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Religion and the Making of Society

Religion and the Making of Society
Essays in Social Theology


Part of Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion

  • Date Published: November 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521447898

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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.

    • Short, incisive, accessible essays written by a top-rank theologian
    • Very topical subject matter - religion, society and modernity
    • Will appeal to non-specialists interested in the relation between religion and society
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521447898
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editors' preface
    Introduction: from the secular to the supernatural
    Part I. Society, Religion and Human Agency:
    1. Society and the critique of modernity
    2. The present social function of religion
    3. From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political
    4. The Christian question to radicalism
    Part II. Praxis, Narrative and Religious Language:
    5. Theology and praxis
    6. Revelation, historical continuity and the rationality of tradition
    7. The political use and misuse of religious language
    Part III. From the Modern Subject to the Post-Modern Self:
    8. Our new religious identity
    9. Post-modernity and the formation of the self
    Part IV. The Option for the Future:
    10. What remains of socialism as a moral and religious ideal
    11. Communicative rationality and the grounding of religious hope

  • Author

    Charles Davis, Concordia University, Montréal

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