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Paul S. Fiddes enters into dialogue with these late-modern concerns about the relation between the self and the world, proposing that the wisdom which is indicated by the ancient Hebraic concept of ḥokmah integrates a "practical wisdom" of handling daily experience with the kind of wisdom which is "attunement" to the world and ultimately to God as creator and sustainer of all. Fiddes brings detailed exegesis of texts from the ancient wisdom literature into interaction with an account of the subject in late-modern thought, in order to form a theology in which seeing the world is knowing a God whose transcendent reality is always immanent in the signs and bodies of the world. He thus argues that participation in a triune, relational God shapes a wisdom that addresses problems of a dominating self, and opens the human person to others.
Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology at University of Oxford and Director of Research at Regent's Park College, Oxford.
Table of Contents
I: Setting the Scene
1. The Cry for Wisdom
2. The Mood of the Late-Modern World
3. Where Were You? Self and Other
II: Wisdom as Observation and Participation
4. The Elusiveness of the World and the Limits of Wisdom
5. The Complexity of the World and the Extent of Wisdom
6. The Seeing Self and Wisdom as Observation
7. Hidden Wisdom: a Theology of Presence and Place
III: Wisdom in the World
8. Metaphor and Mystery in the Interpretation of Wisdom
9. Wisdom as a Search for the Sum of Things
10. The Text of the World and the Comprehensiveness of Wisdom
11. The Process of Learning and the Rejection of Wisdom
12. Attunement to Wisdom: from Observation to Participation