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Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham


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Contents: Introduction Chapter One: The Twofold Account of Creation: and the Hermeneutical Problem Chapter Two: Creation and the Meaning of Divine Omnipotence Chapter Three: The Ontological Implications of the Unfolding of Creation, for Creatures and Creator Chapter Four: Creation and Divine Solicitude for Mankind Chapter Five: Creation and the Meaning of Good and Evil Chapter Six: Pollution and Purgation Chapter Seven: Abram from the Calling to the Covenant Chapter Eight: Abraham at the Peak Chapter Nine: Kierkegaard's Challenge Conclusion

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Like all of Thomas Pangle's work, Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham is stunningly erudite and discerning. Pangle makes splendid use of the great commentators and critics, listening to voices as diverse as the Rashi, Maimonides, Ibn Ezra, Calvin, Spinoza, and Kierkegaard, but Pangle's argument is very much his own. He is intellectually relentless, wrestling with titanic questions, arguing with elegance and clarity. -- Wilson Carey McWilliams, Rutgers University The dialogue between philosophic rationalism and faith-based wisdom is here brought back to life with a depth and intensity that is unique in contemporary thought and discourse. -- Hillel Fradkin, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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Thomas L. Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His many acclaimed publications include The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age; The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke; and Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism.


His goal is ambitious-nothing less than to reinvigorate what he describes as 'the encounter between political philosophy and the Bible' at the highest intellectual level. -- Ralph C. Hancock First Things Noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle discusses the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Shofar An enticing introduction to the richly provocative debate about fundamental questions of faith raised among the Bible's greatest students-Augustine and Aquinas, Ibn Ezra and Maimonides, al-Ghazali and Averroes, Luther and Calvin-and an array of writers from ancient and modern philosophical traditions as well... No one who follows Pangle's investigation could fail to be moved by the weight and force of the deeply serious moral world of the Bible. Weekly Standard A far more sophisticated and erudite, but by no means less passionate, plea for the restitution of the Biblical vision of world order than is observable amongst the American evangelical right is found in Thomas Pangle's Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham... A tribute to the resources of the religious intellect. Muslim World Pangle takes the reader on a fascinating tour of a period in Western intellectual history when modernist philosophy takes its leave of biblical authority. Choice Of all his excellent books, Pangle seems to have taken the greatest care in writing Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham. Every sentence, every phrase, every word counts. Claremont Review of Books This wise book is of considerable merit and importance. -- James V. Schall Review of Metaphysics

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