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Analogy of Love: Divine and Human Love at the Center of Christian Theology Paperback – August 1, 2007
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"It is certainly an impressive achievement. The author sticks to his purpose and each article is examined from his chosen standpoint. The book could confidently be used as a starting point for conversation with undergraduates and ministerial training courses."(Tim Gorringe)
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Everything I've published to date has been non-fiction. I write about law, politics, ethics, and religion, largely from a philosophical perspective.
My philosophical work is very much in the analytic tradition, though I'm inclined to embrace the process metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, John Cobb, and David Ray Griffin. In moral and political philosophy, I've been influenced by people including Thomas Nagel, John Finnis, David Wiggins, and Owen Flanagan, along with my Center for a Stateless Society compatriots Roderick T. Long, Charles W. Johnson, Kevin Carson, Sheldon Richman, Joe Stromberg, and Brad Spangler. In philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, I've gained a lot from current and not-so-current thinkers including, apart from people I've already mentioned, Karl Rahner, Nicholas Lash, Austin Farrer, David Brown, John Macquarrie, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Robert Adams, Fritz Guy, Charles Teel, Jr., David Larson, and John Hick.
Politically, I'm a left-wing market anarchist. I take anarchism to be the project of doing without the state. I support the elimination of states and their replacement by a diverse array of consensual communities in which people experiment with ways of being human and of being free.
I'm a market anarchist because (while I don't think everyone should be forced into a cookie-cutter mold), I'd opt for a state-free community in which people enjoyed robust individual possessory rights and were free to structure relationships through exchange. My market anarchism is left-wing because I support inclusion and oppose subordination, deprivation, and aggressive and preventive war. I own the American individualist anarchists, especially Benjamin Tucker and Lysander Spooner, as forebears; thus, I'm happy to identify as a socialist in something like the sense suggested by Tucker's work.
My day job is as associate dean of La Sierra University's School of Business. At La Sierra, I teach courses in business ethics, global poverty, employee and labor relations, religion and science, political philosophy, and social theory. On a more personal level: I'm sentimental and nostalgic. I'm an insomniac, an early riser, a geek, a technophile, and a vegetarian. I abhor positional authority. Friendship is central to who I am. Born in Glendale, I've lived in SoCal most of my life and it still moves and excites me. I devour TV shows via Netflix. And I read, and read, and read.
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Several weeks have passed since I finished a close reading of _The Analogy of Love_ by Gary Chartier. When I came across it accidentally, I was hopeful that Chartier would attempt to answer specific religious and philosophical questions that I’ve been struggling with for years. I had not been able to find satisfying treatments of, what seemed to me to be, fundamental problems with normative Christian thought. Is it possible to have an experience of God that is more than purely subjective? What evidence is there that “God is love”? If Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was a pivotal moment in history, why has nothing in our reality changed? and so on.
Chartier’s treatment of these type of questions, and his conclusions, would spark a lot of debate at the church picnic. His take on atonement, sin, creaturely freedom, universal salvation, and other topics are not immediately recognizable as consistent with normative Christian doctrine, but I believe he is on to something. His use of logic, formal argument, and giving a fair hearing to opposing views gives his conclusions an authority and credibility that I have found lacking in most of what I have read of Christian theology. He acknowledges that much of that theology is aimed toward explaining the internal logic of it. But what sincerely doubting people often need, and can’t readily find, is a fair treatment of the external logic of Christianity, which _Analogy_ does.Read more ›