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Between a rock and a hard place : public theology in a post-secular age

Author: Elaine Graham
Publisher: London ; Norwich, England : SCM Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Public theology is an increasingly important area of theological discourse with strong global networks of institutions and academics involved in it. Elaine Graham is one of the UK's leading theologians and an established SCM author. In this book, Elaine Graham argues that Western society is entering an unprecedented political and cultural era, in which many of the assumptions of classic sociological theory and of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Graham, Elaine.
Between a rock and a hard place : public theology in a post-secular age.
London ; Norwich, England : SCM Press, ©2013
xxvii, 266 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Graham
ISBN: 9780334052784 0334052785 9780334049920 033404992X
OCLC Number: 880456555
Description: 1 online resource (294 pages)
Contents: Elaine Graham --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction: A Rock and a Hard Place --
PART 1 Post-Secular Society --
1 The Turning of the Tide --
2 The Unquiet Frontier --
PART 2 Post-Secular Public Theology --
3 Lost in Translation? --
4 Public Speaking --
5 Crusades and Culture Wars --
PART 3 Public Theology as Christian Apologetics --
6 Jews, Pagans, Sceptics and Emperors --
7 The Apologetics of Presence --
Bibliography --
INDEX --
INDEX OF AUTHORS
Responsibility: Elaine Graham.

Abstract:

Public theology is an increasingly important area of theological discourse with strong global networks of institutions and academics involved in it. Elaine Graham is one of the UK's leading theologians and an established SCM author. In this book, Elaine Graham argues that Western society is entering an unprecedented political and cultural era, in which many of the assumptions of classic sociological theory and of mainstream public theology are being overturned. Whilst many of the features of the trajectory of religious decline, typical of Western modernity, are still apparent, there are compelling and vibrant signs of religious revival, not least in public life and politics - local, national and global. This requires a revision of the classic secularization thesis, as well as much Western liberal political theory, which set out separate or at least demarcated terms of engagement between religion and the public domain. Elaine Graham examines claims that Western societies are moving from 'secular' to 'post-secular' conditions and traces the contours of the 'post-secular': the revival of faith-based engagement in public sphere alongside the continuing - perhaps intensifying - questioning of the legi¬timacy of religion in public life. She argues that public theology must rethink its theological and strategic priorities in order to be convincing in this new 'post-secular' world and makes the case for the renewed prospects for public theology as a form of Christian apologetics, drawing from Biblical, classical and contemporary sources.

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This timely book provides a thorough and helpful overview of where we are and where we might be going. Recommended reading for anyone interested in Christian public engagement. -- Elizabeth Oldfield Read more...

 
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