Hans Joas’s Faith as an Option is primarily concerned with debunking two myths: first, the idea that modernization—advances in technology and the sciences—renders religious belief obsolete; second, the argument that secularization leads to moral decay. Joas, a leading European social theorist, is more than aware that criticisms of these claims are hardly new—contemporary scholars no longer prove keen to establish a law or rule connecting modernization and secularization, and there seems to be little or no correlation between societies with higher rates of atheism and moral decline. Instead, Joas’s study mainly aims to provide a series of illuminating explanations for why these views captured the imaginations of so many for so long.Read the rest of Faith as an Option.
Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is a contributing editor for The Immanent Frame, and a doctoral student in the History Department at Columbia University. He focuses primarily on modern European intellectual history. He is writing his dissertation on the idea of liberalism in France after World War II.
Posts by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins:
On December 10-11, 2014, the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven) will host the international conference Towards a Critique of Secular Reason? in Leuven, Belgium.Read the rest of Conference: Toward a Critique of Secular Reason?.
The starting point for Gil Anidjar’s ambitious and daring new book, Blood: A Critique of Christianity, is that modern concepts such as capital, state, and nation have entirely Western-Christian origins.Read the rest of Blood: A Critique of Christianity.
The last decade has witnessed a veritable scholarly obsession with the subject of political theology: a multifaceted concept with varying meanings ranging from theocracy studies to the origins of contemporary political ideas.Read the rest of The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts.
Few books in the field of American religious history has received more attention over the few years than John Modern’s Secularism in Antebellum America.Read the rest of Secularism and the invention of American evangelicalism.
Religion and the Idea of a Research University, an interdisciplinary project of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at the University of Cambridge, will be hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference (April 3-5) exploring the question of: What place does religion have in the Western research university?Read the rest of Conference: Religion and the Idea of a University.
The Philosophy Department at Villanova’s will be holding its 18th Annual Philosophy Conference this Spring (April 12-13).Read the rest of Conference: Apocalyptic Politics: Framing the Present.
The Religion Department at Syracuse University will be hosting a conference this fall (September 20-21) entitled, “Is the Post-Colonial Post-Secular?”Read the rest of CFP: Is the Post-Colonial Post-Secular?.