Uncertainty and Religion: Ten Provisional Theses

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Abstract

This chapter examines the theme of uncertainty in relation to religion. It does this by way of ten provisional theses: five general theses regarding religion in contemporary society and five theses exploring uncertainity from within the Christian tradition. The first five theses are developed in relation to fundamentalism in religion and the second set of theses develop a positive account of uncertainity in religion. In this latter respect particular attention is given to innovation, diversity and undecideability in religious life. The chapter closes with a proposal about communities of patience within an uncertain world and the link this might have for religious faith.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUncertainty and Risk; multidisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsGabriele Bammer, Michael Smithson
Place of PublicationLondon, UK & Sterling VA, USA
PublisherEarthscan
Pages55-70
Number of pages16
Edition5
ISBN (Print)9781844074747
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Pickard, S. (2008). Uncertainty and Religion: Ten Provisional Theses. In G. Bammer, & M. Smithson (Eds.), Uncertainty and Risk; multidisciplinary Perspectives (5 ed., pp. 55-70). Earthscan.