The Persistence of Faith: Religion, Morality and Society in a Secular Age (the Reith Lectures)

The Persistence of Faith: Religion, Morality and Society in a Secular Age (the Reith Lectures)

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By (author) Jonathan Sacks

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826478557
  • ISBN 13: 9780826478559
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 179,188

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Sacks argues that faiths must remain open to criticism, keep alive their separate communities and still contribute far more to national debates on moral issues. they must also learn to get along better. His thesis is that we still live under a Biblical canopy and that a cohesive morality needs the uniting bonds of faith. Confidence in a faith is a subtle quality and lack of it shows in many ways, some contradictory. Dr Sacks has that confidence and the quiet charisma to communicate it. The subject of this book - religions and ethics - is good ground for him to build on: The Jewish contribution to ethics is distinctly rational and has a long and illustrious tradition. Moral philosophy is after all a Jewish preoccupation. In recent years, he writes, religion has taken us unawares. The rise of the Moral Majority in the USA, the Islamic Revolution, the growth of religious parties in Israel, the power of Catholicism in Poland and the African continent all run contrary to the basic thesis that modernity and secularisation went hand in hand and could almost be regarded as synonyms. Instead and against all predictions religion has resurfaced in the public domain.

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Sir Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth. He is the author of numerous books, including "Celebrating Life," "From Optimism to Hope," "The Persistence of Faith" and "The Dignity of Difference," for which he won a Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Table of contents

1. The Environment of Faith 2 Demoralisation 3. The Fragile Family 4. Paradoxes of Pluralism 5. Fundamentalism 6. A Community of Communities 7. Afterword