The Future of Faith
By Harvey Cox
(HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780061755521, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
Harvey Cox is the Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he has taught since 1965, both at Harvard Divinity School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His book The Secular City, published in 1965, became an international bestseller and is widely regarded as one of the twentieth centurys most influential books of Protestant theology.
?eoeAt this crucial turning point in history, Harvey Cox reminds us of essential religious values and imperatives . . . A timely and prophetic book?e
-Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God
?eoeFor the last four decades, Harvey Cox has been the leading trend spotter in American religion.?e
-Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy
?eoeThe Future of Faith is insightful, provocative, and inspiring?e"I even found myself uttering a hearty evangelical ?eoeAmen?e at many points!?e
-Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport
?eoeThis important book has not only helped me understand the past, present, and future of this amazing phenomenon called Christianity ... it has also motivated me to keep working to help make actual the possible future Cox envisions.?e ?
-Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian
?eoeHarvey Cox has been a voice of both reason and faith in our cynical times. Now, he offers ?a fresh vision for the resurrection of a new global Christianity that will restore our faith both in ourselves and the divine.?e
-Deepak Chopra, author of Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment
?eoeThe Future of Faith is a tour de force. As passionate and challenging as his classic, The Secular City, Cox?e(TM)s new book invites the faithful, the skeptical, and the fearful into a spirit-filled vision of Christianity that can renew a hurting world.?e
-Diana Butler Bass, author of A People's History of Christianity
?eoeWith 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.?e
?eoeCelebrated religious scholar Cox argues that we are witnessing the dawn of a third epoch in Christian history . . . Cox?e(TM)s work is intriguing, and there is certainly truth in his observations about global Christianity and the rise of Pentecostalism and liberation theology.?e
?eoeA lucid and congenial book . . . [Cox] is not alone, but he is most cogent, in thinking that the content of Christian faith is becoming more like that of the early church . . . A book full of good news.?e
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
?eoeWith its overarching themes, Cox?e(TM)s new book can be viewed as the culmination of his life?e(TM)s scholarship.?e