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Paul Axton and Hayden Hagerman discuss how postliberalism goes beyond the liberal/fundamentalist controversy as well as beyond postmodernism and such thinkers as Quine and Davidson.

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In this lecture, Paul Axton poses the possibility that nothingness, absence, negation, - is itself demonic. The recognition that the idol is nothing is not to disarm the demonic but to recognize the strength the idol exercises.

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Hayden Hagerman and Paul Axton discuss the key figures in postliberalism and the development of this alternative to modernist liberal and conservative theology.

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Hayden Hagerman and Paul Axton continue to lay out the significance of Wittgenstein and show how this correlates with part of an Augustinian understanding which correlates with Karl Barth and serves as the basis for Post-Liberalism.

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Paul Axton concludes his series on Anselm: Anselm works out the necessity of the death of Christ as part of the logic, already developed in his other arguments, of a pure reason. The necessity of the death of Christ is a violent logical necessity in his closed system of the human mind.

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Paul Axton connects Anselm to Hegel and Heidegger and to Lacanian psychoanalysis in tracing the turn to a reified language as a form of salvation.

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Paul Axton explains how Anselm reasons from ordinary differences to an absolute difference so as to attain to the thought of God and cross the ontological divide which separates the divine and human. To cross this divide using reason is an ultimate act of the will which will require the Cross. All of this depends upon an essentializing or absolutizing of human interiority.

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Paul Axton explains how Anselm gives us an alternative theory of atonement based on an alternative anthropology which depends upon pure reason. Mysticism and rationalism are seen to be fused and necessary in this key thinker who stands behind Western Christianity and Western thought.

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Paul Axton continues his examination of the life and theology of John Howard Yoder.

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Paul Axton talks about  John Howard Yoder, one of the premier theological thinkers of the 20th century who suffered from a sexual perversion. Since he consciously developed his theology to include the fullness of personality the test here is to work out how this failure is reflected in the theology of John Howard Yoder.

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