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Religion and Community (Paperback)
  • Religion and Community (Paperback)

Religion and Community (Paperback)

Paperback 374 Pages / Published: 02/03/2000
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Religion is an important social force, both for good and evil, in the modern world. In the final volume of his comparative theology, Keith Ward considers the main ways in which religion and society interact, and the ways in which the major world religions need to adapt themselves in the modern world. These religions are examined as forms of social life, ranging from communities which seek to renounce the world, to those which seek to embody the laws of God in society, those which see religions in critical dialogue with social structures, and those which see religion as a primarily individual matter. The ideas of eretz Yisrael, the umma of Islam, the Buddhist sangha, the Christian church, and the Hindu sampradaya are critically analysed. Ward also considers the doctrine of the church in Aquinas, Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Tillich, and develops a view of the church in a global perspective by means of both a historical and thematic approach. He proposes a radical vision of the church as a person-affirming, world-transforming society in the emerging global community of many faiths and cultures. The relation of religious belief and morality, and the ambiguous role of religion in society, is investigated, and the need for a new religious paradigm is defended, expressing a global perspective without insistence on uniformity.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198752592
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 217 x 138 x 20 mm

Ward ... succeeds ... in depicting the scene with a sure hand, and with an eye uncannily able to discern the wood subsisting in the trees. * World Faiths Encounter, No.28, March 2001 *
Religion and Community is a ... quite exceptional book. * Rob Fisher, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 8, Issue 3, June 2001 *
he engages the issues in critical and comparative perspective. His method is illuminating. * Philip Lewis, THES *
Keith Ward continues to put us in his debt. Here he once again demonstrates his ability to be readable and reliable, and to provide essential reading on any topic to which he turns his mind. * John Saxbeen, Church Times, 20 Oct. 00. *
Ward writes with an appropriate measure of positive appreciation that does not preclude him from also making critical comments ... a substantial achievement ... balanced theological writing * Maurice Wiles, Theology *

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