Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College - Inaugural Issue Vol. I, No. 1

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What's Real and What Is Not: How Metaphysics Can Help Us Understand Reality

Renovatio examines timeless questions and today’s moral challenges by drawing from the enduring texts of revelatory faith traditions and current scholarship. This inaugural issue of Renovatio focuses on the crucial role of metaphysics in understanding the world, its source, and our place in it.

Table of Contents

Can Our Science and Economics Honor Nature?

Our insatiable desire to view nature as a material resource can only be repelled by acknowledging immaterial reality.

Waleed El-Ansary

Do Reason and Revelation Guide Us to the Same Good?

For Jews, Christians, and Muslims, confidence in what reason discloses as moral precepts is enriched by God’s act of revealing to us what he requires of us.

Robert P. George

Can Materialism Explain the Mind?

Some philosophers believe materialism has now reached an insurmountable quandary in the question of consciousness.

Faraz Khan

Before of What Comes Within from Without

Does habitual exposure to digital images destroy the stillness of heart required for seeing God within our soul?

Mark Damien Delp 

Orientalists, Militants, and the Meanings of Jihad

How widespread misuse of the term “jihad” creates confusion and misunderstanding about a core concept in Islam.

Asma Afsaruddin

The Great Chain of Consciousness

Why did many Muslim metaphysicians see the universe and all of its contents as alive?

Mohammed Rustom 

Al-Ghazali on Cause and Effect

In his discussion on causality, did Imam al-Ghazali succeed in safeguarding miracles as well as certainty about the world?

Eiyad al-Kutubi

When a Metaphor Becomes Matter for a Christian

Can we use poetics to understand scripture?

Scott F. Crider

Is the Matter of Metaphysics Immaterial? Yes and No

During the “Golden Age of Islam,” philosophy was at the heart of the Muslim intellectual tradition. Its decline coincided with the decline of Islam. Is that a coincidence?

Hamza Yusuf

Hamlet’s Soliloquy

Hamlet’s downfall did not arise out of a wrong answer to the question he posed but out of the arrogation to himself of the right to determine his own existence or annihilation.

Charles Upton

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