The Beginning and the End of Religion by Nicholas LashThe Beginning and the End of Religion by Nicholas Lash

The Beginning and the End of Religion

byNicholas Lash

Paperback | June 28, 1996

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What is the subject of theology? These fourteen essays argue against the view that "religion" is the name of one particular territory that we may consider or ignore if we feel so inclined. That "religion" is a subject quite different from others, such as politics, art, science, law and economics, is peculiar to modern Western culture. But Professor Lash states that the "modern" world is ending, and in the consequent confusion is the possibility of discovering new forms of ancient wisdom that the "modern" world obscured from view. Part I explores the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism. Those essays in Part II (six were published between 1988 and 1994, and five are unpublished) consider relations between theology and science, the secularity of Western culture and questions of Christian hope or eschatology.
Title:The Beginning and the End of ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:June 28, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521566355

ISBN - 13:9780521566353


Table of Contents

Part I. A Meeting Place for Truth: 1. The beginning and the end of 'religion'?; 2. Prophecy and peace; 3. Reality, wisdom and delight; Part II. Emerging from Modernity: 4. Observation, revelation and the posterity of Noah; 5. On what kinds of things there are; 6. Contemplation, metaphor and real knowledge; 7. When did the theologians lose interest in theology?; 8. Anselm seeking; 9. Creation, courtesy and contemplation; 10. Hollow centres and holy places; 11. Hoping against hope, or Abraham's dilemma; 12. Eagles and sheep: Christianity and the public order beyond modernity; 13. Incarnation and determinate freedom; 14. Beyond the end of history?; Index.

From Our Editors

Is the subject-matter of theology everything there is, considered in relation to the mystery of God as the source and life and destiny? Or is it a particular district of experience and language and behaviour called 'religion'? The latter view, which makes religion something quite separate from politics, art, science, law and economics, is peculiar to modern Western culture.

Editorial Reviews

"This valuable book is highly recommended." Zdravko Stefanovic, Andrews U. Sem. St.