The name of Charles Taliaferro’s ebook is derived from poems and tales during which someone at risk or on a quest needs to keep on with a wire or string in an effort to locate how to happiness, protection, or domestic. in a single of the main recognized of such stories, the traditional Greek hero Theseus follows the string given him through Ariadne to mark his approach out and in of the Minotaur’s labyrinth. William Blake's poem “Jerusalem” makes use of the metaphor of a golden string, which, if undefined, will lead one to heaven itself. Taliaferro extends Blake’s metaphor to demonstrate the methods we will hyperlink what we see, consider, and do with deep religious realities.
Taliaferro deals a foundational case for the popularity of the adventure of the everlasting God of Christianity, during which God is known because the fount of all goodness and the topic and item of our greatest love, published via scripture, culture, philosophical mirrored image, and encountered in daily occasions. He addresses philosophical stumbling blocks to the popularity of such stories, specially objections from the “new atheists,” and explores the values eager about considering and experiencing God as everlasting. those comprise the assumption that the everlasting goodness of God subordinates temporal items, resembling the pursuit of reputation and earthly glory; that God is the essence of lifestyles; and that the everlasting God hallows household items, blessing the standard items of standard life. An exploration of the ethical and non secular riches of the Christian culture as a substitute to materialism and naturalism, The Golden Cord brings an originality and intensity to the controversy in available and interesting prose.
“Charles Taliaferro has written a thought-provoking, unique paintings that succeeds in throwing a few of the crucial tenets of naturalism into query. He has amassed state-of-the-art scholarship from the context of debates approximately naturalism and discusses that in the framework of a theological account of the human . the result's a strong theological reaction to secular naturalism, one who merits to be taken heavily via the latter’s proponents.” —Victoria Harrison, collage of Glasgow