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Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology

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This book examines the influence of the Enlightenment on theology, arguing that its legacy did not profoundly affect the importance of tradition; that the ways of older theology hold a surprising relevance; and that the unity between theology and spirituality is once again discerned.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 26th 1989 by OUP Oxford (first published August 4th 1983)
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Before reviewing this book I should tell you not to buy this edition. I purchased this for around $50(147 pages, paperback), because I needed it for a class. After purchasing it I discovered that Eighth day books had their own published edition for half the price. Pagination was exactly the same. I would like to think my version has higher quality paper and uses more expensive glue in the binding, though I can't be sure. On to the review:

This book provides an excellent critique on where the Enli
John Roberson
Louth seeks to reunite theory and practice, theology and spirituality. Marshalling an impression collection of scholarship, Louth reconsiders academic pursuits not as abstract knowledge but discernment of the mystery we behold. A strong criticism of certain extreme conclusions regarding theology drawn from the Enlightenment and a ressourcement of a more organic, holistic, human theological endeavor.
Really really good. Develops from TSEliot's point about ' dissociation of sensibility.'
The second half of the book was interesting, I'm not sure the first half is necessary anymore.
Read this for a class on the Song of Songs. it's exquisite, more of a review to come....
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Andrew Louth is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and priest of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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