The Stillborn God
Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
By (author) Mark Lilla
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Stillborn God by Mark Lilla
Book DescriptionA brilliant account of religion's role in the political thinking of the West, from the Enlightenment to the close of World War II. The wish to bring political life under God's authority is nothing new, and it's clear that today religious passions are again driving world politics, confounding expectations of a secular future. In this major book, Mark Lilla reveals the sources of this age-old quest-and its surprising role in shaping Western thought. Making us look deeper into our beliefs about religion, politics, and the fate of civilizations, Lilla reminds us of the modern West's unique trajectory and how to remain on it. Illuminating and challenging, The Stillborn God is a watershed in the history of ideas.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400079131
Paperback / softback
(203mm x 133mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
Publisher: Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mark Lilla
Shipwrecked Mind, Paperback (October 2016)
We don't understand the reactionary mind. As a result, the author argues, the ideas and passions that shape today's political dramas are unintelligible to us. He unveils the structure of reactionary thinking, beginning with three twentieth-century philosophers - Franz Rosenzweig, Eric Voegelin, and Leo Strauss.
Reckless Mind, Paperback (October 2016)View all books by Mark Lilla
In profiles of Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Alexandre Kojeve, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, the author demonstrates how these thinkers were so deluded by the ideologies and convulsions of their times that they closed their eyes to authoritarianism, brutality, and state terror.
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Author Biography - Mark Lilla
Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities and Religion at Columbia University. He was previously Professor at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. A noted intellectual historian and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, he is the author of The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics and G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern. He lives in New York City.
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