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The Sense of Life and the Sense of the Universe

The Sense of Life and the Sense of the Universe studies in contemporary theology

Autor: Michael Heller
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ISBN: 9788362259021 Okładka: twarda z obwolutą
Liczba stron: 182 s. Rok wydania: 2010

Questions concerning the sense of man and the sense of the unvierse are closely related. In fact, they constitute one Big Question. Man is genetically connected to the universe and the origins of man have their roots in the history of the universe. If the universe has sense then it most probably embraces man since he is a part or, even more, an element of the structure of the universe. Would it be possible for man to have a senseful existence in a senseless universe?

Reflections by the roadside (a few introductory remarks)
PAR T I. On the Role of Philosophy
CHAPTER 1. Between Theology and Science

1. Methodological description
2. Method and content
3. Presuppositions – but where from?
4. The philosophical presuppositions of theology?
CHAPTER 2. Presuppositions of Science?
1. The problem of “presuppositions”
2. Does the world exist?
3. The comprehensibility of the world and rationalism
4. The presupposition of order
5. The presuppositions of methodological positivism
6. Why is a theologian interested in the presuppositions of science?
CHAPTER 3. Does Christian Philosophy Exist
1. The dispute over Christian philosophy
2. Lessons from history
3. The problem today
4. The criteria of agreement
5. Attempted conclusions
PAR T II . Language and Truth
CHAPTER 4. On the Matter of the Language of God

1. Theology and the problems physicists have with language
2. The evolution of concepts
3. The quantum world and noncommutativity
4. Noncommutative geometry
5. The noncommutative regime in physics
6. Timelessness and dynamics
7. Dynamics and causality
8. Instead of conclusions
CHAPTER 5. Two Truths
1. Incoherence in views
2. A few remarks on the principle of non-contradiction
3. The stances towards contradiction
4. Paraconsistent logic
5. Logic and “the world turned upside down”
6. From classical logic to non-classical logic
7. Rationality and Transcendence
PAR T III . Naturalism and Evolution
CHAPTER 6. Christian Naturalism

1. Nature and naturalism
2. Naturalistic monism
3. Saving theology
4. The radicalism of tradition
5. Theology and imagination
6. Dum Deus calculat mundus fit
CHAPTER 7. The Theory of Evolution and Theology
1. Introduction
2. Why should the theologian not combat the theory of evolution?
3. The problem of suffering
4. Evolution and freedom
5. Evolution and theologians
PAR T IV . Creation and Sense
CHAPTER 8. The Logic of Creation

1. Docta ignorantia
2. From the logic of language
3. Language and interpretation
4. Genetic code
5. The language of the brain
6. “Illicit jump”
7. New logic
CHAPTER 9. The Sense of Life and the Sense of the Universe
1. The Great Question
2. The sense of the moment
3. From the theory of meaning
4. Meaning and sense
5. The mystery of the universe
6. A concerned question
7. From the theological perspective
8. The human drama
9. As a warning against anthropomorphism
10. The contribution to the theology of creation
11. Cosmology and eschatology


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