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After Modernity?
Secularity, Globalization, and the Reenchantment of the World

Edited by James K. A. Smith

After Modernity?
Paperback, 340 pages $34.95
Published: 1st August 2008
ISBN: 9781602580688
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Philosophy, All Theology, Contemporary Theology, Social & Economic Ethics

After Modernity? addresses a cluster of questions and issues found at the nexus of globalization and religion. This unique volume examine various religious-especially Christian-evaluations of and responses to globalization. In particular, the book considers the links among globalization, capitalism and secularization-and the ways in which "religion" is (or can be) deployed to address a range of "hot button" topics. With cross-disciplinary analyses, the collection argues consistently for the necessity of a "post-secular" evaluation of globalization that unapologetically draws on the resources of Christian faith. The "conservative radicalism" represented in these contributions will resonate with a broad audience of scholars and citizens who seek to put faith into action.

Part I: Introduction

1 - Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-enchantment of the World - James K. A. Smith

Part II: Rethinking Secularity, Secularization, and Globalization

2 - The Gift of Ruling: Secularization and Political Authority - John Milbank

3 - The Time Between: Redefining the “Secular” in Contemporary Debate - Michael S. Horton

4 - Probing the Links between Security and Secularization - Ronald A. Kuipers and Mebs Kanji

5 - Alienated Masterpiece: Adorno’s Contribution to a Transformative Social Theory - Lambert Zuidervaart

6 - Space, Place, and the Gospel: Theological Exploration in the Anthropocene Era - Iain Wallace

Part III: Boundaries and Borders in a Globalized World

7 - The Duty of Care to Refugees, Christian Cosmopolitanism, and the Hallowing of Bare Life - Luke Bretherton

8 - “Faith” as Mediator in Legitimizing Global Market Integration? A Preliminary Probe - J. David Richardson

9 - Globalization and the Problem of the Nature/Culture Boundary - Janel Curry

Part IV: Practices of Re-enchantment

10 - Religion after Democracy - Graham Ward

11 - Celebrating the Church Year as a Constructive Response to Globalization - Scott Waalkes

12 - Agrarianism after Modernity: An Opening for Grace - Norman Wirzba




"This interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of globalization offers ways of thinking that transcend secular/religious dichotomies."

—William T. Cavanaugh, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas

"Luke Bretherton's analysis on the care of refugees... is compelling and powerful and makes this otherwise valuable book indispensable."


"This book employs the expertise of multiple scholars across disciplines (theology, philosophy, religion, political science, social science, economics, and geography) sharing 'post-secular' approaches to globalization, grounded in religious (particularly Christian) thought and practice. ... Attentive reading of After Modernity? will reward advanced undergraduate, graduate, and scholarly audiences appreciably."

—Steven B. Sherman, Regent University, Religious Studies Review 36,3

James K. A. Smith (Ph.D. Villlanova University) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 340 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI019000, POL033000, REL084000
 Baylor University Press

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