The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West

The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West

by Robert Royal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1594035172

ISBN-13: 9781594035173

Pub. Date: 08/10/2010

Publisher: Encounter Books

Secular humanists and other "progressives" have been predicting the demise of religion for the past 250 years. But they keep running into a problem: those who were supposed to be liberated by the secular gospel that God is Dead aren't buying it. Except for some parts of western Europe and in countries culturally destroyed by Communism, secularization in the

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Secular humanists and other "progressives" have been predicting the demise of religion for the past 250 years. But they keep running into a problem: those who were supposed to be liberated by the secular gospel that God is Dead aren't buying it. Except for some parts of western Europe and in countries culturally destroyed by Communism, secularization in the radical sense has not occurred.

While it has not obliterated the religious impulse, however, the drive towards "progressive irreligion" has, Robert Royal believes, encouraged ignorance of religion's central role in the development of the West. In The God That Did Not Fail, Royal offers an original reading of religion in ancient Greece and Rome, of Christianity and Judaism, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, the several modern Enlightenments, culminating with a profound assessment of our current postmodern moment. He concludes that since religion is a permanent part of human nature and of the particular character of the West, our efforts should be directed not into a quixotic effort to deny the undeniable, especially as we face challenges from Islamic fundamentalism, but into promoting a well thought out and dynamic interplay of faith, reason, and modern freedoms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594035173
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
311
Sales rank:
605,073
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The Gods That Have Failed ix

Chapter 1 Greek Gifts 3

Chapter 2 Roma Aeterna 29

Chapter 3 The Bible and Its Worlds 52

Chapter 4 Christian Paradoxes 75

Chapter 5 Medieval Highs and Lows 108

Chapter 6 Renaissances and Reforms 141

Chapter 7 Enlightenments, Revolutions, Reactions 181

Chapter 8 Civilization, Culture, and Their Discontents 214

Chapter 9 The God That Did Not Fail 243

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 277

Index 295

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