An Awareness of What is Missing: Faith and Reason in a Post-secular Age
March 2010, Polity
Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, two conditions must be met: religion must accept the authority of secular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and the universalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely, secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerning truths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reaction to the conception of the relation between faith and reason formulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.
In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title ‘An Awareness of What Is Missing', with philosophers from the Jesuit School for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includes Habermas's essay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermas's reply to them. It will be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of the most urgent and intractable issues of our time.
List of Contributors vi
1 Habermas and Religion 1
MICHAEL REDER AND JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.
2 An Awareness of What is Missing 15
3 On the Attempt to Recall a Relationship 24
NORBERT BRIESKORN, S. J.
4 How Far Can Faith and Reason Be Distinguished? 36
5 Postmetaphysical Reason and Religion 51
FRIEDO RICKEN, S. J.
6 A Dialogue in Which There Can Only Be Winners 59
JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.
7 A Reply 72
• In this important book Habermas develops his views on the relation between reason and faith in a ‘post-secular' society
• This book forms part of Habermas's dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI and represents his response to the views expressed by the Pope in his 2006 Regensburg address
• The volume includes an excellent introduction to Habermas's views on religion; a major new text by Habermas; four essays by Jesuit philosophers interrogating Habermas's views; and Habermas's reply
Jonathan Rée, New Humanist
"A very significant contribution to the renewed
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"The book contains five insightful essays and begins with an
excellent overiew of Habermas's new view of religion, its
development, and the subsequent discussion."
"The value of this slim but suggestive volume lies as much in
what it does — bringing the voices of reason and faith
together in respectful debate — as in what it says. If not