For the past four hundred years, theological debate has been dominated by a fundamental divide: between the liberals, with strong loyalties to the secularity of the secular state and university on the one hand, and the neo-orthodox, insisting on the absolute priority of a proper loyalty to the church community itself, on the other. God and Modernity strikes off in a fundamentally new directionAndrew Shanks boldly calls for a new and better way to do theology.
Shanks argues that God is most present in a culture where public debate over ethical issues flourishes best. Social movements such as feminist movements, peace movements, and green movements have emerged to challenge both Church and State. These new movements are no longer confined to a particular confessional religious identity and are independent of state sponsorship. These social movements already made an individual impact on theology. What would a theology look like, systematically trying to reconcile older divisions in the theological debate with a new loyalty to such movements common ethos?
Anyone wishing to gain a refreshing insight into a new way of understanding theology and politics will welcome this ground-breaking book.

chapter 2|4 pages


chapter 3|7 pages

Three stages of modernity?

chapter 4|4 pages

A second Axial Period?

chapter 6|8 pages

Beyond ‘metaphysics’

chapter 7|23 pages

Post-metaphysical faith

chapter 9|18 pages

Against ‘recoil-theology’

Do the failures of second modernity really compel us to go backwards?

chapter 10|10 pages

The healing of Christendom's original trauma

Against a theology without absolutes

chapter 11|11 pages

A new covenant?

chapter 12|11 pages

The other matrix

Islamic civil society

chapter 14|9 pages

Discourse ethics and religion

chapter 15|4 pages

‘Wo aber Gefahr ist…’