Diagonal Advance: Perfection in Christian Theology (Veritas)

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The SCM Veritas series brings to market original volumes all engaging in critical questions of pressing concern to both philosophers, theologians, biologists, economists and more. The series aims to illustrate that without theology, something essential is lost in our account of such categories - not only in an abstract way but in the way in which we inhabit the world. The Veritas Series refuses to accept disciplinary isolation: both for theology and for other disciplines. Languishing Perfection shows how the divorce of divine perfection from human perfection undergirds the divorce of theology and philosophy. Anthony D. Baker shows how these discourses were originally joined by the Church Fathers, to how they were separated in the Middle Ages and modern Anglicanism, to how they can be rejoined.

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Professor Anthony D. Baker is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

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I am a Methodist which means I have never trusted the language of perfection. So I am in Anthony Baker's debt for reclaiming the notion of perfection. This is a wonderful book that is not only sound scholarship but is morally profound. Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Perfection is a crucial theme in the New Testament which lurks in much patristic thinking and was first foregrounded by the Wesley brothers. Within their tradition, and yet transcending it, Tony Baker provides us with the most sophisticated theological treatment of this topic to date - ranging over the Bible, Philosophy, Literature and Cultural History with a distinctive elan. He shows in particular how the loss of the metaphysics of participation was equally a loss of a sense of our relationship with God as a progress in perfection which was as much vertical as it was horizontal. This book is as close to perfection as one could hope for. Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge Is this a book or a symphony? Both. Does it concern theology or human existence? Both. In four movements, this book traces the emergence and deformations of the concept of perfection. Is perfection the plenitude of finite existence? The never-satisfied desire for the infinite? The imitation of God? Divinisation? Movement in repose? Without an empty nostalgia, A. Baker offers a critical history of Christian representations of perfection. He shows how the oppositions between nature and supernature, between the Bible and Hellenism, have been surmounted, but also how they have given place to a still provisional synthesis. He covers diverse "styles"--of concepts, which are also forms of life. He even offers his own style, in opposing the "distortions" to a more sound concept of perfection. A book immense with regard to stakes, dense with regard to the current mobilised culture. A book of supple and full construction, which will reward both the patient and the impatient. Olivier Boulnois, Directeur d'Etudes, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

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