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Up with Authority : Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings - Victor Lee Austin

Up with Authority

Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings

Paperback Published: 15th July 2010
ISBN: 9780567020512
Number Of Pages: 172

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`Our postmodern era views authority as something to be grimly endured-or simply overthrown. Victor Austin writes against this antinomian sensibility. His clear, accessible and convincing analysis shows how moral, political, and religious authority brings order to society and beauty to the soul.' R. R. Reno, Department of Theology, Creighton University, Omaha, USA

`Victor Austin's style is energetic and engaging, his thought enriched by decades as priest, teacher, and theologian, and his thesis compels attention: social beings require authority to flourish, and we are social beings from the beginning of this life to beyond its end. We need not accept all of his premises to benefit from this wide-ranging essay, fortunately so, since the author at times plays the smiling contrarian who invites us all to revisit our assumptions. For readers who have taken social order as rooted in either persuasion or compulsion, and so assumed that authority is derivative, transient, postlapsarian, the dead hand of the past, or the polite mask of force, this book offers a clear-headed alternative. Austin explores the ineliminable centrality of fallible authority in our social, epistemic, political, and ecclesial communal lives, and discerns structures of authority in the Trinity and the paradisal life of friends living together. In part Christian theology, in part humane anthropology, in part philosophical reflection, this is altogether a galvanizing book.' Ronald Mawby, Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies, Kentucky State University, USA

Interview with the author in the Mars Hill Audio Journal, Vol. 107
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Austin displays an impressive range of learning. ... The result is a rich, extended essay that wholly eschews utopianism and instead offers a sustained meditation upon concrete communal existence. The Living Church
Father Austin's style is energetic and engaging, his thought enriched by decades as priest, teacher, and theologian, and his thesis compels attention: social beings require authority to flourish, and we are social beings from the beginning of this life to beyond its end. We need not accept all of his premises to benefit from this wide-ranging essay, fortunately so, since the author at times plays the smiling contrarian who invites us all to revisit our assumptions. For readers who have taken social order as rooted in either persuasion or compulsion, and so assumed that authority is derivative, transient, postlapsarian, the dead hand of the past, or the polite mask of force, this book offers a clear-headed alternative. Austin explores the ineliminable centrality of fallible authority in our social, epistemic, political, and ecclesial communal lives, and discerns structures of authority in the Trinity and the paradisal life of friends living together. In part Christian theology, in part humane anthropology, in part philosophical reflection, this is altogether a galvanizing book.--Ronald Mawby, Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies, Kentucky State University
Our postmodern era views authority as something to be grimly endured or simply overthrown. Victor Austin writes against this antinomian sensibility. His clear, accessible and convincing analysis shows how moral, political, and religious authority brings order to society and beauty to the soul.--R. R. Reno, Department of Theology, Creighton University
"In his wonderful recent book, Up With Authority (T&T Clark, 2010), Victor Lee Austin uses the analogy of an orchestra to explain why authority is necessary for human life to flourish." - First Things
"Up with Authority is a profound and profoundly important book." - Touchstone
"Our postmodern era views authority as something to be grimly endured -- or simply overthrown. Victor Austin writes against this antinomian sensibility. His clear, accessible and convincing analysis shows how moral, political, and religious authority brings order to society and beauty to the soul." - R. R. Reno, Department of Theology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA
"His account is in no way naive. Indeed, his reflections on how "we live with fallible authority" which would always be in season, are particularly timely just now." - National Review
"Father Austin's style is energetic and engaging, his thought enriched by decades as priest, teacher, and theologian, and his thesis compels attention: social beings require authority to flourish, and we are social beings from the beginning of this life to beyond its end. We need not accept all of his premises to benefit from this wide-ranging essay, fortunately so, since the author at times plays the smiling contrarian who invites us all to revisit our assumptions. For readers who have taken social order as rooted in either persuasion or compulsion, and so assumed that authority is derivative, transient, postlapsarian, the dead hand of the past, or the polite mask of force, this book offers a clear-headed alternative. Austin explores the ineliminable centrality of fallible authority in our social, epistemic, political, and ecclesial communal lives, and discerns structures of authority in the Trinity and the paradisal life of friends living together. In part Christian theology, in part humane anthropology, in part philosophical reflection, this is altogether a galvanizing book." - Ronald Mawby, Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies, Kentucky State University, USA
"A subtle and elegantly argued book. . . . At a time when university education in this country looks set to move in a more utilitarian direction, it is encouraging to see that the author of this book holds the post of theologian-in-residence at a church." - Church Times
'Our postmodern era views authority as something to be grimly endured or simply overthrown. Victor Austin writes against this antinomian sensibility. His clear, accessible and convincing analysis shows how moral, political, and religious authority brings order to society and beauty to the soul.' - R. R. Reno, Department of Theology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA.--Sanford Lakoff
'His account is in no way naive. Indeed, his reflections on how "we live with fallible authority" which would always be in season, are particularly timely just now.'--Sanford Lakoff
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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: We Can't Get Along without itp. 1
To Succeed at Being a Human Beingp. 1
Why it Matters that We Value Authorityp. 4
After Authorityp. 8
Where does Authority Come From?p. 9
A Few Words Up Front About the Acceptance of Paradoxp. 10
Authority and Freedom: Social Authorityp. 15
Is Authority Merely Substitutionary?p. 15
Illustration: A Symphony Orchestrap. 16
A Description of Authorityp. 19
Social Authorityp. 21
The Paradoxes of Freedom and of Free Actionp. 31
Social Authority Comes in a Living Personp. 36
Charisma: Follow Me and Find Yourselfp. 38
Authority and Truth: Epistemic Authorityp. 41
Authority and Our Flourishing as Beings Who Knowp. 41
Illustration: A Judge Deciding a Casep. 43
Epistemic Authorityp. 45
Objectionsp. 55
The Paradoxes of Human Knowingp. 58
You Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Freep. 64
Authority and Power: Political Authorityp. 67
Our Depoliticized Imaginationp. 67
Illustration: An Exercise of Political Judgmentp. 72
Political Authorityp. 74
The Public, the Political, and Certaintyp. 84
Christ the King and Earthly Rulersp. 89
Authority and God: Ecclesial Authorityp. 93
The Odd Place of the Church in this Discussionp. 93
Illustration: The Aria in Bach's Saint Matthew Passionp. 95
Authority in the Churchp. 100
The Inescapable Difficulty of the Reading of Scripture: The Wisdom of Richard Hookerp. 104
The Reading of Scripture and the Making of the Authorized Individualp. 111
Judge for Yourselves: The Church as the Locus of Authoritative Non-judgmentp. 116
Authority and Error: Disputed Authorityp. 123
The Bind We are inp. 123
Illustration: The Rejection of Polanyi's Paper on Adsorptionp. 126
What to do with the Fallibility of Authorityp. 129
Concrete Explorations of Authorityp. 134
The fallibility of church authorityp. 134
The fallibility of political authorityp. 139
The fallibility of epistemic authorityp. 141
The fallibility of social authorityp. 144
Conclusion: Authority in Paradisep. 149
Authority Without Compulsionp. 149
Dante's Ordered Spheres: Ranking that is Neither Higher Nor Lowerp. 151
Authority in Godp. 155
Our Being in Godp. 159
Bibliographyp. 163
Index of Scriptural Citationsp. 169
Index of Subjectsp. 170
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ISBN: 9780567020512
ISBN-10: 0567020517
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 15th July 2010
Publisher: T&T CLARK PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1