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Religion and the Making of Society Essays in Social Theology

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ISBN-10: 0521447895

ISBN-13: 9780521447898

Edition: 1994

Authors: Charles Davis, Duncan Forrester, Alistair Kee

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/18/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

General editors� preface
Introduction: from the secular to the supernatural
Society, Religion and Human Agency
Society and the critique of modernity
The present social functions of religion
From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political
The Christian question to radicalism
Praxis, narrative and Religious Language
Theology and praxis
Revelation, historical continuity and the rationality of tradition
The political use and misuse of religious language
From the Modern Subject to the Post-Modern Self
Our new religious identity
Post-modernity and the formation of the self
the Option for the Future
What remains of socialism as a moral and religious ideal
Communicative rationality and the grounding of religious hope