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Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity : Religion and Modernity - Paul Heelas

Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity

Religion and Modernity

By: Paul Heelas, David Martin (As told to), Paul Morris (As told to)


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Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity is the first book to engage the study of religion with contemporary theorizing about culture. It addresses important issues such as whether there are postmodern forms of religion, whether theories of religion framed in terms of modernity can be recast to suit new or emerging circumstances, and how the study of religion can be better integrated with recent developments in the study of culture. The book locates the contemporary study of religion in terms of general theorizing, covering such issues as choice, globalization, and what postmodern religion might look like. International perspectives are then introduced, and the postmodernity thesis is explored in connection with Eastern Europe, Japan and Latin America, and the "New Europe". Liberalism and fundamentalism are also addressed in other contexts, including Indonesia. In the concluding chapters of the volume the emphasis shifts away from the study of religion and cultural change to how postmodern thought, such as the rejection of metaphysics of presence, might serve to open up new theological possibilities.

"A fascinating and very timely book ... I feel sure that it willfind a place in seminars, and on the shelves of any seriousacademic in the field." Karen McCarthy Brown, DrewUniversity

"This book is essentially aimed at students intheology and philosophy, but I believe that it will also providesociologists and historians with some fascinating and originalmaterial. An Excellent book" Dominique Macneill, University ofExeter

"Heelas has collected essays from scholars across the Englishspeaking world. The result is the most comprehensive scholarlytreatment of the benefits and imitations of postmodern descriptionof religion yet available. Highly recommended for graduate levelcollections, suitable also for upper-division undergraduates, faculty and researchers, and professionals and practitioners."S.H. Webb, Walsh College

"The volume does collect together summative essays by a numberof important thinkers, and everyone will find something of valuehere." Philip Goodchild, St Martin's College

"Theology and the Sociology of Religion have traditionally beenkept separate, and specialists in each field have often beensuspicious of the other. This book brings both of them together forthe benefit of both.... I was pleased to see that thebibliographies were not limited to works published in English, butalso include many sources published in other languages. This way, having had their appetite whet by such compelling reading, bothpolyglot and the less-able linguist can find further intellectualnourishment." Dominique Macneill, University of Exeter

..". The volume collects together summative essays by a numberof important thinkers, and everyone will find something of valuehere." Philip Goodchild, St Martin's College

"Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity is an excellentcollection of scholarly arguments about the state of religion, andreligious studies, at the end of the twentieth centry. It is one ofthose books that will be read over and over again by graduatestudents and scholars for both ideas and content." NovaReligio

List of Contributors.

1. Introduction: On Differentiation and Dedifferentiation: Paul Heelas (University of Lancaster).

2. Cathedrals to Cults: The Evolving Forms of Religious Life: Steve Bruce (University of Aberdeen).

3. Terminal Faith: Mark C. Taylor (Williams College).

4. Postmodern Religion? Zygmunt Bauman (University of Leeds).

5. Tradition, Retrospective Perception, Nationalism and Modernism : Ninian Smart (University of California at Santa Barbara).

6. From Fundamentalism to Fundamentalisms: A Religious Ideology in Multiple Forms: Bruce B. Lawrence (Duke University).

7. From Pre- to Postmodernity in Latin America: The Case of Pentacostalism: Bernice Martin (Royal Holloway College, London).

8. Secularization and Citizenship in Muslim Indonesia: Robert W. Hefner (Boston University).

9. Religion and National Identity in Modern and Postmodern Japan: Winston Davis (Washington and Lee University).

10. The Construals of 'Europe': Religion, Theology and the Problematics of Modernity: Richard H. Roberts (Lancaster University).

11. Post-Christianity: Don Cupitt (University of Cambridge).

12. Kenosis and Naming: Beyond Analogy and Towards Allegoria Amoris: Graham Ward (University of Cambridge).

13. Sublimity: The Modern Transcendent: John Milbank (University of Cambridge).

14. The Primacy of Theology and the Question of Perception: Philip Blond (University of Cambridge).

15. The Impossible: Kevin Hart (Monash University).


ISBN: 9780631198482
ISBN-10: 0631198482
Series: Religion and Modernity
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 25th June 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.22  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1