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Diagonal Advance

Perfection in Christian Theology

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Diagonal Advance by Anthony D. Baker
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Diagonal Advance argues for a radical revision of Christian thinking about the purpose of human life. Perfection is neither a vertical drop from the divine, nor a horizontal progression through social and personal development. Rather, it is a diagonal advance into the divine perfections through the perfecting of material culture. This vision is, the author argues, in line with the account of human ends that emerges from the Greek and Hebrew background, in the New Testament and in the classical Christian era. When the late medieval and early modern writers of theology and literature begin to name the problem differently, the classical vision is distorted, so that human perfecting and the divine perfections have little to do with one another. Through a critical engagement with contemporary texts, concluding with a dramatic revision of the Prometheus mythology, the author argues for a renewed diagonalizing of Christian perfection.

Author Biography

Anthony D. Baker is the Clinton S. Quin associate professor of systematic theology at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Release date Australia
January 28th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
SCM Press
Pages
350
Series
Dimensions
140x216x18
ISBN-13
9780334041801
Product ID
3628915

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