Dust that Breathes: Christian Faith and the New Humanisms
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Explores the big religious themes of modern life, including religious identity in global times, the role of conscience, integrity, and versions of religious humanism
- Written by an author who is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading theologians
- Draws on the work of some prominent contemporary philosophers and theologians to clarify the nature of faith
- Unique in its appreciation of the ambiguity of religion – in its representations of the highest human achievements as well as the very worst of human actions – using a balanced and engaged approach to discusses contentious theological and intellectual issues
Part I: Topics.
1. The Specter of Religious Identity.
2. Humanizing Religion.
3. Conscience and Spiritual Conviction.
4. Metaphors of the Soul.
5. Voices of Neohumanism.
6. The Christ of Christian Humanism.
Part II: Thinkers.
7. Human Only Human?
8. Goodness and Fictive Persons.
9. Reverence for Life -- The Spirit of Life.
10. Sovereign Expressions of Life.
11. Ecstatic Humanism.
12. On Christian and Theological Humanism.
—John W. de Gruchy, Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies, University of Cape Town
"The Dust That Breathes reinstates religious humanism in the light of the challenges of globalization, multiculturalism, and the looming ecological catastrophe threatening our planet. Although inflected with Christian theological imagery and concepts, Schweiker's vision addresses all men and women of religious faith who share an urgent sense of responsibility to secure the divinely created order and the dignity of human existence. It deserves to receive wide attention."
—Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, The Divinity School, University of Chicago
"In Dust that Breaths, the renowned North American ethicist William Schweiker continues to portray the stance towards life that he has made known as theological humanism. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey ... in a text that combines a humanistic pathos with a thick theological anthropology, constructive use of particularly Christian sources, and moral realism. It is a difficult and exciting endeavor. It is carried out with the help of Schweiker’s learnedness and his trademark ability to integrate a quest for intersubjectivity with openness for great complexity and ongoing change."
—Per Sundman, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University