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True Religion (Blackwell Manifestos)by Graham Ward
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From ‘The Holy Land Experience’ theme park to the aggressive convictions of the fundamentalist, religion is once more haunting the imagination of the West. But how does what we think of as religion today compare with the ‘true religion’ of days gone by?
Through reference to plays, poetry, painting, novels and films, this manifesto traces the genealogy of ‘true religion’ in the Western world, charting changes in our understanding of the term from Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie, pointing out how closely linked those changes are to secularism, liberalism and the development of capitalism.
On the basis of his cultural analysis, the author makes several paradoxical observations:
The book is guaranteed to excite students and scholars of literature, theology and religion, as well as the general reader.
Through reference to plays, poetry, novels, films and painting, this manifesto traces the genealogy of ‘true religion' in the western world and makes six controversial claims about the past, present and future of religion.
Through reference to plays, poetry, novels, films and painting, this manifesto traces the genealogy of 'true religion' in the western world and makes six controversial claims about the past, present and future of religion.
About the Author
Graham Ward is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester. He has been called ‘the most visionary theologian of the generation’.
Table of Contents
1. Religion Before and After Secularism.
2. True Religion and Temporal Gods.
3. True Religion and Consumption.
4. True Religion and Special Effect.
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