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Sacrificium Laudis—Sacrificium Intellectus

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.003.0009
Sacrificium Laudis—Sacrificium Intellectus

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Can philosophers offer their work to God as an expression of recognition, gratitude, reconciliation, and participation in the spirit of a sacrificial liturgy? Or, in Christian terms, are philosophers invited to the wedding of the slaughtered Lamb? According to the letter to the Hebrews, Jesus had to learn through suffering the obedience that is implied in the agreement of a human will with the will of God. Jesus becomes the Servant and Priest of Jahweh by accepting the most unreasonable but inevitable sacrifice of his life. How can the will of a Christian whose life is marked by philosophy embrace the horrors of this world in which we are placed, although much of it is neither holy nor decent? First, however, we would like to know whether and, if so, how, philosophy in general can be part of any liturgy at all. This chapter explores whether philosophy can be offered as a sacrifice of praise.

Keywords: God; philosophy; sacrifice; praise; will; liturgy; philosophers; Jesus

Chapter.  4483 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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