Journal Article

Iris Murdoch's Secular Theology of Culture

Maria Antonaccio

in Literature and Theology

Volume 18, issue 3, pages 271-291
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Iris Murdoch's Secular Theology of Culture

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This article argues that Iris Murdoch makes a distinctive contribution to the agenda of theological humanism by formulating a revised theology of culture. Specifically, the article claims that Murdoch provides a compelling apologia for religious life in a secular world in two ways: by defending the significance of individual consciousness, and by retrieving an idea of the religious depth of morality. In doing so, Murdoch's work challenges antihumanist currents in modern and postmodern thought, offers an alternative to confessional forms of religious reflection, and revises previous theologies of culture (such as Tillich's) by giving priority to the ethical dimension of human life.

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