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Jesus before Christianity

by Albert Nolan, O.P.

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A Phenomenological Approach   (2019-10-20)


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by ams200

There are many reviews posted for this book. As far as I can see, at the moment, none acknowledges the significant philosophical change in perspective that Nolan has adopted in this book. He does not write from the classical philosophical perspective of the Western philosopher or theologian. Any philosopher of phenomenology will appreciate what Nolan says in Chapter 19 about the spirit that motivated Jesus of Nazareth and that motivates us today. Chapters 1 through 18 will be of special interest to the theologian. They are especially significant when understood from a phenomenological perspective. I dare suggest that a phenomenological understanding of Nolan's work will correct the long-standing habit of Christians noted by Nolan. "Jesus has been more frequently honoured and worshipped for what he did not mean than for what he did mean" (p.3). In short, phenomenological philosophy discloses the baggage of scholastic philosophy that has contributed to this undesirable habit. To my mind, any Thomistic, neo-classical, or Hellenist philosopher who chooses to become familiar with the phenomenological perspective and then re-read the book will encounter additional personal insights about the Christian spirit. [Savage, A: academia.edu]

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