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Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture

Jens Zimmermann


The question of who ‘we’ are and what vision of humanity ‘we’ assume to undergird Western culture lies at the heart of hotly debated questions on the role of religion in education, politics, and culture in general. Ongoing complaints about higher education, and the apparent failure by European secular societies to integrate religiously vibrant cultures reveal a profound lack of identity and purpose within Western culture. This book suggests that the long-standing separation of reason and faith offers an explanation for the West's cultural malaise. The author proposes that the West can rearticu ... More

Keywords: humanism, secularization, theological anthropology, church fathers, hermeneutics, Islam, participatory ontology, Bonhoeffer, Levinas, Heidegger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Zimmermann, author
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University, Canada.