New Visibility of Religion: Studies in Religion and Cultural Hermeneutics

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Since the late 1980s sociologists have been drawing our attention to an international surge in the public visibility of religion. This has increasingly challenged two central aspects of modern western European culture: first, the assumption that as we became more modern we would become more secularised and religion would disappear; and secondly, that religion and politics should occupy radically differentiated spheres in which private conviction did not exert itself within the public realm. The new visibility of ...
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Overview

Since the late 1980s sociologists have been drawing our attention to an international surge in the public visibility of religion. This has increasingly challenged two central aspects of modern western European culture: first, the assumption that as we became more modern we would become more secularised and religion would disappear; and secondly, that religion and politics should occupy radically differentiated spheres in which private conviction did not exert itself within the public realm. The new visibility of religion is not simply a matter of what Keppel famously called 'The Revenge of God', that is, the resurgence of Christian, Islamic and Jewish fundamentalism. Religion is permeating western culture in many different forms from contemporary continental philosophy, the arts and the media, to the rhetoric of international politicians. This collection of essays brings together a unique collection of voices from theology, aesthetics, social and political science, philosophy and cultural theory in an exploration of four major aspects of this new visibility of religion: the revision of the secularisation thesis, the relationship between religion and violence, the new re-enchantment of reality and the return of metaphysics. The exploration is conducted through essays by and interviews with figures at the forefront of reflecting upon this major cultural shift and its implications. It is distinctively multidisciplinary, examining the phenomenon of the rise of religion in Western Europe from a number of interrelated perspectives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847061324
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Series: Continuum Resources Religion & Poltcal Cult
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Graham Ward is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Michael Hoelzl is Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Manchester, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction Michael Hoelzl Graham Ward 1

Part I Secularization

1 Revising Secularization Theory James Sweeney, C. P. 15

2 Five Ways of Relating Religion and Politics or Living in Two Worlds: Believer and Citizen Patrick Riordan, S. J. 30

3 Secularism, Faith and Freedom Rowan Williams 45

Part II Violence

4 The Bloody Skin of the Victim Rene Girard 59

5 The Ambiguous Cachet of Victimhood: On Violence and Monotheism Wolfgang Palaver 68

6 Monotheism and Violence Terry Eagleton 88

Part III Aesthetics

7 The Art of Disappearing: Religion and Aestheticization Yves de Maeseneer 99

8 The Re-enchantment of the World and the End of Modern Art Peter Weibel 117

9 'The End is Nigh': A Reflection on the Relationship between Media and Religion Alexander Darius Ornella 129

Part IV Theology

10 Radical Orthodoxy Ten Years On: The Return of Metaphysics John Milbank Graham Ward 151

11 Politics and the New Visibility of Theology Peter Manley Scott 170

12 Religion after Detraditionalization: Christian Faith in a Postsecular Europe Lieven Boeve 187

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