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Renewing the Self

Contemporary Religious Perspectives

Editor(s): Benjamin J. Wood
Contributors: Linda Woodhead, Ethna Regan, Wayne Morris, Jonathan Chaplin, Philip Booth, Esther McIntosh, Roger Haydon Mitchell;

Book Description

Over the last decade, the UK has witnessed a stunning resurgence of religious engagement in both politics and civil society. From the social pluralism of New Labour to the rise of post-liberalism, the recovery of religious sensibilities in areas like education and welfare continues to have a significant effect on the content of political debate on both the Right and Left. What unites these diverse projects is an effort to recover a neglected form of selfhood. Less acquisitive, more relational, this vision of human identity has led politicians and policy-makers to reject avaricious and atomist accounts of the self in favour of richer accounts of citizenship and common life.

What do these latter models mean for citizens and communities? This book analyses the roots, significance, and future of these developments through the lens of contemporary Christian communities. By drawing on disciplines as diverse as philosophy, theology, history, economics and political theory, Renewing the Self reflects on the prospects and challenges of this rich self in a globalised and rapidly changing world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9885-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9885-6
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 215 / A5
Price: £61.99


Dr Benjamin J. Wood is a Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester, UK, delivering courses in theological ethics and contextual theology. From 2013 to 2015, he was Lead Researcher on the What’s Next for Individualism project, run by the Lincoln Theological Institute at University of Manchester. He is fascinated by the intersection of Christian faith and liberal-secular culture, particularly theological conceptions of political citizenship. Recent publications include “Obeying, Believing and Rebelling: Montaigne’s Theology as Liberal-Christian Politics” in Political Theology (Volume 14, Number 4, 2013), “Plurality and the Rule of Love: The Possibility of Augustinian Multiculturalism” in Political Theology (Volume 16, Number 1, 2015), and “Reading Mill and Forster in Church: Liberal and Hauerwasian Ethics in Conversation” in Studies in Christian Ethics (Volume 28, Number 4, 2015), among others.