Books


Philosophical Imagination

And the Evolution of Modern Philosophy

Paragon House, 2017

Throughout modern history, the philosophical imagination has created the philosophical perspectives of modern materialism, rationalism, empiricism, phenomenalism, historicism, existentialism, pragmatism, hermeneutics, and feminism. Although these schools of thought have their origin in the imagination, we all too often believe these perspectives give us access to truth itself, rather than being ways to make sense of our experience. Truth as something to know will always be relative to the imagination and the perspectives it creates. However, another notion of truth as something to be has emerged over the history of philosophical thought from Socrates to the present that is not relative to the changing perspectives of truth as something to know. This book distills the evolution of these concepts into easily readable history of philosophy.

“If the human race to survive, it must learn different ways of thinking. James Danaher’s wonderfully accessible book introduces readers of every age and education to modality of thought that was the heart of Socrates’ thinking, but which, over time, has been lost or ignored.”

— Maggie Ross
author of Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding, and Silence: A User's Guide

“We are living in an age when global access to original sources, a critical reading of history, an understanding of how power and empire directly influenced theology and ‘dogma’, that makes books like James Danaher’s no longer suspect of heresy, but obvious, truthful, and welcome. Yet it still takes courage to say what he says—so well!”

— Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Jesus' Copernican Revolution

The Revelation of Divine Mercy

Paragon House, 2015

INITIALLY, WE UNDERSTAND and aexperience the world through our cultural and linguistic prejudices and social constructs. When those prejudices are exposed by men like Copernicus or Kant we move beyond them to better perspectives. Jesus also offered a better perspective or higher level consciousness, but his revelation of divine mercy threatens too many of our sacred prejudices, so we ignore most of his teachings, and a few make his perpsective ther own.

“We are living in an age when global access to original sources, a critical reading of history, an understanding of how power and empire directly influenced theology and 'dogma', that makes books like Danaher's Jesus' Copernican Revolution no longer suspect of heresy, but obvious, truthful, and welcome.”

— Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“James P. Danaher proves again why he is a philosopher who knows the important questions Christians should really ask about Jesus. IN helping us see Jesus, he shatters our stereotypes of God.”

— John H Armstrong
Founder and President, ACT3 Network, Carol Stream, Illinois

“Danaher has again written a marvelous, thought-provoking book. Few writers today are able to pen works that consistently delight, inform and challenges the uninterrogated assmptions of readers. Danaher is one of them. Highly recommended!”

— Ian Morgan Cron
Author of Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale and Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me...a Memoir of Sorts


The Second Truth

A Brief Introduction to the Intellectual and Spiritual Journey that is Philosophy

Paragon House, 2014

WE ARE BORN into families, language communities, and cultures that provide us with an initial understanding (first truth) through which to interpret our experience. Civilization advances, however, because certain authentic individuals like Copernicus, Socrates, and Jesus pursued a better way (second truth) to conceptualize and interpret their experience. Eventually, we inherit filtered versions of their second truth as part of our initial understanding, but such an understanding originated out of a specific form of thinking known as philosophy.

“If the human race is to survive, it must learn different ways of thinking. James Danaher's wonderfully accessible book introduces readers of every age and education to a modality of thought which was the heart of Socrates' thinking, but which, over time, has been lost or ignored.”

— Maggie Ross
Author of Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding, and Silence: A User's Guide.

“This is a clear, compelling, and important book. It says from a philosophical perspective what spiritual teachers have recognized throughout the ages. Our first truth is largely self-referential and a result of childhood conditioning—even by otherwise seemingly ‘educated’ people. Information is not the same as transformation! Read and be transformed by a ‘second truth’!”

— Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Contemplative Prayer

A Theology for the 21st Century

Cascade, 2011

The current popularity of contemplative prayer is not accidental. A twenty-first-century understanding of the human condition has made us suspicious of words and the understanding we craft out of words. Theology generally offers us words that purport to give us a more precise and certain understanding of God, but the mystic has always known that our relationship to God transcends words and the kind of understanding that words produce. The theology of the mystic has always been about understanding our communion with the mystery that is God in order to fall evermore deeply in love with the Divine. That is the ultimate purpose of contemplative prayer, and the purpose of this book is to offer a philosophy and theology of contemplative prayer in the twenty-first century.

"Again, James Danaher shows us that the use of the mind and the search for God are not in competition, but in fact enrich and feed one another at very deep levels. How much we need this kind of integration in our culture--where so much religious talk seems divisive and compromised. Contemplative Prayer is not just about divine prayer but about the very quality of human faith and love."

— Richard Rohr, OFM
Author of Everything Belongs and The Naked Now

“There is often a wide gulf in academia between the mind and the spirit. Many Christian academics start in the spirit but lose something of their spirituality in the development of their mind. Jim Danaher successfully bridges that gulf in this book on contemplative prayer. Jim's insights into this marvelous discipline nourish both the mind and the spirit, bringing them together in Holy Communion with the Trinity."

