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About Religion: Economies of Faith in Virtual Culture (Religion and Postmodernism) Paperback – July 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0226791623 ISBN-10: 0226791629

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  • Series: Religion and Postmodernism
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226791629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226791623
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,097,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What is religion about in the late 20th century? In a virtual world where surface images provide the depth of reality, what role does religion play? These are only two of the many questions that Taylor (Hiding) explores in his inimitably playful way. He begins by asking how can we engage in speculation about the existence of God after God's death and he argues that Melville's ("the most important writer America has yet produced") The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade provides the best portrait of the bankruptcy of faith. In other essays, Taylor investigates the relationship between psychosocial theory and religion as well as the relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. In addition, he explores the similarities between ancient alchemy and the virtual Postmodern culture. "Today's alchemists," he notes, "sublimate base matter into immaterialities on fiber-optic networks where everything is light." Where is religion in the late modern age? Taylor concludes: "The religion that today calls for reflection does not answer questions or provide meaning but abandons us....[It is] forever turning toward what is always slipping away; we can never be certain what religion is about." As comfortable talking about Karl Marx as about contemporary sculptors Fred Sandback and Richard Serra, Taylor courses through the history of ideas and the images of pop culture to demonstrate that religion, art and literature are cultural constructs inextricably bound together. No one who wants to understand religion and contemporary culture should avoid reading Taylor. (June)
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About the Author

Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His most recent book is After God, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
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To read this book (for me) was like wading through mud. But the result was definitely worth it. This book explored the things that Taylor didn't (or was unable) to write in "Erring: a Postmodern A/Theology." Among other things, he traces the link between Christianity and Captitalism, the lack of distinction between "real" and "virtual," and concludes with how we can begin to live with the "nothing" that is always looming but never really present.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Kennedy on May 27, 2014
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If you're not comfortable with philosophical language, I would not recommend trying to read this book. I loved the first chapter, but with each successive chapter I became more and more delaminated from the goal of the book as I understood it. Add to that the overly complicated language with which it's written and I couldn't justify continuing past the fifth chapter. I did learn some things from this book, but I couldn't help feeling that it was written to justify talking about religion in an academic world where religion is taboo. Perhaps it was. If so, then I am not the audience this book was written to reach.
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