Fools for Christ

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Nov 7, 2001 - Religion - 182 pages
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The Holy is too great and too terrible when encountered directly for men of normal sanity to be able to contemplate it comfortably. Only those who cannot care for the consequences run the risk of the direct confrontation of the Holy. This book is a study of six men who ran this risk.
Balancing the negative and positive points of view throughout these six essays, Jaroslav Pelikan has written a brilliant examination of the three questions: the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
With Kierkegaard and Paul, Dr. Pelikan looks into the relationship between the True and the Holy. With Dostoevsky and Luther, it is the Good and the Holy and with Nietzche and Bach, it is the Beautiful and the Holy.
In the first two he draws on the whole history of Western thought. In the second two, he looks into the background of Christian morality, and in the last two, he reaches all the way back to the Greeks in his penetrating study of Western aesthetics.
Philosophy, theology, ethics, and aesthetics - they are all here. Beyond them all, Dr. Pelikan shows how the Holy cannot be captured and held by any of them, although the attempt is frequently made. Rather the Holy must remain unqualified, transfiguring within itself the experience of the True, the Good, or the Beautiful.
 

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Contents

The Holy and the True
1
The Truth in Christ
28
The Holy and the Good
56
The Goodness of God
85
The Holy and the Beautiful
118
The Beauty of Holiness
145
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Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is also the author of 'Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages' and 'Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition'.

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