Dust that Breathes Christian Faith and the New Humanisms

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-10-14
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In this insightful and look at the practical challenges and possibilities for Christian life in the global age, Schweiker investigates Christianity's current relevance and discusses how the life of faith can be oriented.Explores the big religious themes of modern life, including religious identity in global times, the role of conscience, integrity, and versions of religious humanism Written by an author who is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading theologians Draws on the work of some prominent contemporary philosophers and theologians to clarify the nature of faith Unique in its appreciation of the ambiguity of religion - in its representations of the highest human achievements as well as the very worst of human actions - using a balanced and engaged approach to discusses contentious theological and intellectual issues

Author Biography

William Schweiker is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago and he is the Director of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. His many books include Responsibility and Christian Ethics (1995), Power, Value and Conviction: Theological Ethics in the Postmodern Age (1998), Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004), and Religion and the Human Future (with David Klemm, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Schweiker has published numerous articles and award-winning essays, and has edited and contributed to six volumes, including Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Ethics (2006), and The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004, 2008).

Table of Contents



Part I: Topics.

1. The Specter of Religious Identity.

2. Humanizing Religion.

3. Conscience and Spiritual Conviction.

4. Metaphors of the Soul.

5. Voices of Neohumanism.

6. The Christ of Christian Humanism.

Part II: Thinkers.

7. Human Only Human?

8. Goodness and Fictive Persons.

9. Reverence for Life -- The Spirit of Life.

10. Sovereign Expressions of Life.

11. Ecstatic Humanism.

12. On Christian and Theological Humanism.


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