* A thought-provoking collection focusing on the impact of secularity on the future of today's church. Responding to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, prominent Roman Catholic scholars address religion in the public realm, the post-secular problem, the resilience of community, secular humanism, pluralism, and other topics. Contributors include David Tracy, Vincent Miller, and Philip Rossi. 384 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
This volume presents an integrated collection of constructive essays by eminent Catholic scholars addressing the new challenges and opportunities facing religious believers under shifting conditions of secularity and "post-secularity."
Using an innovative "keywords" approach, At the Limits of the Secular is an interdisciplinary effort to think through the implications of secular consciousness for the role of religion in public affairs. The book responds in some ways to Charles Taylor's magnum opus, A Secular Age, although it also stands on its own. It features an original essay by David Tracy -- the most prominent American Catholic theologian writing today -- and groundbreaking contributions by influential younger theologians such as Peter Casarella, William Cavanaugh, and Vincent Miller.
William A. Barbieri Jr.
William T. Cavanaugh
Anthony J. Godzieba
J. Paul Martin
Vincent J. Miller
Philip J. Rossi
Robert J. Schreiter
William A. Barbieri Jr. is associate professor of theology and religious studies at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
author of Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society
"Should the Catholic Church advocate a spirit of openness to the modern world, or should it focus upon preserving and passing on its own rich heritage? This volume suggests it might just be possible to do both -- and thereby move beyond an impasse that has paralyzed the Church since the Second Vatican Council."
Lisa Sowle Cahill
author of Global Justice, Christology, and Christian Ethics
"William Barbieri here convenes notables in philosophy, theology, and the social sciences to address a quandary on the minds of many in modern Western societies: What does religion have to do with 'secular' public and political life? Together these authors show that religion is alive and well, and is already contributing productively to the renewal of civil society and of political participation in a renegotiated and newly hospitable 'secular' sphere. Readers will learn immensely and gain widened vision from the timely content and superb intellectual quality of this effort."
"This is a marvelously rich and suggestive book, which has helped to jar me out of the ruts I had fallen into. I am sure it will do the same for many others."
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