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Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood

Author: James K A Smith
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic, [2014]
Series: Church and postmodern culture.
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"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  Read more...
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Title: Who's afraid of relativism? : community, contingency, and creaturehood /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: James K A Smith
ISBN: 9781441248367; 1441248366; 9781441245762; 1441245766
Notes: Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Content: "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.
Description: 1 online resource (186 pages).
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.
Responsibility: James K.A. Smith.
Genre/Form: Electronic books.
Additional Physical Format: Print version: Smith, James K.A., 1970- Who's afraid of relativism? (DLC) 2013048241 (OCoLC)849787502
Year: 2014
Standard Numbers: Stock no: 70DB0B02-8EF3-4828-9EB7-652691F8B282
Class Descriptors: LC Class No.: BT40; Dewey No.: 230.09/034
Series: The church and postmodern culture; Variation: Church and postmodern culture.
OCLC No.: 881726080

Abstract:

"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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