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Wisdom and Folly

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0012
Wisdom and Folly

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Wisdom traditions are pan-religious and pan-human. In these traditions creation as teacher is assumed; measured human responsibility follows. Wisdom comes in various genre from every culture known to the historical record. Wisdom is frequently identified as a figure of, or partner of, divinity. Numerous examples of wisdom are given in the chapter, as is their moral instruction and practice. An awareness of moral tragedy is present as well, together with the awareness of human folly. The Earth Charter is offered as a present-day quest for global wisdom in the face of an ecospheric crisis that is a civilizational crisis as well. The chapter closes with a science-informed assessment of wisdom traditions.

Keywords: wisdom literature; the orientation of wisdom; the genre of wisdom; The Earth Charter; Fritz Haber; moral tragedy; science and wisdom; folly

Chapter.  9997 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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