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By Jeff Bergner

How did we turn into a tradition of unbridled egoism? and the way does our tradition of the self, with its day-by-day demands self-expression and self-transformation, co-exist with our global of contemporary technological know-how and its implicit determinism?

This essay deals a brand new and strikingly unique interpretation of Western concept. It explores the "metaphysics of Moses" within the Torah, the Greek suggestion of soul and the significance of the physique in old church Christianity. contemporary traditional wisdom--that modernity is based in materialism and that theology offers an antidote--is precisely backwards; early sleek philosophy completely rejected the physicality of Christianity in want of guy as primarily brain, and German idealist philosophy remodeled guy as primarily brain into modern guy of ego. in doing so, it additionally confirmed a foundation for contemporary medical determinism rooted in human intentions.

The essay is sweeping in scope--yet understated, dependent and humane. It deals a lot wanted counsel for the way to reside a considerate, even noble existence in modern day world.

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