— Ron Walborn
Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary

Jim Danaher is one of the most original spiritual authors writing today. His writings stimulate the modern believer to analyze his beliefs and gain a deeper understanding of his relationship with Jesus Christ.

James N. Nichols


Jesus After Modernity

A 21st Century Critique of our Modern Concept of Truth and the Truth of the Gospel

Pickwick, 2011

We are now free to rethink our notion of truth in a way that is compatible with the things that Jesus said and did, and equally compatible with what we now know to be our access to truth given the limits of our human condition. This volume sets out to explore these issues in depth and examine what it might mean for us to speak of the truth of the Gospel in a twenty-first century context.

"We in religion concentrate so much on what we know for certain, but there has always been too little self-critique about 'How do we know what we think we know?' This clear and well-written book is both very honest and very helpful on the subject. No one will lose their faith here--perhaps many will find it for the first time! I am happy someone has written this much-needed book, and I hope it is used in classrooms, by many seekers, and in the churches."

— Richard Rohr, OFM
Center for Action and Contemplation

"Jim Danaher, as an author and a friend, is a man who has challenged my long-held assumptions, inspiring me to wrestle with new, fresh perspectives. He has motivated me to pray: 'I want to know Jesus better.' And through his example he has roused me to love God and love others with greater passion. Jim is a brilliant philosopher-theologian for the twenty-first century. While his writing may provoke you in places, I believe reading this text will lead you to think deeply, pray passionately, and love God and His people with greater zeal."

— Ronald Walborn
Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack College

"James P. Danaher is a rare philosopher who has an unusual skill for saying things with incredible clarity. For this reason Jesus after Modernity is a splendid little book. It bridges the academic worlds of philosophy and theology and takes the reader right into the experience of God's love in Jesus Christ. I happily encourage you to read it, even several times if you want to grasp how important his message is for our time."

— John H. Armstrong
Author of Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church
Wipf and Stock Publishers


Eyes that See, Ears that Hear

Perceiving Jesus in a Postmodern Context

Liguori, 2006

"I had never heard of James Danaher prior to reading this book. I ordered the book because I was intrigued by the title. Danaher has the rare ability to write about complex issues in a clear, direct, and concise manner. He says no more than he has to, but he says all that needs to be said. Danaher blends philosophy, theology, biblical exegesis, and traditional Christian spirituality with uncommon ease. Many of my PoMo colleagues have little use for Christianity. Many of my Christian friends see postmodernism as code for all that is unholy. I think both groups would enjoy and benefit from reading Dr Danaher's work."

— Jack Egan

"Perhaps no other book has reshaped my filter of Christianity than this book. For any Christian who has carried a nagging sense that there's something awry with how they view their "walk with Jesus, or with how they perceive the gospel itself, this book will fix that problem. We are an inseparable product of our culture, including the ways in which we think, comprehend, perceive, and filter data and information. Therefore, it is impossible that any Christian can somehow be separated from their culture in such a way as to hope to be 100% objective. And even if they achieved that goal, that objectivity itself would have been necessarily predetermined by one's culture...once again.

Objectivity itself then must be redefined to mean understanding things the way God does, as revealed in the Bible...but also as worked out in the lives, cultures and applications of other believers around the world. In the end, seeing the Father as Jesus saw Him is the primary goal to be achieved, and not some legendary concept of objective truth. The author of this book both challenges this notion and puts forward a more realistic understanding of objectivity and truth in his most satisfying work."

— Ron Wilson

"I highly recommend Danaher's book. I simply love the philosophical musings Danaher presents. He has restored my joy of exploring Christianity from the philosophical lens. I think only time will tell just how significant this book and Danaher's thoughts truly are. Danaher's gift to me and to an entire generation is the gift of understanding our faith in Jesus in the midst of massive rejection and accusation. This book was written in 2006, and much has come to pass in 8 short years. It is commonly said that postmodernism is over. And so if we find we are reacting to post-modernism, we are probably behind the times, even if there is no clear name for post-postmodernism. Still I found it very helpful for me understand the post-modern viewpoints, especially since I lived through it and didn't even realize it! The value for me of Danaher's book is that he gives me the articulation I've been looking for to understand what was happening (and may still be happening) to me in the past decade."

— Brian John Karcher


Postmodern Christianity and the Reconstruction of the Christian Mind

Academica Press, 2001

This book was full of so much amazing, well-spoken, deeply thought out views and philosophy, I'm reading it again. Danaher has a way of cutting through the religious garbage and ideals and getting right to the heart of the matter. This is why I took his class, and sit in them when I have a free moment... thanks Danaher! Insightful, thought-provoking, on-the-edge faith, views and beliefs...this is a breath of fresh air.

— Amanda Allbee