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Liberty (Emory University Studies in Law and Religion) [Hardcover]

By Glenn Tinder (Author)
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Glenn Tinder here provides a refreshing look at liberty from a Christian standpoint, where Christianity is construed as open and communicative rather than dogmatic. Liberty Reconsidered lies at the intersection of several major themes - communication, human fallenness, the necessity of liberty, standing alone, and eschatology. Each is considered in light of learning what liberty truly is and how it will affect the world around it. Tinder freely admits that he approaches the idea of liberty from a combination of pervasive pessimism and strong optimism. For example, he sees and argues for the necessity of liberty in order to create community of any kind, but also shows that liberty is not likely to bring happiness and social harmony. The final chapter of Liberty Reconsidered deals with eschatology. Here Tinder says that community in any full and comprehensive sense would be the kingdom of God - not to be realized in history. Therefore to be devoted to a communal liberty is to maintain an eschatological stance. It is to look toward the end of history. Liberty Reconsidered provides an intriguing discussion on the truth of liberty - a discussion Tinder hopes will be ongoing and fruitful.

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Liberty is a dangerous concept. It??'s sure to be misused and, if left unchecked, will likely bring not social harmony and happiness but their opposites. Nonetheless, liberty is absolutely necessary: without it there can be no authentic community. People are not free to do the right thing unless they are free to do the wrong thing; if they can???t be wrong, they can???t be right.

Thus does Glenn Tinder, in this provocative work, argue emphatically for ???negative liberty??? ? the liberty that wants primarily to be left alone, with the authorities interfering as little as possible in the lives of people ? and against ???positive liberty??? ? a liberty that seeks to guide people into a ???fulfilling??? life.

One of America's major thinkers on Civic life, Tinder approaches the ideal of liberty with a blend of pervasive pessimism and strong optimism. He writes from an open, nondogmatic Christian point of view, believing strongly in reason and in the primary importance of free communication and dialogue, and he insists that Christians can learn from such non-Christians as Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx.

The substance of Tinder??'s book lies at the intersection of several major themes ? communication, human fallenness, the necessity of liberty, standing alone, and eschatology ? each considered in light of learning what liberty truly is and how it will affect the world at large.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   407
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Series  Emory University Studies In Law   
ISBN  080280392X  
ISBN13  9780802803924  

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Glenn Tinder currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Glenn Tinder has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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A compelling essay on liberty.  May 26, 2010
I had already read Dr. Tinder's book "Political Thinking" and appreciated his rare ability to put deep and complete thoughts into a very readable book for persons not of the political science realm. "Liberty" was better. I place it next to Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis in my top two books of all time. I read it twice in succession because it was so full of useful wisdom about daily life as well as being an essay on the more global aspects of liberty.

"Liberty" gave me new insights into the subject at hand, but gave me much more in the way of new ways of looking at life, relationships, the political and social order in which we live (in the U.S. and globally), and the relationship Christian believers should strive to have with God, each other, and non-believers.

While written by a Christian, the book explores the view points of secualar society and Christian society with equal emphasis and seeks to find common ground where dialogue rather than conflict can exist and, perhaps, allow each group to understand the other better.

In a world in which polarization of viewpoints is the norm, this book is a powerful attempt to bring reconiliation to differing factions of the political and social order without demanding either change their views, but merely open their minds to here another way of thinking.


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