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Christian Humanism and Moral Formation in "A World Come of Age"

An Interdisciplinary Look at the Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Marilynne Robinson

Editor(s): Jens Zimmermann, Natalie Boldt
Contributors: Ryan Huber, Iwan Russell-Jones, Jens Zimmerman, Brad Gregory, Wendy Fletcher, Barry Harvey, Derek Witten,
Subject: Religion

Book Description

Since its inception in ancient Greco-Roman culture, the main goal of humanism has been moral formation through education for the attainment of true humanity. Literature and religion have always played a central role in humanistic learning, especially in the Christian humanism that has deeply shaped Western ideals of higher education. Does Christian humanism remain important today? What does Christian humanism have to contribute to the idea of moral formation in contemporary Western culture that has been characterized by many as “a secular age”? This book addresses these questions by examining two prominent Christian humanists: the twentieth-century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the contemporary American writer Marilynne Robinson. In this volume, a group of international scholars, from a variety of disciplines, bring Bonhoeffer and Robinson into conversation with current moral and ethical issues, from the residential school system to our increasingly consumerist and technology-obsessed society. The contributors demonstrate the profound affirmation of human dignity and freedom that characterize the humanism of both Bonhoeffer and Robinson, highlighting their import as resources for the relation of religion, culture and ethics. The essays in this book thus remind us that religious faith will remain relevant as we search for moral consensus in modern, post-Christian societies. The volume also features a new interview with Robinson that reveals her own religious humanism and her appreciation for Bonhoeffer’s theology.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8722-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8722-6
Date of Publication: 01/03/2016
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £47.99


Jens Zimmermann is Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture in the Humanities Department at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His recent publications include Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World, and, with Oxford University Press, Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (2012) and Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (2015).

Natalie Boldt is a graduate student at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in utopian and dystopian English Literature