The Givenness of Things

The Givenness of Things

Essays

Book - 2015
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In a collection of essays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Notes.

McMillan Palgrave

The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations.

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374714314
9780374298470
0374298475
Branch Call Number: 814.54 ROB 2015
Characteristics: pages cm

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Feb 01, 2017

Degrees in Humanities, Classics, English and Philosophy are needed to follow this book, which otherwise it just seems like intellectual grandstanding. Maybe I should add Religious Studies, too. (Great title, though!)

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