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A Phenomenology of the Devout Life

Format: Academic Monograph
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198813507
Publisher: OUP Oxford

A Phenomenology of the Devout Life is the first part of a 3-part work, A Philosophy of Christian Life. Rather than approaching Christianity through its doctrinal statements, as philosophers of religion have tended to do, the book starts by offering a phenomenological description of the devout life as that is set out in the teaching of Francois de Sales and related authors. This is because it is in fact the case that for most Christians being a Christian as a matter of practice or a set of life-commitments is more fundamental than formal doctrinal beliefs. Although the metaphysical truth-claims of Christianity will be addressed in Part three, the guiding argument is that it is the Christian way of life that best reveals what these beliefs really are. As a philosophical study, this work does not presuppose the truth of Christianity but assumes only that there is a humanly accessible meaning to the intention to live a devout life, pleasing to God.

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