Religion in Late Modernity

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A well-known theologian and philosopher offers a late-modern perspective on religion, one opposed to the received truths of postmodern religious thought.
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Against the common supposition that religious thinking or theology is confessional and inevitably biased in favor of the thinker’s community, Neville argues for the public character of theology, the need for history and phenomenology of religion in philosophy of religion, and the possibility of objectivity through the contextualization of philosophy, contrary to the fashionable claims of neo-pragmatism. This vigorous analysis and program for religious thinking is straightforwardly pro-late-modern and anti-postmodern, a rousing gallop along the high road around modernism.
In his preface, Neville (philosophy, religion, and thology, Boston U., and dean of the School of Theology) confesses that the title of this book is contrarian in two ways: because it speaks of "religion" and not "religions," and because it speaks of our time as late modern rather than postmodern. He discusses nature, human nature, religious symbols, symbols of divine action, and eternity as transformation of soul before launching into discussion of religion and scholarship, society, politics, the American experiment, and vital engagement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791454244
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1902
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cummings Neville is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University and Dean of the School of Theology. His most recent books include Boston Confucianism: Portable Tradition in the Late-Modern World and the three edited volumes of The Comparative Religious Ideas Project: The Human Condition, Ultimate Realities, and Religious Truth, all published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Late-Modern Topics
Ch. 1 The Contingencies of Nature 9
Ch. 2 Human Nature 29
Ch. 3 Religious Symbols 45
Ch. 4 The Symbols of Divine Action 66
Ch. 5 Eternity and the Transformation of Soul 88
Pt. 2 Late-Modern Religion
Ch. 6 Religion and Scholarship 109
Ch. 7 Religion and Society 131
Ch. 8 Religion and Politics: Spheres of Tolerance 158
Ch. 9 Religion and the American Experiment 171
Ch. 10 Religion and Vital Engagement 184
Pt. 3 Religion and Philosophy in Late Modernity
Ch. 11 The Public Character of Theology and Religious Studies 203
Ch. 12 Religions, Philosophies, and Philosophy of Religion 217
Ch. 13 A Paleopragmatic Philosophy of the History of Philosophy 233
Notes 249
References 261
Index 269
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