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Modernism

Cleo McNelly Kearns

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544486.003.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Modernism

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While a literary and critical modernism seems on the surface independent of and at times oblivious to theological modernism, the modernist stances taken by major twentieth-century artists and writers raise theological issues and concerns with which they are very much engaged. These issues are incarnated in their stylistic and formal innovations as well as in their range of interests, often sensitive as well as challenging to conservative and orthodox understandings of Christianity and prescient with respect to problems to come. These include problems of comparative religion, esotericism, spiritualism, and pagan and natural theology, as well as questions of politics, ethics, and revolutionary change. Engagement with these matters did not prevent many moderns from finding their way towards religion, Christian and otherwise, on terms both new and old.

Keywords: theological modernism; literary modernism; Christianity; comparative religion; esotericism; spiritualism

Article.  7772 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Comparative Religion ; Religious Subjects in Art ; Religious Studies

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