Religion and Community

Paperback | March 15, 1999

byKeith Ward

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Religion is an important social force, both for good and evil, in the modern world. In the final volume of his comparative theology, Keith Ward considers the main ways in which religion and society interact, and the ways in which the major world religions need to adapt themselves in the modernworld. These religions are examined as forms of social life, ranging from communities which seek to renounce the world, to those which seek to embody the laws of God in society, those which see religions in critical dialogue with social structures, and those which see religion as a primarilyindividual matter. The ideas of eretz Yisrael, the umma of Islam, the Buddhist sangha, the Christian church, and the Hindu sampradaya are critically analysed. Ward also considers the doctrine of the church in Aquinas, Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Tillich, and develops a view of the church in a global perspective bymeans of both a historical and thematic approach. He proposes a radical vision of the church as a person-affirming, world-transforming society in the emerging global community of many faiths and cultures. The relation of religious belief and morality, and the ambiguous role of religion in society, is investigated, and the need for a new religious paradigm is defended, expressing a global perspective without insistence on uniformity.

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Religion is an important social force, both for good and evil, in the modern world. In the final volume of his comparative theology, Keith Ward considers the main ways in which religion and society interact, and the ways in which the major world religions need to adapt themselves in the modernworld. These religions are examined as form...

Keith Ward is at University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198752598

ISBN - 13:9780198752592

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`Ward writes with an appropriate measure of positive appreciation that does not preclude him from also making critical comments ... a substantial achievement ... balanced theological writing'Maurice Wiles, Theology