The Future of Religion

Toward a Reconciled Society


Author: Michael R. Ott
In the midst of the increasing antagonism between religion and secularity, the sacred and the profane, faith and reason – currently described in terms of “the clash of civilizations” – is religion any longer relevant or meaningful in the globalizing development of modern subjectivity, inter-subjectivity, family, society, state and history? If so, how and to what end? In the socio-historical context of the highly secular, neo-liberal/neo-conservative globalization movement, the question of the social meaning and relevancy of religion has entered directly into the contemporary discourse on the future of humanity. This book gives expression to the research of international scholars as they wrestled with these issues during the Future of Religion courses held at the Inter-university Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 2001-2005.
Contributors include: Aleksandra Baša, Reimon Bachika, Aleš Črnič, Anja Finger, Helmut Fritzsche, Denis Janz, Hans-Herbert Kögler, Werner Krieglstein, Mislav Kukoč, Gottfried Küenzlen, Aurelia Margaretić, Michael R. Ott, Dunja Potočnik, A. James Reimer, Kjartan Selnes, Rudolf J. Siebert, Hans K. Weitensteiner, Brian Wilson, Katarzyna Zielinska.

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Michael R. Ott, Ph.D. (1998) in Sociology, Western Michigan University is a Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University. His publications on the Critical Theory of Religion include Max Horkheimer’s Critical Theory of Religion (University Press of America, 2001).
Preface: Michael R. Ott

Introduction: The Development of the Critical Theory of Religion in Dubrovnik from 1975 to 2001.
Rudolf J. Siebert

1. Constantine: From Religious Pluralism to Christian Hegemony.
A. James Reimer
2. Christianity and the Concept of National Guilt.
Denis R. Janz
3. Pious XII and the Second World War.
Hans K Weitensteiner
4. Tepeyac and Plymouth Rock: Pilgrimage and Nationalism in Mexico and the United States.
Brian Wilson
5. The Pains and Pleasures of Opium, Religion, and Modernity:
A New View of Robert Owen. Anja Finger

6. Max Horkheimer’s Negative Theology of the Totally Other.
Michael R. Ott
7. The Functional View of Religion: Limits and Dangers.
Gottfried Küenzlen
8. Religion within the Space of Reasons.
Helmut Fritzsche
9. Spiritual Culture: Transcendence of the Fundamental Problems of Life.
Reimon Bachika
10. The Future of Christianity as a Question about the Future of Europe.
Gottfried Küenzlen

11. Civil Society and the Globalization of Its “State of Emergency:”
The Longing for the Totally Other as a Force of Social Change.
Michael R. Ott
12. Social Philosophical Reflections on the Concepts of Culture and Multiculturalism in the Context of Globalization. Kjartan Selnes
13. Ethics and Religion: From Modern “Aufhebung” to Post-Modern Revival.
Mislav Kukoč
14. The Ethics of Interpretation after Postmodernism.
Hans-Herbert Kögler
15. Toward a Naturalistic Foundation of Community: How Science Can Solve the Spiritual Crisis?
Werner Krieglstein
16. Socio-Economic Basis For Religious Socialization and Youth Issues in Croatia.
Dunja Potočnik
17. Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian National Identity: Some Relations and Controversies.
Alexandra Basa
18. Education Toward Humanity.
Aurelia Margaretic
19. The Human Being Called “Homo Techno-Sapiens: A Note on a Post-Human Perspective.
Jan Fennema
20. Theology of Revolution versus Theology of Counter-Revolution.
Rudolf J. Siebert

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Those individuals, academic departments, libraries and/or other institutions interested in Religious studies, Critical Theory of Religion, Sociology of Religion, History of Christianity, Political theology, Ethics, Globalization, and Future studies