The Resource Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood, James K.A. Smith

Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood, James K.A. Smith

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Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood
Title
Who's afraid of relativism?
Title remainder
community, contingency, and creaturehood
Statement of responsibility
James K.A. Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
"Smith introduces the philosophical sources behind postliberal theology. Offering a provocative analysis of relativism, Smith provides an introduction to the key voices of pragmatism: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, and Robert Brandom. Many Christians view relativism as the antithesis of absolute truth and take it to be the antithesis of the gospel. Smith argues that this reaction is a symptom of a deeper theological problem: an inability to honor the contingency and dependence of our creaturehood. Appreciating our created finitude as the condition under which we know (and were made to know) should compel us to appreciate the contingency of our knowledge without sliding into arbitrariness. Saying "It depends" is not the equivalent of saying "It's not true" or "I don't know." It is simply to recognize the conditions of our knowledge as finite, created, social beings. Pragmatism, says Smith, helps us recover a fundamental Christian appreciation of the contingency of creaturehood."--Publisher description
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NhCcYBP
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1970-
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Smith, James K. A.
Index
index present
LC call number
BT40
LC item number
.S656 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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ProQuest (Firm)
Series statement
The church and postmodern culture
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  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig
  • Rorty, Richard
  • Brandom, Robert
  • Philosophical theology
  • Relativity
  • Pragmatism
  • Christian philosophy
Label
Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood, James K.A. Smith
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
"It depends" : creation, contingency, and the specter of relativism -- Community as context : Wittgenstein on "meaning as use" -- Who's afraid of contingency? : owning up to our creaturehood with Rorty -- Reasons to believe : making faith explicit after Brandom -- The (inferential) nature of doctrine : postliberalism as Christian pragmatism -- Epilogue: How to be a conservative relativist
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (186 pages.) :
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781441248367
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
99972760907
System control number
(NhCcYBP)11864460
Label
Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood, James K.A. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"It depends" : creation, contingency, and the specter of relativism -- Community as context : Wittgenstein on "meaning as use" -- Who's afraid of contingency? : owning up to our creaturehood with Rorty -- Reasons to believe : making faith explicit after Brandom -- The (inferential) nature of doctrine : postliberalism as Christian pragmatism -- Epilogue: How to be a conservative relativist
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (186 pages.) :
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781441248367
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
99972760907
System control number
(NhCcYBP)11864460

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