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Living the Mystery

ANDREW LOUTH

in Discerning the Mystery

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198261964
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261964.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Living the Mystery

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This chapter presents an essay concerning the role of mystery in creating the divide between science, theology, and the humanities. It explains that while mystery is central to the humanities, it is not subject to the scientific method of seeking the truth. This is because theology is not simply a matter of learning but rather the apprehension of the believing mind combined with a good state of heart. It contends that the fundamental way by which Christian theology can contribute to the pursuit of knowledge is not by hindering and resisting the natural craving of the human spirit for a clear, transparent, and definite system.

Keywords: mystery; science; humanities; theology; scientific method; pursuit of knowledge

Chapter.  6632 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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