This book explores the relationship between religion and society, and discusses the ways in which the major world religions need to adapt to the modern world. Keith Ward looks at different forms of religious community, then proposes a radical vision of the church as a person-affirming, world-transforming society within the emerging global community.
This timely, new book from renowned theologian and philosopher Keith Ward tells us what Western philosophys greatest thinkers from Plato and Aquinas to Kant and Hegel thought about questions such as the existence of God, the nature of reality and humanity, meaning, value, and purpose. Far from being the enemy of religion, philosophy has more often than not supported a non-materialist view of the universe, argues Ward. This book will be seen as both a brilliant armchair philosophers primer on the history of religious thought.
With over two billion adherents worldwide, Christianity is the world’s largest religion. However, with a multitude of denominations, and a huge variety of opinions on many of its central tenets, it can be difficult to obtain a balanced overview of the faith. Renowned theologian and bestselling author Keith Ward draws from his vast array of experience and knowledge to provide a unique and authoritative introduction for the simply curious and for those seeking a deeper understanding of this complex faith. Examining differing Christian perspectives on fifteen major themes which range from Creation to conceptions of the Trinity, Ward reveals a religion which is united by a common belief, despite being stunningly multifaceted, as he encourages readers to think creatively about a tradition whose impact has been felt in the most remote areas of the planet.
This book is the second part of a major project of comparative theology begun with Religion and Revelation (Clarendon Press, 1994), which looks at major concepts of faith in all four of the main scriptural religions of the world. In Religion and Creation, the author explores the idea of a creator God in the work of twentieth century writers from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. He develops a positive concept of God which stresses God's dynamic and responsive relation to the temporal structure of the universe, and the importance of that structure to the self-expression of the divine being. Professor Ward goes on to present a Trinitarian doctrine of creation, drawing inspiration from a wider set of theistic traditions and recent discussions in physics in the realm of cosmology.
In this, the paperback edition of the influential bestseller, Keith Ward dismantles the attacks on religion by scientists, sociologists, and psychologists, who claim that religion is nothing more than a host of naïve superstitions and delusions. Examining the work of thinkers from Sigmund Freud to Emile Durkheim, Ward offers an alternative view, demonstrating religion's key contribution to the human condition and its crucial relevance to the world today.
Many commentators today claim that religion is dangerous and harmful. In addressing this question, Keith Ward begins by defining what religion actually is and how most human harm has been caused. He then looks at why people say that religion is dangerous, focusing particularly on religious wars and conflicts and on specific attacks on religion, such as the claims that God is wrathful, that religion is intolerant, that religious morality is primitive and cruel. Keith Ward argues that religion produces great good - for example, in terms of hospitals, the abolition of slavery, great art and music, moral heroism, and philosophy and science. Religion, he concludes, is the best rational basis for morality.
Straddling the boundaries between science, religion, and philosophy, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief A wide ranging and informed discussion that addresses the key questions raised by the New Atheists, this engaging and stimulating read debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God. If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is dangerous and irrational. With increasingly intolerant polemic they are dismissing the views of religious people, and misconstruing them in the process. Written with wit, style, and clarity of meaning, this book directly addresses many of the main criticisms raised by the New Atheists—such as Does God cause evil? Is the universe intelligently designed? Is God free?—and is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the arguments for and against religious belief.
In Morality, Autonomy, and God, acclaimed philosopher-theologian Keith Ward argues a strong controversial thesis: that morality is not autonomous, and that theistic morality is deeply rational and of critical importance, especially in modern societies. Referring in detail to contemporary work in moral philosophy, especially where it impinges on religious beliefs, Ward defends the view that certain conceptions of morality depend, in important ways, upon the belief in God. But Ward is careful to argue that the idea of God defended is not necessarily or exclusively Christian. Only in the final chapter does he specifically address problems of morality and Christian doctrine. Academic and rigorous in its approach, and written with characteristic verve, Morality, Autonomy, and God is a significant contribution to the field of moral philosophy and the current debate about the link between religion and morality is today’s world.