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Between Relativism and Fundamentalism

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Defines a crucial middle ground between two common but dangerous extremes ^^The current religious scene is dominated by two extremes - relativism and fundamentalism. Neither is desirable: relativism claims that all questions of truth are irrelevant, whereas fundamentalism insists...


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Defines a crucial middle ground between two common but dangerous extremes
^^The current religious scene 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, 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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The current religious scene is dominated by two extremes relativism and fundamentalism. Neither is desirable: relativism claims that all questions of truth are irrelevant and fundamentalism insists on sole possession of absolute truth. Here Peter L. Berger has gathered a group of religion scholars to consider how a middle position can be defined out of different traditions. / The book begins with an extensive overview. The second section covers the sociological aspect of the argument, giving an objective picture of how relativism and fundamentalism play out in the contemporary world. The essays in the third section deal with theology and are normative rather than descriptive. From their differing vantage points several Christian traditions and one conservative Jewish tradition the contributors carve out a space between the two extremes.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 301339
  • Product Code 9780802863874
  • ISBN 0802863876
  • EAN 9780802863874
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Dec 2009
  • Sales Rank 61995
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 14mm
  • Weight 0.340kg

Peter L Berger

Peter L. Berger is senior research fellow and founder of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. He is a Viennese-born American sociologist educated at Wagner College and the New School for Social Research in New York. His many books include The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics; The Social Construction of Reality with Thomas Luckmann, and with Anton Zijderveld, In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions without Becoming a Fanatic.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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