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The Beginning and the End of 'Religion'

The Beginning and the End of 'Religion'


  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566353

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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.

    • Freshness of suggestions for relationships between religious traditions
    • Combines broad range of topics treated with sharpness of focus
    • Nicholas Lash is a very well-known British theologian
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '... invariable elegance and wit of expression and the fastidiousness of thought … A good, uncomfortable, entertaining, poignant and hopeful book.' Rowan Williams, The Tablet

    '... stylistic elegance; philosophical clarity; a conservative, creative theological mind; and brevity.' 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, Ministry Today

    'Any Christian who is serious about the unity of God's world should read the three opening chapters …' Epworth Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566353
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Meeting Place for Truth:
    1. The beginning and the end of 'religion'?
    2. Prophecy and peace
    3. Reality, wisdom and delight
    Part II. Emerging from Modernity:
    4. Observation, revelation and the posterity of Noah
    5. On what kinds of things there are
    6. Contemplation, metaphor and real knowledge
    7. When did the theologians lose interest in theology?
    8. Anselm seeking
    9. Creation, courtesy and contemplation
    10. Hollow centres and holy places
    11. Hoping against hope, or Abraham's dilemma
    12. Eagles and sheep: Christianity and the public order beyond modernity
    13. Incarnation and determinate freedom
    14. Beyond the end of history?

  • Author

    Nicholas Lash, University of Cambridge

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