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A Shuddering Dawn: Religious Studies and the Nuclear Age
     

A Shuddering Dawn: Religious Studies and the Nuclear Age

by Ira Chernus (Editor), Edward Tabor Linenthal (Editor), Ninian Smart (Foreword by)
 

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Exploring the symbolic meanings of the Bomb, this book excavates the “depth dimension” of the nuclear age. Rather than adding to the many ethical commentaries asking whether or not there should be nuclear weapons, the authors ask why there are nuclear weapons and a continuing arms race. They also address the kinds of symbolic changes that must occur in

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Exploring the symbolic meanings of the Bomb, this book excavates the “depth dimension” of the nuclear age. Rather than adding to the many ethical commentaries asking whether or not there should be nuclear weapons, the authors ask why there are nuclear weapons and a continuing arms race. They also address the kinds of symbolic changes that must occur in order to reverse the build-up of nuclear weapons.

The authors approach these questions from the perspective of academic research, not from particular faith commitments, asking the reader to envision different human responses to this technology, human stances that can be illuminated by the creative insight of religious studies.

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“Not much like this is available—work that examines the symbolic function of nuclearism. It stimulates fresh thinking in very important areas. I found myself, even while disagreeing with some viewpoints, thinking more deeply about many issues. Authors should be thanked when they achieve this.” — Bernare Adeney, New College, Berkeley
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Assuming that the ethical status of nuclear war has been settled, the contributors of these 11 chapters explore such topics as the popular image of apocalypse, the nuclear death cult, nuclearism as heresy, the survival projections for god, and the personal significance of peacemaking. Academic articles rather than testaments of faith. Paper edition available ($16.95; 0085-9). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791400845
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1989
Pages:
210

Meet the Author

Ira Chernus is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Edward Tabor Linenthal is Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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