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Stories of desire and narratives of faith : from Neanderthals to the postmodern era

Author: Victor L Hunter; R Lanny Hunter
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Stories are the foundation for identity and the ground of understanding. Stories of Desire and Narratives of Faith addresses humankind's search for identity and meaning through the stories of science and religion. Both arose in the mists of history. Both are awe inspiring. Both beggar the imagination. Both have always competed for authority. Science gained preeminence in our postmodern, pluralistic, globalized world  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor L Hunter; R Lanny Hunter
ISBN: 1532662270 9781532662270 9781532662287 1532662289
OCLC Number: 1097254279
Description: viii, 224 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part One : What? : the evolution of practically everything --
Mommy, tell me a story --
Language --
Writing --
Stories, songs, and poems --
A long and longing journey through colliding narratives --
Certitude --
The quest for truth that makes us free and whole --
The atomic age and quantum universe --
Space, time, and mass --
Molecules, cells, and creatures --
Narrative and metanarrative --
The human tribe and its planet --
Societies and stratification --
Civilization in contention : tensions between civil power and religious authority --
Pushing the boundaries of survivability --
Thinking about thinking --
Ancient text-based religions --
Religions : seers, sages, saviors, and renouncers --
Informed critique and rambling notions --
Science and religion : how do we know things? --
Part Two : So what? : a Christian perspective on the dynamic of faith --
Beings of desire : the yearning heart --
Narrative theology --
Christian identity : from Pentecost to the present moment --
Functions of narrative for Christian theology --
A coherent Christian faith --
Giving an account --
A coherent Christian hope --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Victor Hunter, MDiv, DMin, Lanny Hunter, MD.

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Stories are the foundation for identity and the ground of understanding. Stories of Desire and Narratives of Faith addresses humankind's search for identity and meaning through the stories of science and religion. Both arose in the mists of history. Both are awe inspiring. Both beggar the imagination. Both have always competed for authority. Science gained preeminence in our postmodern, pluralistic, globalized world as evidenced based, while religion (for many reasons) lost credibility. Yet religion has not disappeared. Stories is a concise, engaging, inspiring accessible account of the history of science (geological and biological evolution perceived through increasingly sophisticated technology) and the history of nine text-based world religions of antiquity. Stories avoids insider language, democratizing both God talk and scientific jargon without patronizing either. There is no attempt to identify the best or truest religion, and Stories disavows dogmatic religious triumphalism. The authors do follow the tradition of giving an account of their Christian faith, the only religious story with which they have experience. They invite others to do the same, paying attention to their own stories as they grapple with modern science, do theology, and engage faith. Stories proposes how and in what manner these disciplines can meaningfully converse in today's world.

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