By Zygmunt Bauman, Stanislaw Obirek
During this enticing discussion, Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist and thinker, and Stanislaw Obirek, theologian and cultural historian, discover where of spirituality and faith on this planet this present day and within the daily lives of people. Their dialog levels from the plight of monotheistic religions forged onto a polytheistic global degree to the character of spiritual event and its effect on human worldviews and existence thoughts; from Messianic and Promethean rules of redemption and salvation to the prospect and customers of inter-religious discussion and the standards status in its way.While ranging from varied locations, Bauman and Obirek are pushed by way of an analogous challenge to reconcile the multiplicity of religions with the oneness of humanity, and to take action in a manner that avoids the catch of adhering to a unmarried fact, bearing witness in its place to the multiplicity of human truths and the range of cultures and faiths. For every little thing inventive in human lifestyles has its roots in human variety; it isn't human variety that turns brother opposed to brother however the refusal of it. the elemental situation of peace, harmony and benevolent cooperation between people is a willingness to simply accept that there's a multiplicity of how of being human, and a willingness to just accept the version of coexistence that this multiplicity calls for.
Read Online or Download Of God and Man PDF
Best religion books
Crucial paintings of the famed German thinker, this 1841 polemic--in the acclaimed translation by means of the distinguished English novelist George Eliot--asserts that faith and divinity are outward projections of internal human nature. Feuerbach's critique of Hegelian idealism excited speedy foreign cognizance — Marx and Engels have been rather inspired.
For the reconstruction of early Christianity, the lives of early Christians, their international of principles, their methods of dwelling, and their literature. Early Christian manuscripts - records and literary texts - are pivotal archaeological artefacts. even though, the manuscripts usually got here to us in fragmentary stipulations, incomplete or with gaps and lacking traces.
Secret and secrecy have been principal recommendations within the ritual, rhetoric, and sociological stratification of old Mediterranean religions. That the final word nature and workings of the divine have been mystery, and both couldn't or shouldn't be printed other than as a secret for the initiated, was once generally permitted between Pagans, Jews, after which Christians, either Gnostic and in a different way.
George of Trebizond (1396–1472/3) is likely one of the so much colourful figures of early Italian humanism. His translation of the dogmatic works of St. Basil the nice, commissioned by means of Cardinal Bessarion, may be obvious not just within the context of the cohesion Council of Ferrara-Florence but in addition when it comes to its singular function within the Plato-Aristotle controversy and in George’s significant falling-out with Bessarion.
- Adoring the Saints: Fiestas in Central Mexico (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere)
- The Shaman and the Heresiarch: A New Interpretation of the Li sao (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
- The Greek Passion
- The Apostolic Age in Patristic Thought (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, V. 70)
- Theologie als christliche Philosophie. Zur Bedeutung der biblischen Botschaft im Denken des Clemens von Alexandria
- Unearthing the Changes Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and Related Texts (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Extra resources for Of God and Man
For now I am left with the memory of unfinished conversations with Stanisław Lem, which were very moving to me at the time, and which I still come back to with a sense of amazement at his brilliance and rare sensitivity. I have written about them many times, but I would like to draw on them for the purposes of our conversation. Moved by the moral anxieties of Lem, I asked him where his great care for the world and for people came from. After all, I said stupidly, this is the domain of believers, ‘servants of God’, not atheists like him, who are indifferent to the moral condition of humankind.
SO So, I will begin from the end. You say, Zygmunt, that the breeding grounds of fundamentalisms, whether they be secular or religious, are the same – man’s longing for signs, certainties, which he does not find in himself, and therefore seeks, longingly searching for solutions, experts, authorities. This is true. I observe its accuracy even when reading the results of the Gallup study, which as usual encompasses the entire globe. Referring to selfidentification or declared affiliations, they examine fluctuations and changes among the religious community and those who call themselves atheists.
You say that my idea of paying tribute to one God in various forms is utopian. Agreed, but aren’t utopias a measure of changes that took place once upon a time and might even be happening before our very eyes? I truly believe this. The real problem with believers in monotheism is based on the fact that, on the one hand, they tolerate differences (everyone who believes in ‘my God’ becomes my brother or sister), but, on the other, they build new walls. And those walls cannot be crumbled – once I have possessed this one single truth, why should I keep searching?
Of God and Man by Zygmunt Bauman, Stanislaw Obirek