Book Talk: Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan by Anthony Kronman

December 5, 2016

Please join Anthony Kronman ‘75 for a discussion of his book, Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:10 - 7:00 PM, SLB 129.

In this passionate and searching book, Anthony Kronman offers a third way beyond atheism and religion to the God of the modern world. We live in an age of disenchantment. The number of self-professed “atheists” continues to grow. Yet many still feel an intense spiritual longing for a connection to what Aristotle called the “eternal and divine.” For those who do, but demand a God that is compatible with their modern ideals, a new theology is required. This is what Anthony Kronman offers here, in a book that leads its readers away from the inscrutable Creator of the Abrahamic religions toward a God whose inexhaustible and everlasting presence is that of the world itself. Kronman defends an ancient conception of God, deepened and transformed by Christian belief – the born-again paganism on which modern science, art, and politics all vitally depend. Brilliantly surveying centuries of Western thought – from Plato to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant, from Spinoza to Nietzsche, Darwin, and Freud – Kronman recovers and reclaims the God we need today.

Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. A former Dean of Yale Law School, Professor Kronman teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility.

In anticipation of this Book Talk, you might enjoy listening to a podcast of Prof. Kronman and Yale University Press director John Donatich discussing religion, philosophy, and what it means to be a born-again pagan in society today.

Sponsored by the Lillian Goldman Law Library

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