The Beginning and the End of 'Religion' / Edition 1

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Overview

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 Those essays in Part II (six were published between 1988 and 1994, and five are unpublished) consider relations between theology and science, the secularity of Western culture and questions of Christian hope or eschatology.

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"Lash's command of the tradition furnishes him with an admirable wisdom and a learned perspective to be able to point the way out of theology's many contemporary dilemmas." Edward T. Oakes, S.J., The Thomist

"***" Science & Spirit

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521566353
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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.

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