Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology

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SUNY Press, Jan 29, 1998 - Philosophy - 172 pages
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Anderson (Christian ethics, Vanderbilt U.) projects a vision of religious life that is derived from the tradition of American pragmatism, empirical theology, and the American philosophy of religion. He argues that there is a divine reality in human experience that, when encountered, gives meaning and value to people's need for cultural fulfillment and their religious need for self-transcendence. He commends the transformation and growth of both individuals and communities toward a society in which democratic utopian expectations are visualized and manifested. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

The Pragmatic Secularization of Theology
13
The Pragmatic Reconstruction of Theology
29
The Vitalist Argument in Theology
53
Pragmatism and Religious Realism
68
Relational Value Theory in Theology
80
Pragmatism and Theology Prospects of Rapprochement
93
Pragmatic Naturalism and Public Theology
110
Conclusion
133
Critical Bibliography
135
Works Cited
153
Index
161
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Victor Anderson is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Vanderbilt University, the Divinity School. He is the author of Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay in African American Religious and Cultural Criticism.

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