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Author Maguire, Daniel C
Title Christianity Without God : Moving Beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, 2014
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Part I. God -- Chapter 1. Overture -- Critique and Promise -- Religions Run Riot -- Religion's Flawed Immune System -- Audiatur Altera Pars-Let the Other Side Be Heard -- Distracted by God: Atheists and Theists United -- Literalism Strips Metaphor Bare -- Atheists Defined by Their Opponents -- Religion as a Response to the Sacred -- Notice, No God-Talk There. Not a Bit of It -- The Separability of Dogmas and Morals -- Chapter 2. Deification -- Agnostic Theists -- The Lubricity of "God" -- The Apophatic Hideaway -- Humpty Dumpty Semantics -- Escape Routes -- The Bible -- Good God, Bad God -- Analogy to the Rescue -- Compartmentalizing the Bad God -- Morality and God-Talk -- The Abstract and Neutered God Solution -- Closeted Agnostics -- Can Jesus Help? -- Chapter 3. Proliferation -- Godly Sex Change -- God as Time-Traveler and Mutant Metaphor -- The Perils of Travel -- Proliferation and the Christian Gods -- Good God, Bad Dualism -- Chapter 4. The Beginning That Wasn't -- Back to the Agnostic Theists -- Elan Vital -- Defending God -- Back to the Nonbeginning -- Chance Versus Intelligent Design: And the Winner Is? -- Chance or Designer, the False Dichotomy -- The Alternative to Chance -- God and Billiards -- Part II. The Divinity of Jesus -- Chapter 5. The Greatest Story Never Told -- Once Upon a Time -- The Perils of Anachronism -- Which Jesus? -- The Docetist Escape -- Flaws Creep In -- Was the Church Jesus' Idea? -- Roman or Christian? -- The Constructed Jesus -- Could Anything Good Come Out of Nicaea? -- Bible to the Rescue? -- Jesus as Christological Nuisance -- Chapter 6. From Jesus to Christ -- Jesus Confused? -- Pope Peter? -- Competitive Deifications -- Gods Dying and Eaten -- But Why Did the Romans Crucify Him? -- Divinity as a Demotion -- The Fallacy of Misplaced Abstractness -- The Sequel -- The Art of Subversion
About Turning That Other Cheek -- Turning the other Cheek -- Getting Sued for Your Clothing -- Walk the Extra Mile -- Chapter 7. From Christianity to Cross-tianity -- The Pains and Gains of God-Making -- Seeds of Democratic Theory -- Jesus' Trek through History -- Bloodshed as Salvific -- The Fish That Got Away -- How Easily Things Are Broken -- Safety in Atheism? -- Part III. The Living Dead -- Chapter 8. From Hell to Jiggledeegreen -- Imagination Unbound -- The Bible on Afterlife -- Something Borrowed, Something New -- Problems with Resurrected Bodies -- Paul's Bottom Line -- Lost in the Clouds -- Rapture -- Heaven Here, Not Heaven Above -- How to Go to Hell -- Jiggledeegreen -- Afterlife as Metaphor and Apartheid -- Modern Agnosticism, Implicit and Explicit -- Immortality and the Evolution of Species -- Part IV. The Quest for a Global Ethic -- Chapter 9. When We Are as Remote as Charlemagne -- The Sky Is Falling -- Too Many People, Too Little Earth -- Conservatives as Worshippers of Dead Liberals -- The Infinity Lies -- The Gods Do Not Die from Denial, They Resurface -- The Kill-Power God -- Is It Too Late? -- A Word of Hope, Please! -- The End of Military History -- Chapter 10. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? -- Awakening from Moral Slumbers -- The Demise of National Sovereignty -- Embarrassed into Peace? -- The Other Vatican -- More Radical Religion -- Kairos -- Chapter 11. From Prose to Poetry -- Exodus/Sinai: History or Metaphor? -- Outlaws and Heretics -- The One Percent versus the Ninety-Nine Percent -- But Where Was God in All of This? -- The Arrogance of Genius -- What Makes a Classic a Classic -- Pragmatic Utopianism -- The Democracy Illusion -- Chapter 12. When History Turned a Corner -- The Pharaonic Alternative -- Idealism with an Eye to the Bottom Line -- Household versus Jungle -- Regulation and Taxation, Hebrew Style
"Wonder Bread" -- Recidivism -- But What of the Rest of Nature? -- The Power Curve -- Yahweh as Convert -- The Hope Dividend -- The Four Synoptic Gospels -- From Dilmun to Genesis -- Epilogue: The God Loss -- Notes -- Select Annotated Bibliography -- Further Readings on the "God" Hypothesis -- Jesus: The Man and the Myths -- Life After Death -- Resources for a Global Ethic -- Index
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Maguire, Daniel C. Christianity Without God : Moving Beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative Albany : State University of New York Press,c2014 9781438454054
Subject Jesus Christ -- Rationalistic interpretations.;Christianity -- Controversial literature
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