After God

After God

by Mark C. Taylor
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After God by Mark C. Taylor

Religion, Mark C. Taylor argues in After God, is more complicated than either its defenders or critics think and, indeed, is much more influential than any of us realize. Our world, Taylor maintains, is shaped by religion even when it is least obvious. Faith and value, he insists, are unavoidable and inextricably interrelated for believers and nonbelievers alike.

The first comprehensive theology of culture since the pioneering work of Paul Tillich, After God redefines religion for our contemporary age. This volumeis a radical reconceptualization of religion and Taylor’s most pathbreaking work yet, bringing together various strands of theological argument and cultural analysis four decades in the making.

Praise for Mark C. Taylor
“The distinguishing feature of Taylor’s career is a fearless, or perhaps reckless, orientation to the new and to whatever challenges orthodoxy. . . . Taylor’s work is playful, perverse, rarefied, ingenious, and often brilliant.”—New York Times Magazine


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226791715
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 03/15/2009
Series: Religion and Postmodernism Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 955,631
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Hiding and Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents


1.  Theorizing Religion
     Religion Visible and Invisible
     Against Theory
     Networking Symbols
     Three Ways of Being Religious

2.  The Protestant Revolution
     The Divided Subject
     The Invisible Hand
     Privatization, Decentralization, and Deregulation

3.  Subjectivity and Modernity
     Freedom and Representation
     Figuring Subjects
     World as Work of Art
4.  Religious Secularity
     Immanence and Transcendence
     Incarnation and Trinity
     Self-Embodiment of God
     Theology and Theory

5.  Eclipse of the Real
     Deaths of God
     Consuming Images
     Cultivating Diversity

6.  Recovering the Real
     Securing the Base
     Marketing the New Age
     Base Closures

7.  Religion without God
     Refiguring Life
     Emergent Creativity

8.  Ethics without Absolutes
     Guide for the Perplexed
     Fluid Dynamics


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