Questioning Belief

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In Part One, 'Questions of Faith and Hope', Richard Harries considers some profound and potentially devastating objections to religious belief, as expressed in landmarks of modern literature - among them the novels of Dostoyevsky, the plays of Beckett and the poetry of Hopkins. Part Two, 'Questions of Peace and Justice', examines some of the challenges faced by the Church as it seeks to relate Christian principles to the economic and social order. Here are brilliant reflections on issues of power politics, human ...
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Overview

In Part One, 'Questions of Faith and Hope', Richard Harries considers some profound and potentially devastating objections to religious belief, as expressed in landmarks of modern literature - among them the novels of Dostoyevsky, the plays of Beckett and the poetry of Hopkins. Part Two, 'Questions of Peace and Justice', examines some of the challenges faced by the Church as it seeks to relate Christian principles to the economic and social order. Here are brilliant reflections on issues of power politics, human rights, birth control, the welfare system, and business ethics - all of them written with the verve and incisiveness for which Richard Harries is so well known. 'Has Religion a Future?' is the final question he addresses. Whether or not you agree with his answer, this is a book that cannot fail to stimulate deeper and more responsible thinking about the role and relevance of Christianity as we approach the third millenium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780281048854
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Questions of Faith and Hope
1 True unbelief 3
2 Ivan Karamazov's argument 12
3 Evidence for God's love 20
4 Attitudes to death in the twentieth century 32
5 'Astride of a grave' - Samuel Beckett and Christian hope 47
6 'Away grief's gasping' - The note of hope in Hopkins' anguish 59
7 The resurrection in some modern novels 74
Pt. 2 Questions of Peace and Justice
8 The Christian concept of peace 91
9 Reinhold Niebuhr and his pacifist critics 105
10 Power, coercion and morality 116
11 Human rights in theological perspective 135
12 World population and birth control 148
13 Is there a role for charity in a modern state? 161
14 The morality of good business 174
Epilogue: Has religion a future 187
Notes 201
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