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The Beginning and the End of 'Religion'
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The common view that 'religion' is something quite separate from politics, art, science, law and economics is one that is peculiar to modern Western culture. In this book Professor Lash argues that we should begin to question seriously that viewpoint: the modern world is ending and we are now in a position to discover new forms of ancient wisdom, which have been obscured from view. These essays explore this idea in a number of directions, examining the dialogue between theology and science, the secularity of Western culture and questions of Christian hope. Part One examines the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism, while Part Two considers the relations between theology and science, the secularity of Western culture, and questions of Christian hope, or eschatology.


‘... invariable elegance and wit of expression and the fastidiousness of thought … A good, uncomfortable, entertaining, poignant and hopeful book.’

Rowan Williams Source: The Tablet

‘... stylistic elegance; philosophical clarity; a conservative, creative theological mind; and brevity.’

Source: Reviews in Religion and Theology

‘This is a powerful collection which deserves to be read as a challenging presentation of our faith today.’

Julian Reindorp Source: Ministry Today

‘Any Christian who is serious about the unity of God’s world should read the three opening chapters …’

Source: Epworth Review

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