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George Grant and the Theology of the Cross

George Grant and the Theology of the Cross: The Christian Foundations of His Thought

Copyright Date: 2001
Pages: 320
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    George Grant and the Theology of the Cross
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    Beneath the philosophical, social, political, ethical, national, and moral issues that Grant tackled throughout his career was a fundamental concern with theodicy ? the problem of faith in God in a world of conflict, suffering, and tragedy.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7527-8
    Subjects: Philosophy

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-2)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 3-6)

    Who was George Grant? Some say he was the foremost indigenous philosopher Canada has produced, a thinker of popular appeal but also of deep wisdom and originality. He was a critic of modern technological civilization who perceived early on its destructive possibilities for society as a whole as well as for the individual soul. He was concerned that the process of globalization made possible by technology was progressively reducing and, ultimately, undermining all distinctive nationalities and cultures. He was alarmed by the violence of technological necessity which imposed itself over all aspects of human existence thereby negating authentic expressions of...

  5. Chapter One The Great Discovery
    (pp. 7-32)

    How did George Grant come across the theology of the cross? What did it mean for him? Why did it take on such a central place in his thought about the whole? To begin to answer these questions we must begin at the beginning. We must begin with the earliest influences on Grantʹs intellectual formation as well as some primal experiences which shaped his response to that formation and defined the orientation of his thought thereafter.

    Although Grant had little positive to say about his early years or his roots, there is no question that many of the most basic...

  6. Chapter Two The Theology of the Cross: Its Origins, Meaning, and Significance
    (pp. 33-54)

    Although the theology of the cross represents an orientation of thought about God and the world that may be found in a number of thinkers within the Christian tradition and along its fringes beginning in the early church, the phrase itself has its origins in the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. When Grant came upon it in Oman, and when he used it, he clearly had Luther in mind. But what did the theology of the cross mean for Luther? Luther may have coined the phrase ʹtheology of the cross,ʹ but he found his way to its meaning through his studies...

  7. Chapter Three Philosophy in the Mass Age
    (pp. 55-120)

    Following his being awarded a D.Phil, degree by Oxford in 1950, Grant returned to Dalhousie University, and during the next ten years he began to formulate the fundamental questions for which he would seek answers throughout the remainder of his life. His thinking during this period is shaped, on the one hand, by the influences and experiences of his earlier years, and how these are worked through during his studies at Oxford and the writing of his thesis on John Oman; and, on the other hand, by his continuing study of thinkers and movements in the context of the expanding...

  8. Chapter Four Intimations of Deprivation
    (pp. 121-180)

    In the 1960s, Grantʹs thought undergoes a profound deepening. This deepening has to do with a broader, and what for him is a clearer, understanding of the nature of modern technological society (the thing itself), as well as the nature of the liberal thinking which gave it birth and continues to sustain it (a theology of glory). We shall argue that this deepening moves Grant further toward a theology of the cross and helps him clarify some of the confusion encountered in his earlier thought. This deepening and the clarification it brought to Grantʹs thought is related to practical events...

  9. Chapter Five Faith and Justice in the Technological Era
    (pp. 181-242)

    It is in the 1970s and ʹ80s that Grantʹs thought reaches its greatest depth. From his earliest writing of this period,Time As History, to his last major essay, ʹFaith and the Multiversity,ʹ he struggles to understand the technological era as it is, bring to light its darkness as darkness, and witness to the light that continues to shine in the darkness. Stimulated by Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Grant achieves further depth of understanding about the human condition and its affliction in the technological era. With the continuing inspiration of Simone Weil and her understanding of Plato...

  10. Conclusion
    (pp. 243-252)

    In this book, we have argued that George Grantʹs thought is best understood and appreciated in the light of a particular theological orientation/tradition which animates and illuminates the critical and constructive dimensions of his thought. We have argued that the context of Grantʹs formation and education, combined with his war experience and ʹconversion,ʹ fuelled a crisis in his thinking and existing to which the theological tradition known as the ʹtheology of the crossʹ offered an answer. Grant discovered this tradition through his studies at Oxford and, particularly, in his struggle with the thought of John Oman. The points at which...

  11. Notes
    (pp. 253-274)
  12. Index
    (pp. 275-282)