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Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, two conditions must be met: religion must accept the authority of secular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and the universalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely, secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerning truths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reaction to the conception of the relation between faith and reason formulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.
In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title ‘An Awareness of What Is Missing', with philosophers from the Jesuit School for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includes Habermas's essay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermas's reply to them. It will be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of the most urgent and intractable issues of our time.
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Table of ContentsList of Contributors vi
1 Habermas and Religion 1MICHAEL REDER AND JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.
2 An Awareness of What is Missing 15JÜRGEN HABERMAS
3 On the Attempt to Recall a Relationship 24NORBERT BRIESKORN, S. J.
4 How Far Can Faith and Reason Be Distinguished? 36MICHAEL REDER
5 Postmetaphysical Reason and Religion 51FRIEDO RICKEN, S. J.
6 A Dialogue in Which There Can Only Be Winners 59JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.
7 A Reply 72JÜRGEN HABERMAS
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"Social scientists spent most of the past century trying to work out why the world was failing to live up to their expectations: why was there still so much rural idiocy, and why was religion refusing to go away? No one has brought more intellectual heft to these problems than Jürgen Habermas."
Jonathan Rée, New Humanist
"A very significant contribution to the renewed faith–reason dialogue."
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"The book contains five insightful essays and begins with an excellent overiew of Habermas's new view of religion, its development, and the subsequent discussion."
"The value of this slim but suggestive volume lies as much in what it does — bringing the voices of reason and faith together in respectful debate — as in what it says. If not more so."