As Harry Austryn Wolfson deftly isolates and analyzes some of the most vital and often the most enigmatic ideas developed by the religious philosophers of the West, a cumulative and thoughtful continuity emerges from his interpretations. Philo, for example, appears as a dominant force throughout the sixteen centuries that preceded Spinoza's critique of his basic principles.
The ten essays which constitute the critical sequence of this penetrating book are derived from lectures, and from separate publications many of which are not readily available now. They include discussions of Immortality and Resurrection in the Philosophy of the Church Fathers; St. Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy; Causality and Freedom in Descartes, Leibniz and Hume. Wolfson concludes with a perceptive distillation of his personal wisdom in an essay contrasting the professed atheist with the "verbal theist."
Harry Austryn Wolfson was Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Emeritus, Harvard University.
1. THE PHILONIC GOD OF REVELATION AND His LATTERDAY DENIERS 2. EXTRADEICAL AND INTRADEICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF PLATONIC IDEAS A. LOGOS B. TRINITY C. ATTRIBUTES 3. IMMORTALITY AND RESURRECTION IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CHURCH FATHERS 4. PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE THEOLOGY OF CYRIL OF JERUSALEM 5. PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF ARIANISM AND APOL-LINARIANISM 6. ST. AUGUSTINE AND THE PELAGL&N CONTROVERSY 7. IBN KHALDUN ON ATTRIBUTES AND PREDESTINATION 8. CAUSALITY AND FREEDOM IN DESCARTES, LEIBNIZ, AND HUME 9. THE VERACITY OF SCRIPTURE FROM Pumo TO SPINOZA A. THE PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTIONS B. THE ORIGIN OF LANGUAGES, THE HEBDOMADAL PERIOD, AND THE DENARY SYSTEM C. THE SCRIPTURAL CHRONOLOGY D. SPINOZA 10. SPINOZA AND THE RELIGION OF THE PAST 11. SERMONETTE: THE PROFESSED ATHEIST AND THE VERBAL THEIST INDEX OF NAMES, SUBJECTS, AND TERMS