1st Edition

Religion in Modern Societies

By Gunnar Skirbekk Copyright 2024
    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    In Religion in Modern Societies, Gunnar Skirbekk examines the challenging relationship between religion, science, and the state, and explores literature on religion in Western and Muslim-majority societies.

    Through the lens of modernity theory and the perspective of philosophy of science, key issues are discussed, including freedom of expression and the interaction between religion and modern institutions. Chapters include:

    • Science and Religion

    • The Problem of Evil

    • Freedom of Expression

    • Multiculturalism and the Welfare State

    • Religion as Social Integration

    • Islam in a Historical Class Perspective

    The topics discussed are universal issues which in principle hold relevance for all of us living in a modern science-based world and societies in crisis.

    This volume is essential reading to those with an interest in philosophy of religion, religion and science, the work of Jürgen Habermas, the theory of modernization, and the politicization of religion.

    Part 1. Science and Religion

    Chapter 1. Eight points about science and religion in modern science-based societies in crisis

    Chapter 2. To speak of God in light of the problem of evil

    Part 2. Religion and the Constitutional State

    Chapter 3. Freedom of expression and cartoons

    Chapter 4. Offence, the limit of freedom of expression?

    Part 3. Religion and modern institutions

    Chapter 5. Multiculturalism and the welfare state?

    Part 4. Religion in modern societies

    Chapter 6. Religion as social integration: Jürgen Habermas

    Chapter 7. Islam in a historical class perspective: Ahmet T. Kuru

    Chapter 8. Religion in science-based and institutionally differentiated societies in crisis: Concluding Remarks

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    Gunnar Skirbekk is a professor of philosophy, now emeritus, at the Department of Philosophy and the Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway.