Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology by Charles DavisReligion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology by Charles Davis

Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social Theology

byCharles DavisEditorDuncan Forrester, Alistair Kee

Paperback | November 26, 1993

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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.
Title:Religion and the Making of Society: Essays in Social TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:November 26, 1993Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521447895

ISBN - 13:9780521447898


Table of Contents

General editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: from the secular to the supernatural; Part I. Society, Religion and Human Agency: 1. Society and the critique of modernity; 2. The present social function of religion; 3. From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political; 4. The Christian question to radicalism; Part II. Praxis, Narrative and Religious Language: 5. Theology and praxis; 6. Revelation, historical continuity and the rationality of tradition; 7. The political use and misuse of religious language; Part III. From the Modern Subject to the Post-Modern Self: 8. Our new religious identity; 9. Post-modernity and the formation of the self; Part IV. The Option for the Future: 10. What remains of socialism as a moral and religious ideal; 11. Communicative rationality and the grounding of religious hope; Index.

From Our Editors

In this book a leading contemporary theologian investigates the relation between religion and society. Davis begins with the thesis that society is a product of human agency; this raises immediately the questions of the meaning of modernity and 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.