Returning to Reality

Christian Platonism for our Times
Lutterworth Press
  • erschienen am 26. Februar 2015
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  • 228 Seiten
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Could it be that we have lost touch with some basic human realities in our day of high-tech efficiency, frenetic competition, and ceaseless consumption? Have we turned from the moral, the spiritual, and even the physical realities that make our lives meaningful? These are metaphysical questions -questions about the nature of reality- but they are not abstract questions. These are very down to earth questions that concern power and the collective frameworks of belief and action governing our daily lives.This book is an introduction to the history, theory, and application of Christian metaphysics. Yet this book is not just an introduction, it is also a passionately argued call for a profound change in the contemporary Christian mind. Paul Tyson argues that as Western culture's Christian Platonist understanding of reality was replaced by modern pragmatic realism, we turned not just from one outlook on reality to another, but away from reality itself. This book seeks to show that if we can recover this ancient Christian outlook on reality, reframed for our day, then we will be able to recover a way of life that is in harmony with human and divine truth.
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Paul Tyson is an Honorary Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is author of 'Faith's Knowledge' (2013).
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Information
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Two Views of Reality
  • 2. The Christian Platonism of Lewis and Tolkien
  • Bridge
  • 3. The Mythos of Modernity
  • 4. Platonist Ideas in the New Testament
  • 5. How Christian is Christian Platonism?
  • 6. So What Went Wrong?
  • 7. Is Modern Truth, without Wisdom, Believable?
  • 8. Returning to Reality
  • Bibliography
  • Back Cover
"The historical positions and basic metaphysical/theological stance will resonate with those sympathetic to John Milbank's Radical Orthodoxy project. Tyson intends his book to be accessible to a wide audience. He succeeds in terms of his clearly narrated historical arguments, and he makes an effort to define unfamiliar terms along the way. ... Undergraduate religion and theology majors would benefit from the book, as would graduate students in theology."
- Andrew C. Stout, Theological Book Review, Vol. 27 No.1, 2016

"Tyson's impassioned call for a reinvigoration of Christian Platonism is thought provoking and a joy to read. Above all Returning to Reality succeeds as a masterful statement of the problem ... of a hollowed out Christianity divorced from its metaphysical roots in late modernity. ... There is much to appreciate in Tyson's book."
- Derek Michaud, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Volume 24, Issue 3, July 2017

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