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Charred Root of Meaning by Philipp W. Rosemann from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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  • Continuity, Transgression, and the Other in Christian Tradition
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  • Text Language:
    eng
  • Publisher Name:
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Binding Type:
    Hardback
  • ISBN 10:
    0802863450
  • ISBN 13:
    9780802863454
  • Price:
    50
  • Publication Date:
    July 24, 2018
  • No. of Page:
    240
  • Height:
    9 in
  • Width:
    6 in

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Ecologists tell us that periodic wildfires, though devastating, are necessary to the rhythm of nature. The death of the old allows something new to grow, sometimes straight back from the charred roots. Christian tradition functions much the same way, says Philipp Rosemann. In this book he examines how transgression and destruction are crucial in the foundation and preservation of tradition.

Theories of tradition have emphasized the handing-down of identity rather than continuity through difference. Rosemann shows that divine revelation occurs as an irruption that challenges the existing order. The preservation of tradition, he argues, requires that this challenge be periodically repeated. Offering a historical, theological, and philosophical approach to Christian tradition, Charred Root of Meaning shows how transgression and reformation keep the Christian faith alive. 

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Philipp W. Rosemann holds the Chair of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; he previously taught philosophy at the University of Dallas. His other books include The Story of a Great Medieval Book: Peter Lombard's 'Sentences', which studies the tradition of Christianity's most influential theology textbook.