New Cavanaugh Book

William Cavanaugh has a new book coming out and it’s already on my Amazon wish list. This looks like a great read. The unmasking of modernity continues.

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4 Responses to New Cavanaugh Book

  1. Eric Lee says:

    As much as I really like these unmaskings, I hope there will be some good constructive stuff in there too. For example, D. Stephen Long’s first book (<>Living the Discipline<>) was actually on how, if one is a Methodist, to convince your fellow Methodists that you are technically a Pacifist and to live as such. We need more constructive stuff from these thinkers, you know? Beyond just pat answers like ‘the Church’ or ‘the Eucharist’, which aren’t wrong, of course, but attempts to creatively think through such things, etc.

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  2. Darrell says:

    Agreed. I think the next step for RO and other post-secular sensibilities, or critics of modernity, is to begin to articulate a positive vision-traces at least of what the unmasking of modernity might produce culturally. I think at a certain point people say, “Okay, you’ve shown me what’s behind the curtain and I agree that the Wizard is really just a man, but what now?” Or, “Does this stuff ever touch the ground?” You raise a good point. At the same time, I still believe there is some “unmasking” of modernity left to do. It would be nice however if with the unmasking there were also some proposals for the “Okay, what then?” questions, and, yes, hopefully this book will do that beyond simply saying that the Eucharist and the Church is its own politics and city.

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  3. Burk Braun says:

    <>“He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.”<>Well, the idea that religion is non-rational is expressed over and over in its own formulations of faith. “Faith is the title deed of things hoped for.” “Without faith it is impossible to please [God].” “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Etc.

    This non-rationality is no myth- it is the basis and fundament of religion, however construed, and certainly of its Christian brand. And from this non-rationality flow great amounts of good and evil.

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  4. Darrell says:

    Your assertion is simply based upon another Western myth: that of the dichotomy of reason and faith, which leads to your erroneous interpretation of what the Bible is speaking of in those areas. So, you are anachronistically projecting back upon the Biblical writers your own view of the relation between faith and reason—a view which is myth and nothing more.

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