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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori/Triumph; annotated edition edition (October 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764814095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764814099
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Danaher is a professor and chair of the department of philosophy at Nyack College, Nyack, New York.

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This little book packs quite a punch.
Nithin N. Thompson
I would highly recommed this book, particularly to people interested in philosophy and all Christians.
Elizabeth Roberts
I simply love the philosophical musings Danaher presents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Egan on March 11, 2007
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I had never heard of James Danaher prior to reading this book. I ordered the book because I was intrigued by the title. Danaher has the rare ability to write about complex issues in a clear,direct, and concise manner. He says no more than he has to, but he says all that needs to be said. Danaher blends philosophy, theology, biblical exegesis, and traditional Christian spirituality with uncommon ease. Many of my PoMo colleagues have little use for Christianity. Many of my Christian friends see postmodernism as code for all that is unholy. I think both groups would enjoy and benefit from reading Dr Danaher's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Wilson on November 27, 2010
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Perhaps no other book has reshaped my filter of Christianity than this book. For any Christian who has carried a nagging sense that there's something awry with how they view their "walk with Jesus, or with how they perceive the gospel itself, this book will fix that problem. We are an inseparable product of our culture, including the ways in which we think, comprehend, perceive, and filter data and information. Therefore, it is impossible that any Christian can somehow be separated from their culture in such a way as to hope to be 100% objective. And even if they achieved that goal, that objectivity itself would have been necessarily predetermined by one's culture...once again.

Objectivity itself then must be redefined to mean understanding things the way God does, as revealed in the Bible...but also as worked out in the lives, cultures and applications of other believers around the world. In the end, seeing the Father as Jesus saw Him is the primary goal to be achieved, and not some legendary concept of objective truth. The author of this book both challenges this notion and puts forward a more realistic understanding of objectivity and truth in his most satisfying work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Roberts on January 31, 2008
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I would highly recommed this book, particularly to people interested in philosophy and all Christians. The ideas discussed by Dr. Danaher cover topics Christians should be discussing, and the position of humility which he advocates will allow any spiritual seeker, regardless of religious affiliation, to grow and to better understand God. Furthermore, this transition from modern to postmodern thought in the Church is creating a great deal of debate and confusion. Dr. Danaher's work may serve to facilitate this ongoing discussion, to challenge the thinking of some who see postmodernism as moral relativism, and to unite the Church through a shared willingness to be corrected. Indeed, he shows us that one can approach Scripture with the humilty and curiosity of the Socratic method without sacrificing orthodoxy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nithin N. Thompson on September 1, 2008
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I've wanted to get to this book for a very long time. Now that I have finally read it I feel blessed tremendously. Dr. Danaher has been a professor and mentor to me and reading his work falls so short to actually seeing him in class, meeting with him in his office, or having a cup of coffee with him somewhere in New Jersey. He is the real deal, an unsung hero in Christian Philosophy and I pray that his students would continue to interact with his thoughts in their future writings and endeavors.

What I realize is that this book hinges upon the reader assuming that the postmodern critique is valid. That our concepts are intrinsically flawed and that we do not grasp God's concepts by seeing things as they are. If our reality is handed down to us by our language communities then we don't have the kind of access to reality that we would like to have. If all that is true then there needs to be an overhaul of our concepts.

Danaher begins a cursory overhaul on concepts such as faith, love, sin, evil, the atonement, and challenges the privileging of beauty over truth. There are some really strong points he makes, and some he has been working through for years in the classes I sat under him. It has been helpful reading how our philosophical underpinnings really do determine how we understand these concepts.

What I really like is that Danaher is not your run of the mill postmodern. You won't find the shallow emergent church authors here. Only one reference to Brian Mclaren, but he tackles Gadamer, Plato, Locke, Aristotle, and even brings in the thoughts of John Piper and Johnathan Edwards! From such a well of great thinkers Danaher taps into the Christian Imagination, reforming and articulating the Christian Faith for those that have dismissed it.
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I highly recommend Danaher's book. I simply love the philosophical musings Danaher presents. He has restored my joy of exploring Christianity from the philosophical lens. I think only time will tell just how significant this book and Danaher's thoughts truly are. Danaher's gift to me and to an entire generation is the gift of understanding our faith in Jesus in the midst of massive rejection and accusation.

This book was written in 2006, and much has come to pass in 8 short years. It is commonly said that postmodernism is over. And so if we find we are reacting to post-modernism, we are probably behind the times, even if there is no clear name for post-postmodernism. Still I found it very helpful for me understand the post-modern viewpoints, especially since I lived through it and didn't even realize it! The value for me of Danaher's book is that he gives me the articulation I've been looking for to understand what was happening (and may still be happeneing) to me in the past decade.
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