessed, it must not be spoken. Thus, it is argued that the defenders of "truth" in our day are often traffickers in ideology, merchants of counterfeits, or anti-liberal. They are, because it is somewhat taken for granted that Nietzsche's word is final: truth is the domain of tyranny.
Is this indeed the case, or might another vision of truth offer itself? The ancient Greeks named the love of wisdom as philia, or friendship. The one who would become wise, they argued, would be a "friend of truth." For both philosophy and theology might be conceived as schools in the friendship of truth, as a kind of relation. For like friendship, truth is as much discovered as it is made. If truth is then so elusive, if its domain is terra incognita, perhaps this is because it arrives to us--unannounced--as gift, as a person, and not some thing.

The aim of the Veritas book series is to publish incisive and original current scholarly work that inhabits "the between" and "the beyond" of theology and philosophy. These volumes will all share a common aspiration to transcend the institutional divorce in which these two disciplines often find themselves, and to engage questions of pressing concern to both philosophers and theologians in such a way as to reinvigorate both disciples with a kind of interdisciplinary desire, often so absent in contemporary academe. In a word, these volumes represent collective efforts in the befriending of truth, doing so beyond the simulacra of pretend tolerance, the violent, yet insipid reasoning of liberalism that asks with Pilate, "What is truth?"--expecting a consensus of non-commitment; one that encourages the commodification of the mind, now sedated by the civil service of career, ministered by the frightened patrons of position.

The series will therefore consist of two "wings": (1) original monographs; and (2) essay collections on a range of topics in theology and philosophy. The latter will principally by the products of the annual conferences of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy (www.theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk).
Conor Cunningham Eric Austin Lee Series editors
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  1. Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management

    Lyndon Shakespeare - USE 45993

    Cascade / AUG 2016

    "The church needs effective leaders."
    "We must be more missional."
    "Better organization is required."
    Such sentiments are commonplace among Christians concerned with the health and... read more »
  2. Cosmic Purpose

    Toyohiko Kagawa, Thomas John Hastings

    Cascade / MAR 2014

    On Christmas Eve in 1909, twenty-one-year-old Kagawa Toyohiko (1888-1960) rented a room in Kōbe's worst slum where, apart from two years of study in the United States, he remained with his wife and... read more »
  3. Covering Up Luther

    Rustin E. Brian

    Cascade / MAR 2013

    Karl Barth's Christology provides a key to out-narrating the Deus absconditus, which, as Rustin Brian contends, is in fact the god of modernity. Included in this is the rejection of the logical and... read more »
  4. Diagonal Advance

    Anthony D. Baker

    Cascade / NOV 2011

    Diagonal Advance argues for a radical revision of Christian thinking about the purpose of human life. Perfection is neither a vertical drop from the divine, nor a horizontal progression through... read more »
  5. Embracing Our Finitude

    Stephan Kampowski

    Cascade / MAY 2018

    Memento mori—remember death—this is how the medieval monks exhort us. Our life, given in birth and taken by death, is radically marked by finitude, which can be a source of great... read more »
  6. Ever-Moving Repose

    Sotiris Mitralexis

    Cascade / APR 2017

    Sotiris Mitralexis offers a contemporary look at Maximus the Confessor's (580-662 CE) understanding of temporality, logoi, and deification, through the perspective of contemporary philosopher and... read more »
  7. Facing the Other

    Nigel Zimmermann

    Cascade / JUL 2015

    What is the significance of the body? What might phenomenology contribute to a theological account of the body? And what is gained by prolonging the overlooked dialogue between St. John Paul II and... read more »
  8. Gift and the Unity of Being

    Antonio Lopez

    Cascade / NOV 2013

    Starting from both our originary experience of being given to ourselves and Jesus Christ's archetypal self-donation, Gift and the Unity of Being elucidates the sense in which gift is the... read more »
  9. Human and Divine Being

    Donald Wallenfang

    Cascade / APR 2017

    Nothing is more dangerous to be misunderstood than the question, "What is the human being?" In an era when this question is not only being misunderstood but even forgotten, wisdom delivered by the... read more »
  10. Love and the Postmodern Predicament

    D. C. Schindler

    Cascade / MAY 2018

    The computer has increasingly become the principal model for the mind, which means our most basic experience of “reality” is as mediated through a screen, or stored in a cloud. As a... read more »

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