Faithful to the Earth: Nietzsche and Whitehead on God and the Meaning of Human Life

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Religion - 185 pages
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On the surface, Friedrich Nietzsche and Alfred North Whitehead represent very different positions on God and the meaning of human life. Put simply, Nietzsche is an atheist belief in God, he argues, denies the value and meaning of human life. Whitehead says the opposite human life finds no meaning unless God exists. Faithful to the Earth, winner of the Bross Prize for Christian Scholarship that is awarded only once every 10 years, goes way beyond contrasting the theist with the atheist. J. Thomas Howe argues that Whitehead's understanding of God lays the foundation for a religious life strikingly similar to that described in Nietzsche's tragic, but affirmative, philosophy. In Howe's eyes, the theology of Whitehead provides a doctrine of God that is not subject to Nietzsche's criticism of Christianity. For Whitehead, religious life is not opposed to life in the world."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Death of God and the Problem of Nihilism
11
The Rise and Development of the ChristianMoral Interpretation Part 1 Socratic Platonism
31
The Rise and Development of the ChristianMoral Interpretation Part 2
55
Nietzsche and the Life of Affirmation
71
Whiteheads Criticism of the Classical Christian Doctrine of God
91
The Life and Sense of the World
111
Whiteheads View of God and the Religious Life
127
Conclusion
159
Bibliography
171
Index
179
About the Author
185
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\J. Thomas Howe is adjunct assistant professor of theology at Georgetown University. He serves on the Board of Distinguished Visitors: Council of Protestant Studies at the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.

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