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By Murray Rae

severe Conversations offers a chain of theological engagements with the paintings of Michael Polanyi, one of many 20th century's so much profound philosophers of technological know-how.

Polanyi's sustained explorations of the character of human understanding open a number questions and subject matters of profound significance for theology. He insists at the have to get well the types of religion and trust in accounting for a way we all know and issues to the significance of culture and the need occasionally of conversion on the way to examine the reality of items. those topics are explored in addition to Polanyi's social and political idea, his anthropology, his hermeneutics, and his notion of fact. numerous of the essays set Polanyi along the paintings of alternative thinkers, relatively Karl Barth, Lesslie Newbigin, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and René Girard, they usually talk about issues of comparability and distinction among the respective figures. whereas the entire essays are appreciative of Polanyi's contribution, they don't turn away from severe analysis--and take extra, consequently, the serious appreciation of Polanyi's work.

"Though infrequently heard in modern theology, Michael Polanyi's voice had an important impression over the likes of T. F. Torrance and Colin Gunton. . . . Polanyi's groundbreaking paintings deals optimistic avenues for considering via, now not easily the connection among religion and technology, yet many critical subject matters within the Christian culture. Such capability is aptly verified during this warmly prompt choice of essays. Murray Rae and his colleagues have performed us a very good carrier in compiling this study."
--John G. Flett
Habilitand on the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, and writer of The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the character of Christian neighborhood (2010)

"Michael Polanyi has attracted starting to be cognizance . . . in lots of disciplines in recent times. This scintillating assortment . . . severely engages with Polanyi's post-positivist rules at the vital function in all human understanding performed via religion, relationality, authority, culture, and groups of inquiry. in addition to exploring his social, political, anthropological, and theological perspectives, members convey Polanyi into dialog with Karl Barth, Lesslie Newbigin, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and René Girard. this can be theology-and-science at its such a lot dependable, insightful, and engaging. learn it!"
--John Stenhouse
Associate Professor, division of heritage, collage of Otago, and editor with Ronald L. Numbers of Disseminating Darwinism: The function of position, Race, faith and Gender (1999)

"Critical Conversations screens remarkably precise issues approximately . . . Michael Polanyi's epistemology. the wealthy, open-ended truthfulness of his proposals evokes leading edge and penetrating cross-disciplinary conversations of every kind; and conversants therefore engaged event liberating creativity and conviviality. Theological engagement is mainly fruitful due to the fact Polanyi himself demanding situations a deadening Enlightenment legacy with an process that's wisdom- and humanity- and hope-restoring since it is theologically attuned. those essayists supply a wealthy dialog that others could sign up for profitably--convivially."
--Esther L. Meek
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Geneva collage, and writer of Loving to understand: Introducing Covenant Epistemology (2011)

Murray Rae is Professor of Theology and Ethics on the collage of Otago, New Zealand.

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