The Future of Faith

The Future of Faith

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"A beautiful book and a Cox classic....Readers will be grateful that they joined him on his journey." --E.J. Dionne Jr., author of Souled Out

"Insightful, provocative, and inspiring--I even found myself uttering a hearty evangelical 'Amen!'" --Richard Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport

The Future of Faith is Harvard religion scholar Harvey Cox's landmark exploration of why Christian dogmatism is giving way to a grassroots Christianity rooted in social justice and spirituality. Cox laid the groundwork for modern religious writing with his 1965 classic, The Secular City, paving the way for writers like Diana Butler Bass, Karen Armstrong, Stephen Prothero, and Deepak Chopra, who calls The Future of Faith "a fresh vision for the resurrection of a new global Christianity."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperOne
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061755524
  • 9780061755521
  • 478,028

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"With typical brilliance and lively insight, Cox explores questions in a dazzling blend of memoir, church history and theological commentary . . . Cox remains our most thoughtful commentator on the religious scene, and his spirited portrait of our religious landscape challenges us to think in new ways about faith."--Publishers Weekly
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Legendary Harvard religion scholar Harvey Cox offers up a new interpretation of the history and future of religion. Cox identifies three fundamental shifts over the last 2,000 years of church history:

The Age of Faith was when the early church was more concerned with following Jesus' teachings than enforcing what to believe about Jesus.

The Age of Belief marks a significant shift-between the fourth and twentieth centuries-when the church focused on orthodoxy and right beliefs.

The Age of the Spirit, that began in the 1960s and is shaping not just Christianity but other religious traditions today, is ignoring dogma and breaking down barriers between different religions. Spirituality is replacing formal religion.

Reflecting on how his own faith journey mirrors these three historical shifts, Cox personalizes the material in a compelling, practical ways. The Future of Faith is a major statement by one of the most revered theologians today.
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