Modernity: Christianity's Estranged Child Reconstructed

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Eerdmans, 2000 - Religion - 240 pages
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"Modern" Western culture is in crisis. Advocates of the emerging "postmodernist" outlook argue that modernity's project is flawed and should be abandoned. This volume by John Thornhill challenges the postmodern critique, arguing that modernity, rightly reconceived, retains the rational force to carry us into the next century. Drawing on the views of contemporary thinkers calling for a reappraisal of modernity's dominant assumptions, Thornhill questions the view that the spirit of modernity is incompatible with Christian ideals and shows how the two can provide the cultural foundation we need as we enter the twenty-first century.

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Contents

Our Western Traditions
16
The Uncertainties of an Ideology Which Calls Its
38
Some Contemporary Reactions to Modernity
56
and Todays Mass Culture
109
Existential Truth Narrative and Modernitys
120
The Free Society of Modernity and
129
Witness the Only Adequate Medium
179
Todays Comprehensive Context More Adequately
190
Providing
211
That Is Aware of Itself
225
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About the author (2000)

John Thornhill is recently retired as head of the Department of Systematic Theology at the Catholic Theological Union, Sydney, Australia.

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