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Robert A. Markus - Saeculum: History & Society in the Theology of St Augustine (1970, rev 2007) | Cambridge University Press
Significant intro to rev'd edition, included in downloaded frontmatter along with TOC and original Preface. -- In this book Professor Markus's main concern is with those aspects of Augustine's thought which help to answer questions about the purpose of human society, and particularly with his reflections on history, society and the Church. He relates Augustine's ideas to their contemporary context and to older traditions, and shows which aspects of his thought he absorbed from his intellectual environment. Augustine appears from this study as a thinker who rejected the 'sacralization' of the established order of society, and the implications of this for a theology of history are explored in the last chapter. -- Downloaded frontmatter, excerpt & index via Air to DBOX - added to Evernote
books  downloaded  intellectual_history  theology  philosophy_of_history  Late_Antiquity  Early_Christian  Augustine  human_nature  eschatology  social_order  Providence  teleology  religion-established  politics-and-religion  religious_culture  Roman_Empire  paganism  pluralism  secularism  Roman_religion  secularization  Papacy  ecclesiology 
september 2016 by dunnettreader
Robert A. Markus The End of Ancient Christianity (1990) |Cambridge University Press
Highly recommended by Patrick Boucheron -- This study is concerned with one, central historical problem: the nature of the changes that transformed the intellectual and spiritual horizons of the Christian world from its establishment in the fourth century to the end of the sixth. Why, for example, were the assumptions, attitudes and traditions of Gregory the Great so markedly different from those of Augustine? The End of Ancient Christianity examines how Christians, who had formerly constituted a threatened and beleaguered minority, came to define their identity in a changed context of religious respectability in which their faith had become a source of privilege, prestige and power. Professor Markus reassesses the cult of the martyrs and the creation of schemes of sacred time and sacred space, and analyzes the appeal of asceticism and its impact on the Church at large. These changes form part of a fundamental transition, perhaps best described as the shift from "Ancient" toward "Medieval" forms of Christianity; from an older and more diverse secular culture towards a religious culture with a firm Biblical basis. -- Downloaded TOC, Preface & excerpt via Air to DBOX - added to Evernote
books  downloaded  religious_history  religious_culture  politics-and-religion  religion-established  Christianity  Roman_Empire  Late_Antiquity  Early_Christian  paganism  secularization  Roman_religion  pluralism  eschatology  Augustine  Gregory_the_Great  Church_history  Papacy  ecclesiology 
september 2016 by dunnettreader
David Brakke - Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas | The Great Courses
Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas
Professor of religious studies and history at Ohio State
24 lectures
Uniformly rave reviews from people with good academic background in Early Christianity and comparative religion
Neoplatonism  theology  eschatology  ecclesiology  manichaean  gnostic  heterodoxy  creation  late_antiquity  hermeneutics  Early_Christian  archaeology  esotericism  manuscripts  audio  proto-orthodox  evil  soteriology  church_history  video  religious_history  courses  Trinity  God-attributes  heresy 
april 2016 by dunnettreader
Nitzan Lebovic - Introduction - to issue "Political Theology" (2008) | JSTOR - New German Critique
No. 105, Political Theology (Fall, 2008), pp. 1-6 -- Articles in issue -- György Geréby, Political Theology versus Theological Politics: Erik Peterson and Carl Schmitt (pp. 7-33) *--* Christiane Frey, χλη̑σις/Beruf: Luther, Weber, Agamben (pp. 35-56) *--* Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky and Catharine Diehl, The Image of Happiness We Harbor: The Messianic Power of Weakness in Cohen, Benjamin, and Paul (pp. 57-69) *-'* Samuel Moyn, Hannah Arendt on the Secular (pp. 71-96) *--* Nitzan Lebovic, The Jerusalem School: The Theopolitical Hour (pp. 97-120) *--* Arnd Wedemeyer, Herrschaftszeiten! Theopolitical Profanities in the Face of Secularization (pp. 121-141) *--* Benjamin Lazier, On the Origins of "Political Theology": Judaism and Heresy between the World Wars (pp. 143-164) -- Introduction downloaded to Note
article  journals-academic  jstor  intellectual_history  theology  political_philosophy  politics-and-religion  political-theology  Schmitt  Arendt  secularization  secularism  Luther  Weber  Judaism  entre_deux_guerres  Holocaust  downloaded  post-WWII  Cold_War  eschatology  Benjamin 
october 2015 by dunnettreader
William Junker, review - Hans Boersma, Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa | Marginalia - October 2015
Hans Boersma, Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach, Oxford University Press, 2013, 304pp., $40 Hans Boersma’s latest book describes…Boersma didn't find what he was looking for - support for the 20thC trend of "spiritual ontology" that focuses on the earth, Nature, Creation, etc. as already sacred - the review discusses the various problems with trying to align different approaches to the sacred during this life (especially Platonism and Neoplatonism which involves both an upward motion into the light and a recovery of the original Good of the created world) with the heavily linear eschatology embraced by the early Christian theologians. So he really doesn't get much into the Embodiment issue that Boersma deals with in what Boersma sighs is just a traditional theological history.
Instapaper  books  reviews  Early_Christian  theology  Plato-Republic  Plato-religion  Neoplatonism  eschatology  creation  from instapaper
october 2015 by dunnettreader
Elaine Housby - Book Review: American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton | LSE Review of Books
American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism. Matthew Avery Sutton. Harvard University Press. Harvard University Press. 2014. -- With American Apocalypse, Matthew Avery Sutton aims to draw on extensive archival research to document the ways an initially obscure network of charismatic preachers and their followers reshaped American religion, at home and abroad, for over a century. Elaine Housby is impressed with this readable contribution.
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march 2015 by dunnettreader
Patrick H. Hutton - Vico and the End of History | JSTOR: Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Fall 1996), pp. 537-558
Uses Paul Kennedy as comparator for finding patterns in the past to think about the future, and Fukuyama for apocalyptic philosophy of history -- downloaded pdf to Note - in separate folder for the papers from this special issue
article  jstor  intellectual_history  historiography  philosophy_of_history  Vico  Hegelian  eschatology  declinism  cycles  downloaded  EF-add 
august 2014 by dunnettreader
Adam Timmins, review - Kerwin Lee Klein, From History to Theory (2011) | Reviews in History
Recommended -- Timmins gives high marks for 1st chapters from professionalization thru logical positivism and obsession with covering laws. Next 2 (linguistic and cultural turns) weaker mostly because they had little impact on actual practice of historians. Tyen picks up with Memory Studies. "However, the Holocaust argument is not the only one that can made to account for the rise of Memory. Pierre Nora has argued that ‘we are obsessed with memory because we have destroyed it with historical consciousness’. Another argument posits that memory ‘is a new category of experience that grew out of the modernist crisis of the self in the nineteenth century and then gradually evolved into our current usage’. A third states that ‘memory is a mode of discourse natural to people without a history, and so its emergence is a salutary feature of decolonization’. However, none of these explanations on their own can fully account for the memory boom. The roots of the rise in memory lead into Klein’s’ final chapter, which ‘takes off the academic gown’ and examines how memory is used by the right-wing Christian movement in the US to reduce history to eschatology."
books  reviews  intellectual_history  historiography  20thC  Logical_Positivism  analytical_philosophy  philosophy_of_history  linguistic_turn  postmodern  memory_studies  right-wing  eschatology 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
In the Middle: Confessio lapidis - Jeffrey Cohen - Feb 2012
Introduction to the last chapter of his book draft - see other post re impact of Aristotle and anima on 13thC notions of souls (tripartite for human - vegetative, sensible, rational), classification of material world, and Albertus Magnus opus on minerals, insisting they had no souls yet assigning agency to features of particular minerals especially as linked with biology, human usage.

