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The death of secular messianism : religion and politics in an age of civilizational crisis

Author: Anthony E Mansueto
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, ©2010.
Series: Theopolitical visions, 8.
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The death of secular messianism argues that the claims of secularists notwithstanding, modernity did not so much abndon humanity's historic search for the divine, but rather transposed it into a new, innerworldly key. This "secret religion of high modernity" came in both positivistic and humanistic variants. The first sought to overcome finitude by means of scientific and technological progress. The second sought to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony E Mansueto
ISBN: 9781606086506 1606086502
OCLC Number: 665196445
Description: 314 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Theoretical foundations --
The human civilizational project --
An imperfect union --
An era of civilizational crisis --
Between cathedrals and starships.
Series Title: Theopolitical visions, 8.
Responsibility: Anthony E. Mansueto.

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The death of secular messianism argues that the claims of secularists notwithstanding, modernity did not so much abndon humanity's historic search for the divine, but rather transposed it into a new, innerworldly key. This "secret religion of high modernity" came in both positivistic and humanistic variants. The first sought to overcome finitude by means of scientific and technological progress. The second sought to overcome contingency by creating a collective Subject--the Modern Democratic State of the Communist Party--in and through which human beings would become the masters of their own destiny. In making his case for this thesis, the author outlines a new political-theological and socio-theoretical perspective which saves what is best in modernity--its focus on human creative activity and its commitment to rational autonomy and democratic citizenship--while re-engaging humanity's great spiritual traditions."

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