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The Myths of Time: From St. Augustine to American Beauty [Paperback]

Hugh Rayment-Pickard

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9 Feb 2004
Original and stimulating examination of the theology of time and history.

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Hugh Rayment-Pickard is social entrepreneur, theologian and Anglican priest. For several years he taught philosophy at Goldsmith's College, University of London. His doctoral thesis was on the theology of Jacques Derrida (published as Impossible God: Derrida's Theology, Ashgate, 2003) In 2007 he was one of the co-founders of education charity IntoUniversity (www.intouniversity.org) which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to obtain a university place or another chosen aspiration.

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`Theology today often oscillates between pretentiousness and
banality, but Hugh Rayment-Pickard shows that one can both think out of
deep engagement with the intellectual tradition and still write a clear
gripping prose. The issues are religiously and philosophically central and
the insights sharp and profound.' -- Professor George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford.

`This is an unusual and thought-provoking essay on our different
ideas of time....The author's treatment of this complex topic is subtle and
his range of reference stimulatingly wide. A book well worth investing
your time in.' -- The Scientific and Medical Network Review

`Time is a dauntingly difficult subject, yet I found it hard to
put this book down. Clearly and compellingly written, it has profound
lessons to teach about the different ways in which time is experienced.' -- The Rt Revd John Habgood.

`What is more remarkable than the wealth of scholarship, however,
is the clear and compelling style in which the book is written as a result
... Nietzsche and Hegel suddenly seem astonishingly lucid and we are
offered delightful cameos of other thinkers - for example, the comparison
and assessment of Walter Benjamin and Simone Weil. ... This book, I judge,
has the capacity to alert a wide readership to the pervasive influence of
powerful ideas of which, hitherto, they were but dimly aware.' -- The Expository Times

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The Myths of Time is an original and stimulating examination of
the theology of time and history drawing from art, literature, philosophy,
theology and reflections on everyday life to show how we experience time.
Connecting postmodernism with St Augustine, Blade Runner with Samuel
Beckett and Shakespeare with Sigmund Freud, Rayment-Pickard argues that
time is given meaning by a cluster of basic myths about human destiny.
These myths stretch through primitive Christianity and operate powerfully
in contemporary secular culture. The Myths of Time shows that far from
being an abstract singular concept, we view time in a complex and
multi-layered way which has strong implications for how we behave and
approach our lives.

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