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Scholl's analysis highlights the preface's irenic tone, which he describes as being more in the nature of a conversation than of a diatribe.
I greatly appreciate Todd Gitlin's letter, and, at the risk of seeming too irenic, and failing thereby to uphold my assigned role in the culture wars, I think his first two points are well taken.
Then, too, we see constant reference to "the Crusades," always presented as a vicious assault by avaricious Christians on the tranquilly irenic Muslim communities of the Middle East.
For 2 Maccabees, Johnson explores both how the narrative constructs the character of Onias III to promote irenic relations between Jews and Gentiles and how it suggests that increasing Hellenization among the Hasmoneans is not, as is sometimes argued, a sign of corruption but an indication of political acumen.
At times, some essays in this volume seem overly irenic. If these three traditions are such powerful resources for peace and brotherhood, how can we explain the centuries of fratricidal violence that each has spawned?
Gould's classic agnostic dictate that religion and science are "non-overlapping magisteria" ("science studies how the heavens go, religion how to go to heaven"), which might have been an acceptable irenic stance for T.
Dr Porter says she has not set out to be irenic, nor to write a documented history nor yet a piece of investigative journalism.
His manner of arguing, irenic though it is throughout, bases itself on the comforts of uncertainties, as he has declared.
In the melodic poem "The Lights of Autumn," he writes: "There is a bridge / also inside the paradox, / an equilibrium between all shells and depths-- / all death, all night, suddenly / here in the overflowing light from children." He never loses this featherlight euphonic and irenic touch on what he has found as the meaning of living: "There is balance in the terror of the empty void of infinity, a question mild as the fragrance of seed." The answer softly spoken is: "A human being is its own child, its own father." Everything is itself "in purest harmony with another."
The "long route" also points to Ricoeur's irenic effort to synthesize twentieth century Continental philosophy, notably the divide between the Enlightenment project of critique in a Habermas and the tradition-orientation of a Gadamer, and that between systematizing and deconstruction.
With its irenic approach, and its keen awareness of the way in which Durkheimian sociology intersects with so many subsequent attempts to come to grips with the social aspects of modernity, this book deserves to be on every theorist's bookshelf.
This Dutch School adopted an irenic and even ecumenical attitude toward other denominations.