The Many Altars Of Modernity

Author: Peter L. Berger
Editor: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 1614519676
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This book is the summation of many decades of work by Peter L. Berger, an internationally renowned sociologist of religion. Secularization theory—which saw modernity as leading to a decline of religion—has been empirically falsified. It should be replaced by a nuanced theory of pluralism. In this new book, Berger outlines the possible foundations for such a theory, addressing a wide range of issues spanning individual faith, interreligious societies, and the political order. He proposes a conversation around a new paradigm for religion and pluralism in an age of multiple modernities. The book also includes responses from three eminent scholars of religion:Nancy Ammerman, Detlef Pollack, and Fenggang Yang.

Racial Integration In The Church Of Apartheid

Author: Marthe Hesselmans
Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 9004385010
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Racial Integration in the Church of Apartheid relates the struggle of South Africa’s Reformed churches to overcome their apartheid past and merge into one multiracial church. It uncovers the potential of faith communities and their limits in untangling religious-nationalist affiliations.

Revisiting Max Weber S Ethic Of Responsibility

Author: Etienne de Villiers
Editor: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161558162
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To what extent could Max Weber's ethic of responsibility serve as a model for us today? An adequate answer to this question could only be given on the basis of a satisfactory interpretation and thorough assessment of his ethic of responsibility. In this monograph Etienne de Villiers sets himself the task of doing just that. He establishes that, in spite of serious shortcomings, Weber's ethic points to the contemporary need for an ethic of responsibility as a second-level normative ethical approach that would address the undermining effect of modernisation on ethical living. Such a contemporary ethic of responsibility would provide guidelines on how ethical living could be responsibly enhanced in our time. The author also presents a brief proposal on how a contemporary ethic of responsibility might be designed.

Peter Berger On Modernization And Modernity

Author: Robert Bickel
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351618911
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With particular attention to his work on modernization and modernity as construed by a sociologist of knowledge, this book offers a sympathetic exposition and evaluation of Peter Berger’s work as one of the world’s most accomplished and influential sociologists. In the context of an examination of Berger’s ongoing work on the social construction of reality, styles of consciousness, the role of science-based technology, pluralism, and other pertinent topics, the author also considers Berger’s unique and thoughtful approach to research and theorizing. Berger’s method of ‘sociological tourism’, which departs sharply from the current emphasis in the social sciences on ever more complex and ostensibly rigorous statistical procedures, provides a refreshing move away from the increasingly esoteric and sometimes alienating methodological self-consciousness that characterizes contemporary sociology. With this distinctive approach, this book will appeal to scholars and students of sociology who share Berger’s interest. The importance of modernization and modernity on a world scale is undeniable, and a deeper understanding of their nature and consequences, will also benefit members of the intelligent laity who are not sociological specialists but are open to new ideas that are clearly explained.

Faith In A Pluralist Age

Author: Kaye V. Cook
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532609949
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Most academics agree with Peter Berger that pluralism theory appears more accurate than secularization theory in accounting for the societal changes that accompany modernization. Yet Berger’s earlier book Many Altars of Modernity gives limited attention to the implications of the pluralist paradigm for religious discourse, in particular for evangelicals. According to Berger—who wrote the first chapter in this book—while pluralism leads to less certainty about faith and creates “secular spaces,” it also, more positively, clarifies the importance of trust in God, highlights the nature of religious institutions as voluntary associations rather than birth rights, and challenges Christians to know what they believe in. Subsequent chapters respond to the first. Four responses are theoretical (e.g., challenging the concept of secular spaces, exploring social constructionism) and four are contextual (e.g., describing anti-pluralist forces in India, challenging feminists to pluralism, examining women’s responses to pluralism, and exploring values in Brazil and China). The ideas are easily accessible to the lay reader and are intended to initiate a much-needed conversation about the implications of pluralist theory. We conclude that pluralism is challenging for Christian faith but, as Peter Berger says, in most ways it is “good for you.”

Redeeming Laughter

Author: Peter L. Berger
Editor: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110354004
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Amid the variety of human experiences, the comic occupies a distinctive place. It is simultaneously ubiquitous, relative, and fragile. In this book, Peter L. Berger reflects on the nature of the comic and its relationship to other human experiences. Berger contends that the comic is an integral aspect of human life, yet one that must be approached and analyzed circumspectly and circuitously. Beginning with an exploration of the anatomy of the comic, Berger addresses humor in philosophy, physiology, psychology, and the social sciences before turning to a discussion of different types of comedy and finally suggesting a theology of the comic in terms of its relationship to folly, redemption, and transcendence. Along the way, the reader is treated to a variety of jokes on a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on humor and its relationship to religion. Originally published in 1997, the second edition includes a new preface reflecting on Berger’s work in the intervening years, particularly on the relationship between humor and modernity.

Political Theology For Theological Politics

Author: Rev. F. G. Emem Umoren
Editor: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1438959443
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1. I have found this book compelling, interesting and relevant to contemporary society, especially in Africa and The Third World Countries. I therefore, very strongly recommend it to pastors, politicians, theologians, public office holders, the general public and particularly, to all lecturers and students of science and the humanities. ONAH, Augustine Odey (Ph.D. FAR, KSJ) Head, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria 2. This is most certainly a great contribution to political and Biblical scholarship. Rev. Msgr. David Cassato, Pastor St. Athanasius Church, Brooklyn, New York and Chaplain, New York Police Department (NYPD) 3. This book is an easy read. The ability to translate the past to the relevance of the present is a great credit to the author - Rev. Fr. Dr. Emem Umoren. He manifests comparatively an extraordinary ingenuity in blending his theological convictions with the demands of the world of politics. Rev. Dr. Dominic Obielosi, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha Nigeria. 4. This book, furnishing a rich, exciting and informative excursus into the religio-political history of Israel in the Isaianic prophetic era, has proven to be ever more relevant today. I recommend it, therefore, to all who long and work for a better world. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel S. Udoh, A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria. Currently on further studies in St. John's University, New York, USA.

The Mechanics Of Modernity In Europe And East Asia

Author: Erik Ringmar
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134292635
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Why, from the eighteenth century onwards, did some countries embark on a path of sustained economic growth, while others stagnated? This text looks at the kind of institutions that are required in order for change to take place, and Ringmar concludes that for sustained development to be possible, change must be institutionalized. Taking a global view, Ringmar investigates the implications of his conclusion on issues facing the developing world today.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion To Cultural Geography

Author: Nuala C. Johnson
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118384431
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**Named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title** Combining coverage of key themes and debates from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives, this authoritative reference volume offers the most up-to-date and substantive analysis of cultural geography currently available. A significantly revised new edition covering a number of new topics such as biotechnology, rural, food, media and tech, borders and tourism, whilst also reflecting developments in established subjects including animal geographies Edited and written by the leading authorities in this fast-developing discipline, and features a host of new contributors to the second edition Traces the historical evolution of cultural geography through to the very latest research Provides an international perspective, reflecting the advancing academic traditions of non-Western institutions, especially in Asia Features a thematic structure, with sections exploring topics such as identities, nature and culture, and flows and mobility

Idols Behind Altars

Author: Anita Brenner
Editor: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486145751
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Critical study ranges from pre-Columbian times through the 20th century to explore Mexico's intrinsic association between art and religion; the role of iconography in Mexican art; and the return to native values. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1929 edition. 118 black-and-white illustrations.