Religion and the Human Future: An Essay on Theological Humanism / Edition 1

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Ours is a time when cultures and religions creatively interact but also often collide, and human power increasingly endangers forms of life even while great technological advances enable us to better relieve suffering and want. This powerful manifesto sets forth a dynamic and robust vision of human life beyond the divisions that haunt the humanities, social sciences, theology, and religious studies. The authors outline a vision called theological humanism, based on the idea that neither God's will nor human flourishing alone provides an adequate measure and orientation for human life. The task of human life is responsibility for the integrity of life, the measure of human action. Yet more than that, the idea of theological humanism articulates a profound and ancient insight too often lost in the current debate between theologians and humanists - that human beings are mixed creatures striving for wholeness and integrity.

About the Author:
David E. Klemm is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Iowa

About the Author:
William Schweiker is Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago and Director of the Martin Marty Center

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"There is no doubt this is a great book. . . the place to finish this review is with admiration and respect. This book will shape key debates for many years to come. It is a remarkably clear statement of a program and vision, which stresses integrity, reason, and generosity. For this service to the church and the academy, we should be deeply grateful." (Conversations in Religion and Theology, November 2010)

"Religion and the Human Future provides an excellent, well thought-out and well documented analysis of the current dilemma facing religions and religious people: the human dangers and inadequacies of hypertheism, with its exaggerated response to the challenge of modernity and over humanization, with its overly unreflective veneration for modernity." (Ethical Perspectives, July 2010)"This text sounds a clarion call to change the debate about the role of religion in human life. ... With limited endnotes and an engaging style, this carefully argued text mostly succeeds in its attempt to be accessible to a wider audience that could include upperlevel undergraduates." (Religious Studies Review, September 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405155267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series, #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Klemm is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Iowa. He is the author of a number of books, including Hermeneutical Inquiry, volumes I and II (1986), The Hermeneutical Theory of Paul Ricoeur: A Constructive Analysis (1983), and is co-editor of Figuring the Self: Subject, Absolute, and Others in Classical German Philosophy (1997), and Meanings in Texts and Actions: Questioning Paul Ricoeur (1993).

William Schweiker is Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago and Director of the Martin Marty Center. He is the author of numerous books, articles and essays, including Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds, and editor of The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics (both Wiley-Blackwell, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I The Shape of Theological Humanism 9

1 Ideas and Challenges 11

2 The Humanist Imagination 23

3 Thinking of God 38

4 The Logic of Christian Humanism 57

5 On the Integrity of Life 73

Pt. II The Task of Theological Humanism 95

6 Our Endangered Garden 97

7 A School for Conscience 112

8 Masks of Mind 129

9 Religion and Spiritual Integrity 149

10 Living Theological Humanism 166

Notes 176

Index 197

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