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Religion and the Making of Society : Essays in Social Theology - Charles Davis

Religion and the Making of Society

Essays in Social Theology

Hardcover Published: 26th November 1993
ISBN: 9780521443104
Number Of Pages: 224

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In this book a leading contemporary theologian investigates the relation between religion and society. Professor Davis begins with the thesis that society is a product of human agency; this raises immediately the questions of the meaning of modernity and of the function of religion in that context. The linguistic and pragmatic orientation of modern philosophy and social theory lead to a discussion of religious language and of praxis.Whether modernity is an incomplete project, as Habermas would have it, or a mistaken universalism, as the post-moderns maintain, is debated under the heading of human identity, both individual and collective, and in an examination of the formation of the modern self. The practical relevance of the theoretical analyses comes to the fore in a critique of Michael Novak's attempt to make 'democratic capitalism' an ideal. Professor Davis shows that, paradoxically, the post-modern rejection of secularity can be interpreted as a return from the secular to the supernatural.

General editorsÆ preface
Introduction: from the secular to the supernatural
Society, Religion and Human Agency
Society and the critique of modernity
The present social functions of religion
From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political
The Christian question to radicalism
Praxis, narrative and Religious Language
Theology and praxis
Revelation, historical continuity and the rationality of tradition
The political use and misuse of religious language
From the Modern Subject to the Post-Modern Self
Our new religious identity
Post-modernity and the formation of the self
the Option for the Future
What remains of socialism as a moral and religious ideal
Communicative rationality and the grounding of religious hope
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ISBN: 9780521443104
ISBN-10: 0521443105
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43

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