Faith as an Option Paperback

Possible Futures for Christianity

by Hans Joas;

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Faith as an Option

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Many people these days regard religion as outdated and are unable to understand how believers can intellectually justify their faith. Nonbelievers have long assumed that progress in technology and the sciences renders religion irrelevant. Believers, in contrast, see religion as vital to society's spiritual and moral well-being. But does modernization lead to secularization? Does secularization lead to moral decay? Sociologist Hans Joas argues that these two supposed certainties have kept scholars from serious contemporary debate and that people must put these old arguments aside in order for debate to move forward. The emergence of a "secular option" does not mean that religion must decline, but that even believers must now define their faith as one option among many. In this book, Joas spells out some of the consequences of the abandonment of conventional assumptions for contemporary religion and develops an alternative to the cliche of an inevitable conflict between Christianity and modernity. Arguing that secularization comes in waves and stressing the increasing contingency of our worlds, he calls upon faith to articulate contemporary experiences. Churches and religious communities must take into account religious diversity, but the modern world is not a threat to Christianity or to faith in general. On the contrary, Joas says, modernity and faith can be mutually enriching.

Faith as an Option by Hans Joas was published by Stanford University Press in September 2014. The ISBN for Faith as an Option is 9780804792776.

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Details for Faith as an Option

Page last updated 21st June 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherStanford University Press (September 2014)
Number of Pages204
Thickness15 mm
Height232 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code4297390
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