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The idea of the holy : an inquiry into the non-rational factor in the idea of the divine and its relation to the rational Kindle Edition

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Length: 266 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWVDZNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TLXXXVIII on August 12, 2013
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From wonky footnotes to Greek works being splayed out meaninglessly to page titles floating in the middle of everything to terrifyingly bad OCR to apostrophes being mistaken for "1", there is very little right about this book. Shameful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wm nieuwkerk on January 1, 2014
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The book in printed form rates 5 stars .The number of uncorrected dictating,(phonetic)
errors was staggering and made some sections unreadable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Hendrix on December 10, 2014
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In establishing his concept of the numen, Rudolf Otto speaks of a holy, “wholly other” world of which we can only have limited perceptions and perspectives of, as this numinous world is ineffable and beyond our understanding. Our perception of this numinous world is based on the feelings we have when we experience it, and those feelings can only be understood through a foundation of a priori knowledge. Otto and Friedrich Schleiermacher also spoke of a predisposition of divination, meaning that we are all predisposed to seek something greater – the numinous world. As I read Otto’s writing on the numinous world and numinous experiences, though, I am left wondering why I am to believe it, as it relies heavily on the subjective. Merold Westphal, author of “Of Stories and Language,” would almost certainly agree with some of my criticisms of Otto’s conception of the numinous world and how we are to perceive it. Despite those criticisms, Otto’s numinous world has some direct parallels and applications to various religions, and Otto considers Christianity specifically in his writing of “The Idea of the Holy.”

In most religions centered around some sort of conception of god, followers generally are told that their god is ineffible or beyond understanding, and I believe that Otto made some compelling points as to how one is to come to some sort of an understanding of God or a god through experience of objects in which the numinous manifests (mysterium tremendum). I believe that Otto may be right in believing that you can only come to have a vague sort of understanding of God by means of faith - faith that what you're experiencing is as you're experiencing it. Aside from the repetitive nature of Otto's treatment of the numinous in "The Idea of the Holy," I do believe this to be a good book - one that can lead you to a greater understanding of how religious people come to believe in their religion.
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. . . even a .99 book should have gratuitous errors in the text corrected.

I wouldn't go s far as to call this "unreadable" but it is annoying to have to figure out what a sentence really says.

I read through it anyway and I think I got the gist of most of it.
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