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The Religion of the Future
     

The Religion of the Future

by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
 

ISBN-10: 0674729072

ISBN-13: 9780674729070

Pub. Date: 04/08/2014

Publisher: Harvard

How can we live in such a way that we die only once? How can we organize a society that gives us a better chance to be fully alive? How can we reinvent religion so that it liberates us instead of consoling us?

These questions stand at the center of Roberto Mangabeira Unger's The Religion of the Future. Both a book

Overview

How can we live in such a way that we die only once? How can we organize a society that gives us a better chance to be fully alive? How can we reinvent religion so that it liberates us instead of consoling us?

These questions stand at the center of Roberto Mangabeira Unger's The Religion of the Future. Both a book about religion and a religious work in its own right, it proposes the content of a religion that can survive faith in a transcendent God and in life after death. According to this religion--the religion of the future--human beings can be more human by becoming more godlike, not just later, in another life or another time, but right now, on Earth and in their own lives.

Unger begins by facing the irreparable flaws in the human condition: our mortality, groundlessness, and insatiability. He goes on to discuss the conflicting approaches to existence that have dominated the last 2,500 years of the history of religion. Turning next to the religious revolution that we now require, he explores the political ideal of this revolution, an idea of deep freedom. And he develops its moral vision, focused on a refusal to squander life.

The Religion of the Future advances Unger's philosophical program: a philosophy for which history is open, the new can happen, and belittlement need not be our fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674729070
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 Beyond Wishful Thinking: Life without Illusion 1

Death 1

Groundlessness 5

Insatiability 17

Belittlement 23

Religion and the flaws in human life 35

The common element in past religious revolution 40

What religion is, or has been 49

2 Overcoming the World 62

Central idea, historical presence, and metaphysical vision 62

Incitements to overcoming the world 72

Serenity and benevolence 74

Criticism: betrayal of the past 77

Criticism: the school of experience 80

Criticism: betrayal of the future 84

3 Humanizing the World 90

Central idea, historical presence, and metaphysical vision 90

Making meaning in a meaningless world 96

Our situation and our task 98

The ennoblement of our relations to one another 103

Criticism: betrayal of the past 106

Criticism: the school of experience 113

Criticism: betrayal of the future 117

4 Struggling with the World

Central idea, spoken in sacred and profane voice 121

Metaphysical vision 125

Conception of the self 136

Only one regime 143

Spirit and structure 162

Self and others 170

Twin orthodoxies suppressed 180

Criticism: strength and weakness of the struggle with the world 182

Criticism: estrangement from life in the present 188

5 Religious Revolution Now: Its Occasions and Instruments 196

Reasons for religious revolution 196

The unique position of the struggle with the world 199

Resolving the ambivalence of the higher religions to the transformation of the world 204

Radicalizing the significance of the struggle with the world for our ideas and institutions 207

Achieving a greater life, without Prometheanism 213

Recognizing the defects in human existence 216

Occasions and sources of religious revolution 221

In what sense a religious revolution 236

The practice of religious revolution 239

A tragic contradiction in the history of religion 245

Philosophy and religion 250

Direction and indirections of the religion of the future 255

Christianity as the religion of the future? 257

6 Deep Freedom: The Politics of the Religion of the Future 290

Political theology without God 290

Conception of a free society 293

Four principles 300

The principle of apostasy 303

The principle of plurality 308

The principle of deep freedom 314

The principle of higher cooperation 324

7 Becoming More Human by becoming More Godlike: The Conduct of Life in the Religion of the Future 341

The enhancement of life 341

Method and vision 344

The overthrow: from self-subversion to self-transformation 355

Virtue as self-transformation 366

Virtues of connection 370

Virtues of purification 378

Virtues of divinization 382

The course of life: decentering 387

The course of life: downfall 393

The course of life: mutilation 397

The course of life: mummification 405

The reward 438

Countercurrents 439

Life itself 443

A Note on the Three Orientations and the Idea of the Axial Age 445

Proper Name Index 457

Thematic Index 459

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