Why Rousseau was Wrong: Christianity and the Secular Soul [NOOK Book]

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Post-Olympic Britain looks like a very different country from the brittle, post-riot Britain of 2011. However, despite the successes of 2012, Frances Ward argues that underlying tensions remain in our society because we have forgotten how to nurture belonging and trust. Tracing the origins of modern identity politics back to key Enlightenment thinkers, she offers an alternative model of citizenship to the excessive individualism of secular humanism. She examines the Church's role in shaping Western society in ...
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Why Rousseau was Wrong: Christianity and the Secular Soul

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Overview

Post-Olympic Britain looks like a very different country from the brittle, post-riot Britain of 2011. However, despite the successes of 2012, Frances Ward argues that underlying tensions remain in our society because we have forgotten how to nurture belonging and trust. Tracing the origins of modern identity politics back to key Enlightenment thinkers, she offers an alternative model of citizenship to the excessive individualism of secular humanism. She examines the Church's role in shaping Western society in ways which are reflected in the Olympic spirit: belonging together (corporate rather than individualistic identity), about doing things as ends and not means (non-utilitarian, non-instrumental), and about developing character and virtue (rather than a sense of 'identity').
Writing in an accessible and engaging style, drawing on contemporary literature and particularly the work of Alexander McCall Smith and his fictional character Isabel Dalhousie, Ward explores ways in which twenty-first century society can be rebuilt and strengthened for the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441153036
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 706 KB

Meet the Author


Frances Ward is Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and is an inter-faith specialist. She was formerly a Canon of Bradford Cathedral.


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Table of Contents

Introduction \ Part One \ 1. The Secular Soul of Western Culture \ 2. A Brittle Society \ 3. The Legacy of Liberal Egalitarianism \ Part Two \ 4. Such a Thing as Society \ 5. From Generation to Generation \ 6. The Enlightenment Story \ 7. The Play of Divine Wisdom \ 8. The Best that the Anglican Church Can Give \ 9. In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being \ 10. Character Produces Hope \ 11. Character Building \ 12. The Role of Education \ Conclusion \ Postscript
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    Posted March 20, 2013

    this book was awesome, it highlighted why Jean Jaques Rousseau w

    this book was awesome, it highlighted why Jean Jaques Rousseau was wrong! VOTE FOR JOHN LOCKE!

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