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The Question of Meaning: A Theological and Philosophical Orientation [Paperback]

By Gerhard Sauter (Author) & Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Translator)
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   155
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 19, 1996
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802807240  
ISBN13  9780802807243  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerhard Sauter if Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Ecumenical Institute at the University of Bonn. He has taught in the United States at Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary and is the author of The Question of Meaning: A Theological and Philosophical Orientation and Eschatological Rationality: Theological Issues in Focus.

Gerhard Sauter currently resides in Bonn.

Gerhard Sauter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Theology for the Twenty-First Century

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Epistemology
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Metaphysics
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What Dare We Hope for the Quest for Meaning?  Jan 16, 2006

"The stream of consciousness we experience within ourselves throughout our lives ties together all events of physical existence like the silken string that holds together a necklace. In its realization, man and woman will meet their journey's end, the Omega Point,..." Ultimate Pinnacle of The Human Quest

Humanity Quest for Meaning:
Mortals exist in a world of conflicting philosophies, religions, and views about fundamental matters of value. As a consequence, we are affected by this modern 'Tower of Babel,' wondering about the truth of our own beliefs, their objective values and common ethical ground in the arena of conflicting beliefs.
Working in Canada at the turn of the century, Dr. Henry Sharman, a University of Chicago theologian and scientist, sought to unify the disciplines of science and religion in the belief that each searched for the same universal truths about reality. This feature of contextuality explains why 'The quest for meaning', has aspired to absoluteness.

Biblical Quest for Meaning:
Ecclesiastes, is a biblical philosophy, of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. As we wander through his eventful life, we learn that Solomon, Ecclesiastes alleged writer, searched for meaning everywhere, finding vacancy in all paths. When he surveyed his journey, he bitterly concluded that the earthly riches have not granted him enduring peace or righteousness, but instead have consumed him. Reflecting upon the journey, he realizes all of his finite efforts have produced little more than vanity. He concludes that the sum of his work will never be greater than its vacuous parts, that he must step outside of himself to find true meaning.
In the book of Job the question of meaning in suffering has found its most vivid expression. Job's old friends attempted to justify to themselves the moral meaning of suffering, by convincing him of the moral justice of evil. In their eyes suffering could have one meaning, a punishment for sin, based on God's justice, that repays good with good and evil with evil.

Sauter's Essay on Meaning:
Gerhard Sauter comes to a conclusion, which he defends throughout his study of the explicit quest for the concept of meaning, as a recent development during the last century. Contrary to popular belief, based on OT wisdom books, he shows that the serious quest started with deconstruction of metaphysical concepts and the philosophical search for meaning of their lives, suffering as a part of the meaning of history. Sauter reconstructs his philosophical orientation in new areas. His areas are influenced by his training and expertise: theology, which recurs in recently revived hermeneutics, exploring related terrain in philosophy, of psychology, sociology and public life. He even questions what does the quest for meaning eventually means.
As an Evangelical theologian, and recognized eschatologist, Sauter reinterprets the OT reference to meaning in the wisdom books, in the light of his spiritual and intellectual explorations.

Gerhard Sauter:
Dr. Gerhard Sauter, is Professor of systematic & ecumenical theology, University of Bonn. He is a German Evangelical theologian, a visiting faculty, Duke Divinity School , and Editor, Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion.
Gerhard Sauter is a recognized theologian in his own right, (Gateways to Dogmatics). He is one of the new eschatologist theologians, (Eschatological Rationality), and (What Dare We Hope?: Reconsidering Eschatology). He wrote his doctrinal dissertation tracing major influences from Blumhardt into the work of Barth and Bonhoeffer.

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