Reviving Christian Humanism

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Is there a future for intellectually honest faith at the service of humankind? Esteemed theologian Don S. Browning strongly argues that there is, and he here offers a manifesto for a new religious humanism.

Browning argues that the time is right for religious intellectuals in conversation with the social sciences to reinvigorate the deep humanistic strands of the grand religions and enter into global interfaith dialogue on that basis. Concentrating on the Christian heritage, he ...

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Reviving Christian Humanism: The New Conversation On Spirituality, Theology, And Psychology

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Overview

Is there a future for intellectually honest faith at the service of humankind? Esteemed theologian Don S. Browning strongly argues that there is, and he here offers a manifesto for a new religious humanism.

Browning argues that the time is right for religious intellectuals in conversation with the social sciences to reinvigorate the deep humanistic strands of the grand religions and enter into global interfaith dialogue on that basis. Concentrating on the Christian heritage, he draws on such diverse disciplines to envision a broader canvas for psychology, a keener theological use of new insights from psychology, a more complex understanding of how personal change is fostered, a recognition of the indispensable role of institutions in personal formation and ethical deliberation, and in the end, a deeper spirituality that directly feeds the common human endeavor and the public good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800696269
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Acknowledgments 11

1 Science, Religion, and a Revived Religious Humanism 13

Religious Humanisms of the Past 14

Epistemological Frameworks for a Revived Religious Humanism 15

The Role of Objectivity or Distanciation 22

Beginning with the Traditions That Form Us 25

2 Broadening Psychology, Refining Theology 27

Spiritual Transformation and Atonement 28

Radical Empathy in Neuroscience and Psychotherapy 30

Mediating the Theories of Christ's Death 31

Psychotherapy and the Atonement 33

Radical Empathy and the Classic View of Atonement 36

Another Example: The Agape, Caritas, and Eros Debate 39

Moral Implications of Kin Altruism and Inclusive Fitness 41

Christian Love versus Health 43

Notes on My Personal Christology 48

Coda on Spirituality and Religion 52

3 Change and Critique in Psychology, Therapy, and Spirituality 55

Earlier Sins and Preoccupations 58

Ricoeur's Model of Ethics and Morality 61

The Five Dimensions of Moral Reflection 68

The Five Dimensions and the Contemporary Science-Religion Discussion 69

The Place of Evolutionary Psychology 71

The Place of the New Moral Intuitionism 72

Classic Practices and the Deontological Test 75

4 Religion, Science, and the New Spirituality 81

Examples of the New Spirituality 86

The Double Entendre of Spiritual Language 95

The Double Language of Psychology and Psychotherapy 99

Spirituality and Practical Reason 103

5 Mental Health and Spirituality: Their Institutional Embodiment 107

The Crisis in Psychiatry 110

Difficulties with Humanistic Psychiatry 112

Is Psychiatry Alienated from American Religion? 114

Religious Humanism and a Public Philosophy for Psychiatry116

Narrative Identity and the Religious 123

6 Institutional Ethics and Families: Therapy, Law, and Religion 127

The Ethics of Family and Marriage Counselors 129

The Case of Psychology, Biology, and Evolutionary Theory 133

The Case of Law: Close Relationships, Channeling, and Bio-Economics 136

Interactions between Therapy and the Law 139

The New Social-Science Interest in Institutions 141

Margaret Brinig: Law and Institutional Economics 142

Epilogue on the Future of Science and Religion 149

Notes 155

Index 177

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