Between Relativism and Fundamentalism: Religious Resources for a Middle Position

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Peter L. Berger
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Dec 30, 2009 - Religion - 209 pages
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Our contemporary culture is dominated by two extremes relativism and fundamentalism. Neither is desirable: relativism claims that all questions of truth are irrelevant, whereas fundamentalism insists on sole possession of absolute truth. Internationally renowned sociologist of religion Peter Berger has gathered a group of scholars to consider how, from out of different traditions, one can define a middle position between both extremes. / After an extensive introductory overview by Berger, three essays ( sociological descriptions ) give an objective picture of how relativism and fundamentalism play out in today s world. In the second part ( theological directions ) authors from several different Christian traditions and one conservative Jewish tradition flesh out a normative middle ground that is neither relativist they affirm specific truth claims nor fundamentalist their affirmations include tolerance of the claims of others.
 

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Contents

Reflections on Genealogy
17
Exploring the Via Media in the TwentyFirst Century
35
Evangelicals in Search of a Political Theology
56
THEOLOGICAL DIRECTIONS
103
A Jewish Perspective on Fundamentalism and Relativism
105
A Catholic Perspective
124
A Lutheran Approach
152
An Evangelical Perspective on Relativism and Fundamentalism
164
An Eastern Church Perspective from the Paris School and Living Tradition
180
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Peter L. Berger is senior research fellow and founder of Boston University s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. His many previous books include In Praise of Doubt with Anton Zijderveld.

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