In this book a leading contemporary theologian provides an account and a critique of contemporary thinking on the function of religion in society. The chief questions of the day are taken up, expounded with lucidity and clarity, and assessed for their contributions to social theory. The practical relevance of the theoretical analyses emerges especially in a critique of Michael Novak's attempt to make "democratic capitalism" an ideal, and in an original attempt to ground religious hope in communicative rationality.
A wide-ranging account by a leading theologian of the function of religion in society.
General editorsâ€™preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: from the secular to the supernatural; Part I. Society, Religion and Human Agency: 1. Society and the critique of modernity; 2. The present social functions of religion; 3. From inwardness to social action: the transformation of the political; 4. The Christian question to radicalism; Part II. Praxis, narrative and Religious
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