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.
Michael R. Ott,
A. James Reimer,
Rudolf J. Siebert,
Hans K. Weitensteiner,
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).
Table of contents
Michael R. Ott
Introduction: The Development of the Critical Theory of Religion in Dubrovnik from 1975 to 2001.
Rudolf J. Siebert
PART I: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS
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
PART II: CONCEPTIONS OF THE FUTURE OF RELIGION
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.
PART III: CONCEPTIONS OF THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY
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
About the Authors
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