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Truth and Subjectivity, Faith and History

  • By Varughese John
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Description: What is truth? Philosophical explorations have merely presupposed truth, rather than define it. The inscrutable nature of truth is a recognition of human finitude, which is both Socratic (the recognition that one does not know) and non-Socratic (the recognition that truth has to be given from without). This opens the way to locating truth outside the individual, which can be appropriated only when the condition to recognize it is given. For Kierkegaard, the incarnation of Christ is the point when both revelation and the condition to recognize it, are given. However, incarnation, being historical, raises the question of objectivity and evidence. This book explores what truth implies for the individual and examines the value of historical research for Christian faith. Endorsements: ""John admirably balances the claims of rational truth and historical experience, through a close reading of Kierkegaard. In doing so, he has successfully reoriented Christian apologetics to a postcolonial mission. In an Asian turn to apologetics, he contrasts Western intellectual and spiritual hubris with the humility of the devout idolater, rendering the cultural crossroad of India contemporary with the New Testament."" --Richard Nelson author of Aesthetic Frontiers ""A big part of the challenge Varughese John takes on in the present volume is to sort out the various aspects of confusion over subjective truth. To my mind he carries off the investigation very well. What fascinates me especially about Professor John's approach, moreover, is the way he draws upon key aspects of the classical and contemporary traditions of India. Up to now the names of figures such as Ramānujā and Amartya Sen, for example, have appeared all too rarely on the pages of discussions of Kierkegaard's works, but, with this study as a model, one may hope that they will appear more and more frequently in the future."" --from the foreword by Andrew J. Burgess Professor of Philosophy University of New Mexico ""Concerned with the vital question of the nature of truth from a Christian perspective, Truth and Subjectivity, History and Faith represents a significant dialogue with Kierkegaard's thought at the intersection of Eastern and Western culture, Hindu thought, and Christian faith. The result is a careful and illuminating exposition of Kierkegaard's thought and its relevance in an Indian context . . . this book marks a significant moment in the widening impact of Kierkegaard studies around the world, and the intercultural engagement of Christian theology with other religions."" --Myron Bradley Penner Associate Priest The Anglican Parish of Christ Church About the Contributor(s): Varughese John is RZIM Chair of Apologetics at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies SAIACS] at Bangalore, India.

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    • SKU: 9781498262705
    • Manufacturer: Pickwick Pubn
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781498262705
    • Publication Date: 09/01/2012
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Varughese John
    • Page Count: 178
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 0.44 inches
    • Length: 9.00 inches
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