Habermas And Theology by Nicholas AdamsHabermas And Theology by Nicholas Adams

Habermas And Theology

byNicholas Adams

Paperback | June 12, 2006

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How can the world's religious traditions debate within the public sphere? In this book Nicholas Adams shows the importance of Habermas' approaches to this question. The full range of Habermas' work is considered, with detailed commentary on the more difficult texts. Adams energetically rebuts some of Habermas' arguments, particularly those which postulate the irrationality or stability of religious thought. Members of different religious traditions need to understand their own ethical positions as part of a process of development involving ongoing disagreements, rather than a stable unchanging morality. Public debate additionally requires learning each other's patterns of disagreement. Adams argues that rather than suspending their deep reasoning to facilitate debate, as Habermas suggests, religious traditions must make their reasoning public, and that 'scriptural reasoning' is a possible model for this. Habermas overestimates the stability of religious traditions. This book offers a more realistic assessment of the difficulties and opportunities they face.
Nicholas Adams is Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He contributed to Fields of Faith (2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner (2005). This is his first book.
Title:Habermas And TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:June 12, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521681146

ISBN - 13:9780521681148


Table of Contents

1. Religion in public; 2. The ideal speech situation; 3. Authority and distance in tradition; 4. Sacred and profane; 5. Universalism; 6. Theology and political theory; 7. Theology, social theory and rationalisation; 8. Modernity's triumph over theology; 9. Habermas in dialogue with theologians; 10. Narrative and argument; 11. Scriptural difference and scriptural reasoning.

Editorial Reviews

"Habermas and Theology is an important contribution to the philosophical discussion of religion....Adams deals with a difficult author as well as some of the most difficult issues in philosophy, and the result is a rich, rewarding and important book....This valuable book should be of the greatest interest to everyone interested in the relation of philosophy to theology."
Lucien J. Richard, Catholic Library World