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Capitalism as Religion?: A Study of Paul Tillichs Interpretation of Modernity Francis Ching-Wah Yip

Capitalism as Religion?: A Study of Paul Tillichs Interpretation of Modernity

Francis Ching-Wah Yip

Published September 30th 2010
ISBN : 9780674021471
Paperback
215 pages
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 About the Book 

The relationship between religion and modern culture remains a controversial issue within Christian theology. This book focuses on Paul Tillichs interpretation of modern culture and the influence of capitalism, highlighting the context of his work in relation to Karl Marx and the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. When Tillich moved to the United States he sharpened his focus on the cultural dimensions of capitalism. Using the concept of cultural modernity, Francis Ching-Wah Yip reconstructs Tillichs interpretation of modernity with the key categories of autonomy, self-sufficient finitude, technical reason, objectification, and dehumanization, and shows that Tillichs notion of theonomy served to underscore the problems of modernity and to develop a response.The final section of the book relates Tillichs theology to contemporary theological interpretations of global capitalism and modernity. Yip appeals to the work of Jurgen Moltmann to argue that one should go beyond Tillichs analysis by placing much more emphasis on the material-economic basis of culture and by moving away from the Eurocentric viewpoint to a more global perspective. Finally, he draws on Emile Durkheim to show the quasi-religious dimension of capitalism as a global civil religion and as the culture of modern society.