Fr. 26.90

Of God and Man

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In this engaging dialogue, Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist and philosopher, and Stanislaw Obirek, theologian and cultural historian, explore the place of spirituality and religion in the world today and in the everyday lives of individuals. Their conversation ranges from the plight of monotheistic religions cast onto a polytheistic world stage to the nature of religious experience and its impact on human worldviews and life strategies; from Messianic and Promethean ideas of redemption and salvation to the possibility and prospects of inter-religious dialogue and the factors standing in its way.
 
While starting from different places, Bauman and Obirek are driven by the same concern to reconcile the multiplicity of religions with the oneness of humanity, and to do so in a way that avoids the trap of adhering to a single truth, bearing witness instead to the multiplicity of human truths and the diversity of cultures and faiths. For everything creative in human existence has its roots in human diversity; it is not human diversity that turns brother against brother but the refusal of it. The fundamental condition of peace, solidarity and benevolent cooperation among human beings is a willingness to accept that there is a multiplicity of ways of being human, and a willingness to accept the model of coexistence that this multiplicity requires.

List of contents

Preface vii
 
I Preliminary Measures 1
 
II What about This Religion? On the Threat of Fundamentalism - Not Only the Religious Kind 14
 
III The Literati in Aid of Blundering Thought 34
 
IV Sources of Hope 46
 
V Fusion of Horizons 67
 
VI The Disinherited; or, Creating Tradition Anew 81
 
VII God or Gods? The Gentle Face of Polytheism 107
 
Without Conclusions 115
 
Notes 117
 
Index 122

About the author

Zygmunt Bauman, geboren 1925 in Posen, lehrte ab 1954 Soziologie an der Universität Warschau. 1968 ging er nach Israel. 1971 erhielt Bauman einen Ruf auf den Lehrstuhl für Soziologie an der University of Leeds, den er bis 1990 inne hatte. Bauman erhielt 1989 den Amalfi-Preis, 1998 wurde er mit dem Theodor-W.-Adorno-Preis ausgezeichnet. Zygmunt Bauman ist einer der bedeutendsten Soziologen der Gegenwart.

Summary

In this engaging dialogue, Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist and philosopher, and Stanislaw Obirek, theologian and cultural historian, explore the place of spirituality and religion in the world today and in the everyday lives of individuals. Their conversation ranges from the plight of monotheistic religions cast onto a polytheistic world stage to the nature of religious experience and its impact on human worldviews and life strategies; from Messianic and Promethean ideas of redemption and salvation to the possibility and prospects of inter-religious dialogue and the factors standing in its way.

While starting from different places, Bauman and Obirek are driven by the same concern to reconcile the multiplicity of religions with the oneness of humanity, and to do so in a way that avoids the trap of adhering to a single truth, bearing witness instead to the multiplicity of human truths and the diversity of cultures and faiths. For everything creative in human existence has its roots in human diversity; it is not human diversity that turns brother against brother but the refusal of it. The fundamental condition of peace, solidarity and benevolent cooperation among human beings is a willingness to accept that there is a multiplicity of ways of being human, and a willingness to accept the model of coexistence that this multiplicity requires.

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"Engaging and thoroughly thought-provoking, stimulating and brimming with a theological analysis that is ultimately enticing to say the least, Of God and Man, is many things - predominantly that of a search for clarity and some kind of behavioural understanding."
David Marx Book Reviews

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