Contributions from three members of the University’s Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy are featured in the latest issue of Arena Journal – Religion in a Secular Age
- Can We Re-imagine a Good Society after Neoliberalism? (Dr Ian Barns)
- Can We Live ‘in but not of’ the Immanent Frame? (Reverend Dr Stephen Ames)
- Where Is the Sacred Imaginary in these Secular Times? (Reverend Dr Gordon Preece, Director of RASP)
About Issue 49-50
Through an examination of the work of Charles Taylor in A Secular Age, this special issue of the Journal addresses the adequacy and potential of religious approaches to the difficulties that threaten personal and cultural stability today.
The collaborative work of 6 years in the making, it is composed of articles by three Arena Editors and three authors with religious affiliations.
Part II of the issue is composed of a long article by Geoff Sharp his last writing before his death in 2016. Amongst other things, it further develops his long-standing work on intellectual practices and social life. He addresses the work of Charles Taylor via the categories of revelation and rationality. A major theme is the significance of revelation as a category of rationality in social thought, its partial replacement by explicit rationality in modernity, and the crises of both in the face of contemporary forces that are a threat to homo sapiens in general, as well as to all species.