Manifesto of the Critical Theory of Society and Religion

The Wholly Other, Liberation, Happiness and the Rescue of the Hopeless

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The Manifesto develops further the Critical Theory of Religion intrinsic to the Critical Theory of Society of the Frankfurt School into a new paradigm of the Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and Theology of Religion. Its central theme is the theodicy problem. The Manifesto approaches this theme in the framework of comparative religion and critical political theology in a narrative and discursive fashion. In search of a solution to the theodicy problem, the Manifesto explores, trends in civil society toward Alternative Future I (the Totally Administered Society), Alternative Future II (the Militarized Society), and Alternative Future III (the Reconciled Society) in the horizon of the longing for the Wholly Other as perfect justice and unconditional love. Toward that goal it relies on both the critical theory of society as developed by Max Horkheimer, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, and others, and on the new political theology of Johannes B. Metz, Helmut Peukert, and Edmund Arens.
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Biographical Note

Rudolf Siebert was born in 1927 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany. He received his Licentiate and Ph.D. in Theology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany in 1962 after studying history, philosophy, sociology, and theology at the Universities of Frankfurt, Mainz, Munster and the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., U.S.A. Siebert has taught, lectured and published widely in Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, the United States and Canada. He is professor of Religion and Society and Director of the Center for Humanistic Studies at Western Michigan University and of the international course on the Future of Religion in the I.U.C. Dubrovnik, Croatia, and of the international course on Religion and Civil Society in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine. His previous major works were The Critical Theory of Religion: Frankfurt School, and From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology: Personal Autonomy and Universal Solidarity.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. The Critical Theory of Society
2. The Neo-Conservative Trend Turn
3. The Three-fold Critical Th eory of Religion
4. From Quantitative to Qualitative Infinity
5. Theory Formation
6. From Traditional to Critical Theory
7. Universal Pragmatic
8. Truth and Justification
9. Toward a New Model

Appendices
A. Mottoes, Impulses and Motives
B. Special Considerations and Inspirations
C. The Five-World Macro Model
D. The Fundamental Potentials, Categories, and Spheres of Actions
E. Heuristic Model of the History of Religions
F. Antagonisms of Modern Civil Society and their Resolutions
G. Possible Alternative Futures

10. External and Internal Perspective
11. Conscious-making and Rescuing Critique
12. Necrophilous and Biophilous Elements
13. From the Jus Talionis to the Golden Rule
14. Religion and Revolution
15. Concrete Utopia
16. Religion in Socialist Society
17. From Magic to the Dialectical Notion
18. Truth as Meaning of Language
19. Religion in Liberal Society
20. New York: The Capital of Liberalism
21. Religion in Fascist Society
22. The Owl of Minerva
23. Critical Religion: Against Aggression, Force, Violence, and Terror
24. The Jewish-German Tragedy
25. From the Westphalian Peace to the Bourgeois and Socialist Revolutions
26. The Expansion and Contradiction of God
27. The Desperate Hope and the Rescue of the Hopeless
28. Trust in the Eternal One

Epilogue: God, Freedom, and Immortality

References
Index

Readership

Students and professors who are interested in psychology and social psychology, sociology and anthropology, philosophy and theology and comparative religion in public and private, secular and religious universities and colleges.

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