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God and Modernity: A New and Better Way to Do Theology (Andrew Shanks) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780415221887


Title: God and Modernity: A New and Better Way to Do Theology

Author: Shanks, Andrew

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415221887

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

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In this ground-breaking work, Andrew Shanks argues that God is most present in a culture where public debate over ethical issues flourishes best. Both Church and State are now faced by the emerging challenge from feminist movements, peace movements, green movements, and so forth. Transcending confessional religious divisions and unfettered by the constraints of party politics, such movements potentially represent a whole new species of pure consciousness-raising anti-politics. But what would a theology look like if it sought, first and foremost, to capture the common ethos of such movements? Addressing this issue, God and Modernity yields compelling insights into a new way of understanding the relationship between theology and politics.

CONTENTS

Preface

1 The promise of new social movements

2 'Theology'

3 Three stages of modernity?

4 A second Axial Period?

5 Arguments for calendar-reform

6 Beyond 'metaphysics'

7 Post-metaphysical faith

8 Expressivism and individuality in new social movements

9 Against 'recoil-theology': do the failures of second modernity really compel us to go backwards?

10 The healing of Christendom's original trauma: against a theology without absolutes

11 A new covenant?

12 The other matrix: Islamic civil society

13 'Holy, Catholic and Apostolic'

14 Discourse ethics and religion

15 'Wo aber Gefahr ist ...'

Notes

Index

REVIEWS

"... fascinating... brilliant. ... This is a new and better way of doing theology. Even those who do not agree with Shank's conclusions should be impressed by the range and passion of his work, drawing on his diverse experience as a priest of the Church of England."--Peter C. Hodgson, Religious Studies Review

"God and Modernity is a really distinctive contribution to the question of how religious discourse is to find its way and its place in the fragmenting political world we inhabit."--Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth

"Lucidly written, and easy to read ... an original and provocative contribution to theology."--Times Literary Supplement

"... contains genuine insights and a genuine alternative to previous ways of doing theology."--Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

"... Shanks makes a very interesting reading of history ... his analysis is intricate and complex."--Jeffrey C. Pugh, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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