• Theology and the Secular

    Author(s):
    David Newheiser (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Art criticism, Political philosophy, Secularization, Theology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64236
    Abstract:
    Sarah Coakley’s God, Sexuality, and the Self constitutes a major intervention in the debate over the role of religion in the modern world. For understandable reasons, the place of constructive religious thought in the university is fraught; because theology has often asserted its superiority over other disciplines, it is not clear whether it can serve as an equal partner in common inquiry. Against this background, Coakley strikes an irenic tone. She criticizes Christians who reject modernity altogether, arguing that Christian thought should remain in conversation with secular sources. At the same time, however, she claims that only theology is equipped to address difficulties of widespread concern – for instance, concerning gender and sexuality. Where this suggests that theology is still superior, I believe that the bulk of this book points to a more promising strategy for reconciliation.
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