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Can we live in but not of the Immanent Frame?

Ames, Stephen (2018) Can we live in but not of the Immanent Frame? In: ., Religion in a Secular Age? The Struggle for Meaning in an Abstracted World. ARENA Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 169-203. ISBN 9780648329800 (paperback)

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Abstract

Charles Taylor, in his book A Secular Age tells us we are living in what he calls ‘an immanent frame’. The ‘us’ is broadly the ‘north Atlantic’, which broadly includes Australia. The ‘immanent frame’ is the possibility of human beings living a full life, with plenty of scope for self-transcendence, a possibility pursued by a great number of people, all without reference to God the transcendent Other. Taylor says people in Medieval times found it almost impossible not to believe in God. By contrast, life within the immanent frame makes it almost impossible because quite unnecessary for people to believe in God. For some, life within the immanent frame may still involve intimations of and reference to God, but many people would say there are no personal or rational grounds for thinking any so-called ‘intimations’, which can be identified, carry such a reference. To some extent everyone is ‘cross pressured’ by contrary view about the kind of world in which we live. Taylor’s further characterises the ‘immanent frame’ as dominated by the view that we live in a fundamentally impersonal order and that this followed an earlier Christian attempt to expound a fundamentally personal order, that itself had been preceded by a fundamentally impersonal order. It is the question of this fundamentally personal order and its implications for life together on this planet that I want to bring to into view by means of firstly making a philosophical critique of the 'immanent frame', followed by a theological critique.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: immanent frame
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Rev Dr Stephen JAH Ames
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 02:29
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 02:29
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3425

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