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Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology (Charles Davis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1993) 9780521443104
Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology (Charles Davis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1993) 9780521443104
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Title: Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology

Author: Davis, Charles

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1993

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521443104

Volumes: 1; Pages: 223

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In this book a leading contemporary theologian provides an account and a critique of contemporary thinking on the function of religion in society. The chief questions of the day are taken up, expounded with lucidity and clarity, and assessed for their contributions to social theory. The practical relevance of the theoretical analyses emerges especially in a critique of Michael Novak's attempt to make "democratic capitalism" an ideal, and in an original attempt to ground religious hope in communicative rationality.ContentsGeneral editors? preface; AcknowledgementsIntroduction: from the secular to the supernaturalPart I. Society, Religion and Human Agency1. Society and the critique of modernity2. The present social function of religion3. From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political4. The Christian question to radicalismPart II. Praxis, Narrative and Religious Language5. Theology and praxis6. Revelation, historical continuity and the rationality of tradition7. The political use and misuse of religious languagePart III. From the Modern Subject to the Post-Modern Self8. Our new religious identity9. Post-modernity and the formation of the selfPart IV. The Option for the Future10. What remains of socialism as a moral and religious ideal11. Communicative rationality and the grounding of religious hopeIndex
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