Now held in the Bodleian Library, the Fairfax 3 manuscript of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis contains on its opening page a vivid illustration of an episode narrated later in the poem’s prologue: the biblical king Nebuchadnezzar is dreaming in bed (fol. 002r, upper left corner). A tall man, seemingly composed of a variety of materials, looms in menacing stillness over his sleeping form. This figure’s face is turned towards the slumbering king and thus cannot be discerned by us. A craggy boulder levitates behind and above the bed, at eye level to the standing form. As we read the poem itself (Prol. 585–880) and perhaps recall the story told in the Book of Daniel upon which it is based, we realize that this rock is hurtling, meteor-like, from the side of a mountain to a fateful rendezvous with an immense statue haunting Nebuchadnezzar’s sleep. The stone, small because approaching from such distance, will smash the strange form to dust “With which ston al tobroke was … al was into pouldre broght” 621, 623). Gower follows Daniel in describing the statue as a monstrous embodiment of human time, smashed when “A gret ston from an hull on hyh / Fel doun of sodein aventure” (618-19). This knowledge makes the illustration come to life. The rock becomes kinetic and perilous: the boulder hurtles towards the bed, towards the menacing statue, and therefore towards us.
medieval_history  Medieval  English_lit  Biblical_allusion  Golden_Age  time  eschatology  materialism  posthumanism 
december 2013 by dunnettreader
Izabella Kaminska - World War Zirp | FT Alphaville Oct 2013
Which begs the question: what drives the ongoing belief in some quarters that outright financial apocalypse is nigh? And why is an interest in financial apocalypse so appealing and believable to so many? It’s almost as if some of these people want World War Zirp to transpire.

Perhaps the question we should really be asking then is who stands to gain most if and when the dark ages do return upon us? And is this really the clue to what’s motivating the doom-monger rhetoric?

Those who stand to benefit, of course, are the very same people who have always thrived during periods of Darwinian adversity — a.k.a. known history — the muscle, the smarts and the divinely favoured (and relatives thereof).

No coincidence that these also happen to be the people that stand to be most disempowered (in relative terms) in an increasingly technologically abundant future.

The law-finance paradox and the issue of hierarchy

It’s then that we realise that this crisis is really all about hierarchy maintenance. And by that we mean that it’s not nominal wealth being threatened anymore, but the social positioning and influence that that wealth used to be able to acquire.
financial_crisis  investment  eschatology  capital_markets  inequality  social_theory  hierarchy  status  EF-add 
october 2013 by dunnettreader

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