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Religion in Dialogue with Late Modern Society: A Constructive Contribution to a Christian Spirituality Informed by Buddhist-Christian Encounters

Aldén, Ann LU (2004)
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I avhandlingen med titeln Religion in Dialogue with Late Modern Society: A Constructive Contribution to a Christian Spirituality Informed by Buddhist-Christian Encounters ger jag ett konstruktivt bidrag till en kristen spiritualitet för ett senmodernt och mångreligiöst samhälle. Med utgångspunkt i en nutidsanalys med avseende på relationen mellan religion och modernitet utvecklar jag ett spiritualitetsbegrepp där jag menar att en spiritualitet för ett senmodernt och mångreligiöst samhälle lever inom ramen för tre spänningsfält: mellan ’kontinuitet och inre fragmentering’, mellan ’formella och informella strukturer’ samt mellan de två religiösa formerna vita activa och vita contemplativa. Mot... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

I avhandlingen med titeln Religion in Dialogue with Late Modern Society: A Constructive Contribution to a Christian Spirituality Informed by Buddhist-Christian Encounters ger jag ett konstruktivt bidrag till en kristen spiritualitet för ett senmodernt och mångreligiöst samhälle. Med utgångspunkt i en nutidsanalys med avseende på relationen mellan religion och modernitet utvecklar jag ett spiritualitetsbegrepp där jag menar att en spiritualitet för ett senmodernt och mångreligiöst samhälle lever inom ramen för tre spänningsfält: mellan ’kontinuitet och inre fragmentering’, mellan ’formella och informella strukturer’ samt mellan de två religiösa formerna vita activa och vita contemplativa. Mot bakgrund av detta presenterar och analyserar jag trå religiösa personer: Aloysius Pieris, en kristen jesuit som lever och verkar i det ’buddistiska’ Sri Lanka och Thich Nhat Hanh, en buddistisk zenlärare verksam i det ’kristna’ Frankrike. I samtal med dessa två och på basis av identifierade förutsättningar formulerar jag ansatser till en kristen spiritualitet för ett senmodernt, mångreligiöst samhälle. I denna del är begreppen ’gemenskap’, ’dop’ och ’nåd och ansvar’ centrala. (Less)
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In this dissertation I make a constructive contribution to a Christian spirituality for late modern religiously plural society. The words ‘a constructive contribution’ designate the methodological approach of the study. The words ‘late modern religiously plural society’ include the combination of social, political, cultural and economic factors in relation to which the question of spirituality will be discussed, and a contribution to a Christian spirituality will be constructed.



Based on a description of contemporary religion, in which I refer to modern sociologists (some general and some specifically involved with religion), I outline certain recent characteristics of our contemporary way of relating to religion, and... (More)
In this dissertation I make a constructive contribution to a Christian spirituality for late modern religiously plural society. The words ‘a constructive contribution’ designate the methodological approach of the study. The words ‘late modern religiously plural society’ include the combination of social, political, cultural and economic factors in relation to which the question of spirituality will be discussed, and a contribution to a Christian spirituality will be constructed.



Based on a description of contemporary religion, in which I refer to modern sociologists (some general and some specifically involved with religion), I outline certain recent characteristics of our contemporary way of relating to religion, and formulate a spirituality for late modern religiously plural society. I see such spirituality arising within three dynamic fields: ‘continuity and internal diversity’, ‘formal and informal structures’ and ‘vita activa and vita contemplativa’.



Against this background I present and analyse a case study of Aloysius Pieris, a Christian theologian active in ‘Buddhist’ Sri Lanka and of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk active in ‘Christian’ France. Based on identified presuppositions and in dialogue with these two personalities I proceede toward a construction which contains some basic indicators of a Christian spirituality for late modern religiously plural society. The concepts ‘community’, ‘baptism’ and ‘grace and concern’ are central to the construction. (Less)
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  • Prof Knitter, Paul, Xavier University, Cincinnati, USA
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Thich Nhat Hanh, Aloysius Pieris, Constructive Theology, Buddhist-Christian, Christian, Buddhism, Spirituality, Christian Spirituality, Society, Religion and Modernity, Modernity, Religion, Late Modern, Dialogue, Non-Christian religions, Världsreligioner (ej kristendom), General, systematic and practical Christian theology, Kristen teologi (allmän, systematisk och praktisk)
pages
233 pages
publisher
The library at Centre for Theology and Religious Studies,
defense location
Kulturens' Auditorium, Lund
defense date
2004-12-11 10:15
ISBN
91-628-6351-7
language
English
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yes
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2007-05-25 15:00:01
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